Creeping Inexorably Toward A Worthwhile Sub-Heading.
Thursday, December 18, 2003
Those of you who have stopped by before (Hi, Mom!) will notice that I changed the look of the site a bit. Obviously, I think it's a little nicer, but I welcome any feedback or suggestions. I figure this whole exercise will be a work in progress until I'm not doing it anymore, so as far as I'm concerned, change is always good.
Some business: The Smart Family's annual Great Northwest Holiday Parent Tour and Sausage Festival kicks off early tomorrow morning. For me, this
equals one solid week of holiday family fun! For you, it means no updates until sometime after the holiday with that little kid in the barn and the fat man on the
roof. If something earth shattering happens, I'll try to post something, but frankly, chances are good I won't even hear about it.
I was thinking last night, if Damian Miller gets shipped to the A's as expected, is there any catcher in the history of the game who has caught more elite
pitchers during a three year span? I mean, talk about a charmed life. He spends a couple years catching Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling, then he spends last
year with Kerry Wood and Mark Prior, and now he might be spending next season on the receiving end of Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder and Barry Zito! That's
seven of the best pitchers in the game right now, and he could spend at least one season as the primary catcher for each of them. Granted, most of these guys
have given him his share of bruises, but it's still nice work if you can get it.
Don't know about the rest of you, but I just want something to happen with A-Rod. I don't even care what it is, just so it gets out of my hair.
Trade him, don't trade him, release him, send him to Siberia. Really, I'll take anything. Just do something! There, I feel better now.
The one thing that concerns me about going away this week is that I think there's going to be a flurry of activity in the first few days after December 20 (the non-tender deadline for players not eligible for free-agency). This could be the time when we see some action on the fourth outfielder situation, but if not, it might be a while.
Of course, just as I'm writing this, it comes across the wire that the Cubs signed Kent Mercker to be the second lefty in the pen. Blech! The good news is, it's a one-year contract, and while it's for too much money ($1.2M), the fact that there isn't even a second-year option means the team realizes there's a decent chance he could stink the joint up. His three-year splits against lefties are decent (.216/.330/.392), but he's hurt by a strangely high walk rate against them. He's going to be the fifth guy out of the pen, so he won't do tremendous damage, unless he's used against right-handers. Seems like one of those signings where you hope to catch a little lightning in a bottle, and if you don't, you fix the problem in July. So, while this isn't a very good signing, it's not one that's likely to painful in the long run.
That's it for now. Here's wishing everyone happy and safe holidays, and a fantastic new year!