Odds & Ends: Thames, Manzella, Royals, Marlins

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5 years 6 months ago

Mike Schmidt knows all about going from 2nd to 3rd! He’ll be fine…

JohanSantana
5 years 6 months ago

The Mets probably should look at some more catchers while they are at it too.

Infield Fly
5 years 6 months ago

Collect ’em all!

Infield Fly
5 years 6 months ago

Collect ’em all!

cubnation
5 years 6 months ago

Byrd needs to shut his mouth and play ball. I hope he doesnt have to learn the hard way that the fish bowl, that is chicago, lets nothing slide. Nobody cares about milton bradley. please tell me that you are smart enough to realize that anyone that knows anything about cubs baseball completely understands that you are very different ball players. Just put your head down and get to work.

bjsguess
5 years 6 months ago

Who is comparing Byrd to Bradley? Byrd isn’t a total tool and he has nowhere near the natural ability of Bradley. They really are totally different players.

Suzysman
5 years 6 months ago

“Marlon Byrd tells USA Today’s Bob Nightengale that he’s uncomfortable being compared to friend and former teammate Milton Bradley.”

Hello? What exactly did you expect would happen? Just wait till you’re hitting .280/.330/.400 with questionable Defense in center and the inability to play every day! Let me tell ya, boy did you pick the wrong club to sign with if youre already bothered by this…

Side note, can we get an age check on aisle MB? Maybe its the light or angle in the photo, but he looks like he might be pushing 50 in the picture attached to that article.

UnfriendlyConfine
5 years 6 months ago

Why shouldn’t he be bothered by it? He’s in Chicago to play baseball, not to answer questions about Bradley. If you were Byrd, and Bradley were your friend, I’m sure you would share the same sentiment. I know I would. It’s absolutely ridiculous that Bradley’s name is STILL brought up, even though he’s in Seattle now. The sensitive members of the Chicago media need to focus on the guys that are with the Cubs, and not worry about Milton Bradley anymore. That goes for the fans, too. Blaming the season’s failures on guys like Bradley and Aaron Miles, two guys who aren’t anything to write home about. If anybody should get blame, it’s the guy in your avatar…

Suzysman
5 years 6 months ago

“Why shouldn’t he be bothered by it?”

It’s not like I said he has no right to be bothered by it. But it doesnt change the fact he picked the wrong place to sign if it is going to bother him, especially so quickly.

“It’s absolutely ridiculous that Bradley’s name is STILL brought up, even though he’s in Seattle now.”

I dont disagree there either, but its not like it wasn’t predictable. And that’s the point.

UnfriendlyConfine
5 years 6 months ago

Why shouldn’t he be bothered by it? He’s in Chicago to play baseball, not to answer questions about Bradley. If you were Byrd, and Bradley were your friend, I’m sure you would share the same sentiment. I know I would. It’s absolutely ridiculous that Bradley’s name is STILL brought up, even though he’s in Seattle now. The sensitive members of the Chicago media need to focus on the guys that are with the Cubs, and not worry about Milton Bradley anymore. That goes for the fans, too. Blaming the season’s failures on guys like Bradley and Aaron Miles, two guys who aren’t anything to write home about. If anybody should get blame, it’s the guy in your avatar…

Suzysman
5 years 6 months ago

“Marlon Byrd tells USA Today’s Bob Nightengale that he’s uncomfortable being compared to friend and former teammate Milton Bradley.”

Hello? What exactly did you expect would happen? Just wait till you’re hitting .280/.330/.400 with questionable Defense in center and the inability to play every day! Let me tell ya, boy did you pick the wrong club to sign with if youre already bothered by this…

Side note, can we get an age check on aisle MB? Maybe its the light or angle in the photo, but he looks like he might be pushing 50 in the picture attached to that article.

5 years 6 months ago

if polonco can make the transition from 3rd to second when being traded to detroit he can handle being put back at thrid

UnfriendlyConfine
5 years 6 months ago

I wish the Cubs could go after Crawford, but they’d most likely have to trade Fukudome(I’m sure Sori could gain some AL interest, but his albatross contract hinders most trade possibilities). I’m not sure who would want Fuk, unless the Cubs were willing to eat a good portion of his salary. I’m not thrilled at all about Byrd in centerfield, either. And he’s supposed to be the 5th in the lineup, too? Oy vey…

rockiesfan_303
5 years 6 months ago

If I were Marlon, I wouldnt want Cubs nation comparing me to MB either.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

His shoulder is an issue though. How about Joe Beimel and Russ Springer?

As for Drayton McLane, he doesn’t think about winning. He just want players who are good people and do good for the community. It just doesn’t seem like he ever puts winning first, which is what 29 other owners do do.

101andCounting
5 years 6 months ago

And they both had their numbers artificially inflated in a contract year by the Bandbox of Arlington.

5 years 6 months ago

Span, let’s investigate your comment about McLane right quick, because usually your comments are a bit better than that. 29 other owners, although I get that you are exaggerating a bit, makes no sense and saying that he does nto put winning first, is unfounded.

Facts.

Houston: 8th highest payroll in all of MLB in 2009.
Since McLane purchased in 1993 (I do not count purchase year), Houston has been to the playoffs 6x, won a pennant for the first time ever, went to the WS for the first time ever, and compiled a win percentage of .531 under McLane, and the organizational lifetime win pct is .498 since 1962. So, how much of that .498 is due to McLane?

Houston had only been to the playoffs 3x total since 1962 when the team was formed. He has spent money on the payroll, unlike a ton of other owners, and has been “too loyal” ,I agree, to some of his players however, he, McLane has brought winning to Houston during his ownership and some elite players. Bagwell, Biggio, Clemens, Pettite, Beltran, Berkman, Oswalt, etc.

Let’s look at those other teams and their playoffs all since 1994: (WS means they won)
ARI – 4, 1WS (since 98)
ATL – 12, 1WS
BAL – 2x
BOS – 9, 2WS
CHC – 4x
CHW – 3x. 1WS.
CIN – 1x
CLE – 7
COL – 3x
DET – 1
KC – 0
FLA – 2, yes 2WS
LAA – 6, 1WS
LAD – 6
MIL – 1
MIN – 5
NYM – 3
NYY – 14, 5WS
OAK – 5
PHI – 4, 1WS
PIT – 0
SD – 4
SFG – 4
SEA – 4
STL – 8, 2WS
TB – 1 (since 98)
TEX – 3
TOR – 2WS in 92 and 93, never went back to the playoffs.
WAS/MON – 0

So if I am reading this correctly, under McLane, we have more playoff appearances than 21 other organizations and equal to 2 additional organizations. Add Houston’s name to that hat and: Only 5 teams with more playoff appearances: ATL, BOS, CLE, NYY, and STL since he took over and 2 teams equal in playoff apearances: LAA, and LAD.

Whether we as disgruntled fans want to admit it or not, McLane has been good to Houston.

Ya Ya, you’re going to make the argument that our farm sucks, and it does now, but it hasn’t always been that way.

I am an Astros fan, always will be, and let’s give some credit where credit is due to McLane.

5 years 6 months ago

Beltran doesn’t really count, but McLane opened his pocketbook and made a true effort to keep him and if I remember correctly, was only outbid by the Mets by about 1-200k p/y. And I am trying to locate how much Astros offered Randy Johnson before he signed with Arizona for 4/52.

Ferrariman
5 years 6 months ago

the astros franchise has so much potential with an owner that actually SPENDS…but only if they had a decent GM…

contracts like brandon lyon at 3/15 are just disgusting. I can’t believe Wade was re-hired after that deal. as much as the astro fans hate to admit it, their taking a steady phase into re-build mode.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Alright, I’ll give that to you and I understand what you are coming from, but there were certain years under McLane’s helm where the Astros were in really good shape and set for the future. Like any team, if they are not in good shape, that team has to rebuild. Drayton McLane however, loves the presence of Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman and would rather have them and pay them $40MM+ than have some good young players and tons of payroll flexibility. The Minor league system is pretty much empty with the exception of like 5 players, They can’t trade Lee, Bourn or Pence wouldn’t make sense to trade, therefore Oswalt and Berkman are the obvious trade candidates. I understand how much Berkman means to Houston, I understand that, but the Astros are not good heading in to the future and need to rebuild. They have not.

5 years 6 months ago

Just like anything else in life, only time will tell. Yes, it appears to be disgusting, but… And I agree, we should be focused on rebuilding right now, but we are not.

5 years 6 months ago

I agree about the rebuild 110 percent, but it does not appear to be headed that direction yet. Houston has a rough road ahead of them this season with teams like STL getting better by the minute. CHC could be good if they can piece it together, and MIL is always a threat.

I agree, switch to rebuild mode.

Wade built such a ridiculous Philly farm, but his MLB level FA pickups reall make one scratch your head.