Sabathia’s Competition

C.C. Sabathia said this morning that he does not intend to opt out of his contract, but stopped short of guaranteeing a return to the Bronx next year. The left-hander can exercise an opt-out clause in his contract and hit free agency after the season if he and his agent see the opportunity for a better deal on the open market. 

Sabathia appears to like New York – he has certainly pitched well since donning pinstripes – so there's no guarantee that he opts out. But we can be reasonably sure of one thing: he won't have much competition from free agent starters if he does choose to explore free agency again. Here's a look at some of the other starters who will be available after the coming season:

It would be hard to fault Sabathia for staying put. The Yankees win and $92MM is a lot of money. But Sabathia has averaged a 3.27 ERA, 234 innings, 197 strikeouts and 20 wins in two seasons as a Yankee. Another similar campaign would put Sabathia in position to obtain more guaranteed money, especially considering the shortage of aces likely to be available in free agency.


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  1. The_Silver_Stacker 4 years ago

    Mark Buerhle, lost all respect of him for his Michael Vick comment. It would be ironic if gets injured this year.

    • Buerhle gained my respect for his comments… I felt the same way when the egulls were playing…

      • The_Silver_Stacker 4 years ago

        So I can say I hope Buerhle has a career ending injury?

    • Buerhle was right about Vick the Miserable ghetto punk should be tied to one of his own “rape tables ” back in prison

    • Yankee_Baal 4 years ago

      Sure, Buehrle is terrible… Vick on the other hand is a saint, he only killed dogs ¬¬ you prick

  2. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    Wainwright’s option became garaunteed with the Cy Young voting.

    • bosox21 4 years ago

      Thank you for bringing this thread back to baseball.

  3. wickedkevin 4 years ago

    The only team that will overpay the Yankees for CC is the Yankees.

  4. dgirton88 4 years ago

    CC would be mediocre on many teams. He is lucky to play for such a good offense. Put him in King Felix’s spot last year and he would barely hit ten wins.

    • Mediocre on many teams? Are you delusional?

      The guy is the definition of an ACE, in the A.L. East non the less. He’s been nothing short of stellar for years now. Please tell me one team outside of the Phillies, Giants, and Mariners where he wouldn’t be the best pitcher on that staff?

      Mediocre? Child please.

      • dgirton88 4 years ago

        Ill name 5 teams. St Louis, Florida, Boston, Colorado, heck ill say Johan and the new york mets for number 5.

        • phoenix2042 4 years ago

          ridiculous. CC is better than Johan, especially with his injuries lately. I would say that CC is just as good as wainwright. his ERA is worse, blah blah. Wainwright pitches in the NL central, weakest division in baseball. CC pitches in the AL east, hardest division in baseball. Don’t believe me? Look at what CC did in the NL central with the Brewers in 2008.

        • Hmm sorry I think im missing something.

          Where are Wainwright/johnson/beckett/lester/buchholtz/jimenez cy young awards? and isnt Johan out until july?

          Also Carpenter is injury prone, and older right? I would take Sabathia over him any day.

          • dgirton88 4 years ago

            CC won a cy last season? Cause i remember him not winning one. I dont care what he did years ago. I care about what a pitcher can do for me NOW, and CC is showing signs of not being the best anymore. Hes good but hes not a top 10 pitcher. Id take JJ, Lee, Doc, Hamels, Felix, Wainwright, Carp, Price, Hudson, Jimenez, Timmy, Cahill, maybe a few others over him next season if he opted out.

          • You know you went from calling him mediocre to calling him good, right?

            I mostly agree with you, but Cahill and Hudson have absolutely no business being on that list. They’re not even the best pitchers on their respective teams.

          • Must have missed the boston pitcher in that list!

            Josh johnson is good but young, again he wasnt even in the running for cy young last year. Lee? ok thats understandable. Doc? yea makes sense. Hamels? You kidding me? really? guy had one good bounce back year and no cy youngs and has never won 20 games with the philly offense?!?! Price had one good season, needs to show me more, hudson is getting older and hasnt won 20 games, jimenez had a breakout last year and I would put him close to CC, lincecum alright same category although he showed a decline last season in terms of reg season. Cahill? again way too young.

            I would put CC as one of hte top 5 pitchers in baseball, with doc/hernandez/lee and either lincecum or hernandez.

            CC is a durable workhouse and perenniel cy young contender. Not everyone on that list can say that.

          • wickedkevin 4 years ago

            Jon Lester.

          • crackis4lovers 4 years ago

            Thank you!

          • I agree lester should be on that list, but he said red sox in the team that sabathia wouldnt be the ace on, but when listing pitchers left out the red sox. Thats all I was saying there.

          • Wainwright finished in the top three in cy young voting the last two years. The only way his option cannot be initiated is if he gets injured. However, the Cardinals should pick up his option regardless of whether he gets injured this year or not. They are getting a bargain.

      • CitizenSnips 4 years ago

        CC’s a very solid pitcher but take away that offense and he’s not really that dominant. His durability keeps him in games not his stuff.

        • Jason_F 4 years ago

          Funny how his slider, according to fangraphs, grades out as the best one in baseball over the past 5 years and his changeup is 4th best in that time frame. Not to mention, his fastball averages between 93-94 mph. Sounds like his “stuff” is just fine to me.

        • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

          nope.

        • 0bsessions 4 years ago

          Even as someone who finds him vastly overrated by Yankees fans, one cannot deny that he IS dominant and a legitimate staff ace. I wouldn’t place him in the MLB’s top ten pitchers right now, but his offense has little to do with it as it’s not just his wins compiling.

          Now, one could argue that being a left spending half his games at NYS helps him a bit, but it’s not that dramatic a difference. Elite? Maybe, maybe not, but he’s definitely a great pitcher.

        • MB923 4 years ago

          The only thing that an offense has an impact on for a pitcher is their W-L. Stupid argument.

    • You accidentally posted this, just so you’re aware.

    • Jason_F 4 years ago

      Wow, then I guess it’s a good thing that smart people don’t judge pitchers by how many wins they accumulate. It sure is nice to have stats that don’t take into consideration the offensive support a pitcher receives. Wait, you haven’t heard of those?

    • crackis4lovers 4 years ago

      I’m a Red Sox fan and that’s just so, so foolish. He’s one of the top 5-10 starters in baseball. Period.

      • 0bsessions 4 years ago

        Top fifteen, almost definitely, but top ten is surely debateable.In 2010, he was:Thirteenth in the MLB in WAR.26th in the MLB in FIP.24th in the MLB in xFIP.22nd in the MLB in ERA (For qualifying starters)14th in the MLB in ERA for starters logging 200 IP or more.As I said, he’d a great pitcher, but I’d say he misses the top ten right now. Above him, I’d probably rank RIGHT NOW (In no particular order): Halladay, Hernandez, Lester, Price, Lee, Weaver, Verlander, Lincecum, Wainright and Oswalt with a maybe on Jiminez, Kershaw, Cain and Hamels.

        This post correction was brought to you by Delorean.

        • “In 2011, he was…”

          Biff Tannen, give back that sports almanac.

          • 0bsessions 4 years ago

            I also would’ve accepted:

            Helloooo? McFly?!

          • I thought I’d be all cool and use a name that less people would recognize.

        • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

          I typed up a whole post and am waiting for it to be approved but in addressign what you just said, it is WAYYYYY short-sighted to point to 2011 and say how good a pitcher or player is or isn’t. In the post I wrote CC ranked top 8 in GS, IP, FIP, WAR, K/9, HR/9, SO, WHIP, SHO, CG and WINS from 2001-2010. THAT’S an ace. Ranking him for 2010 when you have possible “flash in the pans” like Cahill, Latos and others seems like a complete lack of understanding of what an ace is and I would expect more from you dude. That’s like me saying Beckett is a horrible pitcher just based off of what he did in 2010 or calling Buchholz a true ace based upon what he did last year as well.

          • 0bsessions 4 years ago

            Of the ten pitchers I said are better, I only one who hasn’t put up great numbers the last two years. The 2001-2010 thing is the essential opposite end of the spectrum in that WAR, IP, GS, SO, SHO, CG are all dependent upon time accrued. Going by 2001-2010 statistics gives an unfair advantage to guys like Sabathia compared to guys like Lester or Lincecum.

            Sabathia’s one of the best pitchers of the last decade, but right now, he’s probably somewhere between 10-15/20 in terms of pitchers currently active. The basic statement being refuted is the idea that Sabathia would be the ace on most other teams, which is not necessarily the case.

          • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

            Haha…ok. How short-sighted do you want to go?

            Last 3 years w/ 300 IP min

            FIP- #5
            WAR-#5
            GS- #1
            IP-#2
            CG-#3
            SHO-#2
            K/9- #30
            Total SO-#2
            Wins-#2

            The only thing that CC hasn’t done over the last 3 years is not be among the top in K/9 and partly is because he’s used his CH which induces a lot more GB. He also realized that he doesn’t have to strike out guys to be effective so long as he can strike out when he needs to (MISP).

            Unless you use 2010 alone, then I don’t know how anyone can not view CC as one of the 10 best. The fact that you put Price, Weaver, Cain, Jiminez and Hamels ahead of CC indicate that you really are putting a HIGH emphasis on 2010 since it was the first “ace like” seasons for Weaver, Price, Jiminez, etc.

    • crackis4lovers 4 years ago

      Felix Hernandez, in Felix Hernandez’ spot barely hit 10 wins last year.

    • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

      Any pitcher pitching for the M’s would barely hit 10 wins simply because the team can’t score runs. Saying CC would struggle to get 10 when Felix struggled to get 13 isn’t saying much. Many below have already covered why CC is far better than a medoicre pitcher. Get your head out your @ss.

  5. captainjeter 4 years ago

    if he opts out ,let him go elsewhere. All we need is another A Rod deal choking us.

    • FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

      so you’re okay with hughes as your ace?

  6. rockfordone 4 years ago

    He’s going no where – can we move on to real stories

  7. CitizenSnips 4 years ago

    CC’s definitely staying. No way any other team will pay $23 million for 3.3 ERA ball. His rubber arm is the only plus side.

    • nhsox 4 years ago

      Exactly. And who’s to say the Yankees won’t pay him more than that if they’re desperate?

  8. I hope he opts out, only to cost the yankees more money. Or hell, maybe he will go to the nationals! I mean yea unrealistic but could you imagine him and strasburg on the same rotation? Would be good, and they have shown a willingness to spend money.

  9. If St. Louis can’t sign Pujols… there is a whole lotta money available to make that rotation solid.

    • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

      Whole lot of money available with no one to spend it on

      • Muggi 4 years ago

        Yep, horrible offseason to be shopping for TOR starters.

  10. Sorry, I thought you were replying to someone else and it won’t let me erase the comment. My bad :/

  11. BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

    You can scratch Kuroda off that list. All indications are that he intends to return home after this season. As for him being “not as dominant” as Sabathia, I’d suggest setting their stat lines side by side and comparing. Kurdoda isn’t as flashy, and of course he doesn’t wear pinstripes, but he paces Sabathia in nearly every other category.

  12. Hard to see Buehrle playing for any team but the White Sox.

  13. bklyn56 4 years ago

    If Sabathia opps out which I dont think he will ….It would have to be motivated by ego & greed. Personally to walk away from a guaranteed 92 million? How much more money would he need to live. CC loves N.Y. He built a home there. He’s involved in the community. Has done many good charible things for many people. I don’t see him as a type of guy who needs the prestige of making the most money in baseball.
    He & his family are set up for generations. He loves playing in N.Y. He’s got it made & I’m sure he knows it. He’s already indicated he doesn’t want to leave. The media is making a mountain out of a molehill as usual. I know we’re all starving for baseball news but this is a situation thats already been put to bed. Leave this guy along so he can concentrate on what he does best. Pitch us to another championship. God Bless you & your family CC.
    Here’s to another year of good baseball from one of the classiest dudes in the game.

    • Wow talk about rose colored glasses lol

      • bklyn56 4 years ago

        Is an opinion considered rose colored if its not critical of the individual being discussed?
        If we were talking about A-Rod or Albert Pujols I could see your point.
        You have to look at the way players project themselves to the public.
        I’m not an expert judge of character by any stretch of the imagination but CC doesnt project himself that way. True he took more money to play in N.Y.
        By the same token he made the best of his free agency which is his right.
        He’s planted his roots so to speak. He lives there year round not just during the season. He’s once again involved in the community. He seems very happy.
        I understand about a player being honored by being the highest paid at his position
        but again I dont think its about that with him. If he does opt out then and I’ll stand corrected & then his stock will be in the toilet with all the N.Y. fans.
        Again this is just my opinion.

        • What is rose colored is refusing to believe that he will opt out for a chance to make more money, which if history is any indicator, he very well may do. Remember that he at first didn’t want to pitch for NY, but did it anyway in all likelihood because NY offered the most. Sabathia is a consistent proven ace and could be the only pitcher of that caliber next hot stove season so he stands to make another big pay day. Given his history, you are deluding yourself if you think he won’t consider finding more money, whether it’s from the Yankees or from someone else.

          Just because a player builds a house somewhere and takes an active role in the community doesn’t mean he can’t do that somewhere else. You’re setting yourself up for a let down if you think that he won’t opt out, because he “seems happy”. He would probably seem happier with an additional 50 mil in guaranteed money.

    • 0bsessions 4 years ago

      “If Sabathia opps out which I dont think he will ….It would have to be motivated by ego & greed.”

      Like that time he disregarded his alleged desire to pitch on the West Coast in order to pull down the truckloads of money the Yankees offered him.

      Let’s get one thing straight: Sabathia wouldn’t even be pitching for NY, much less loving pitching for NY, if they didn’t offer him about 25% more than the next highest suitor.

  14. Of course Sabathia is going to say now that he won’t opt out next season. Imagine how badly he would be received by Yankees fans this year if he said at the beginning of the season he was going to ditch them? You can’t even say anything negative about the Yankees farm system without 10 hundred Yankee fan jackals attacking you, let alone be the ace of a thin staff who would admit that he is interested in bailing on them after the season. Sounds like lip service to me.

    • Fangaffes 4 years ago

      “Imagine how badly he would be received by Yankees fans this year if he said at the beginning of the season he was going to ditch them?”

      About as badly as Papelbon is being received in Boston?

      • Exactly. Boston fans have been up in arms ever since he started all of that talk about setting the mark for closers. Sabathia is smart enough to not talk his way out of town before the time comes. Papelbon is the real life version of Kenny Powers. Do the math.

        • I’ve always thought of Papelbon as more of a Nuke LaLoosh.

          • lol except nuke was able to figure out how to “say the right things” by the time he got up to the bigs at the end of the movie. I like the comparison before that though!

  15. And anyone that says Sabathia isn’t a top tier starter can’t be very knowledgeable about the game. The guy has consistently proven himself every season. He might not have the best stat line but you know what you can expect out of him and that has a ton of value.

    • 0bsessions 4 years ago

      “He might not have the best stat line but you know what you can expect out of him and that has a ton of value. ”

      I know what I can expect out of Gustavo Chacin (That being an ERA around 5 and a violent outburst every so often), but I wouldn’t exactly call that indicative of his value.

      • Well you are twisting my words and not understanding what I wrote. Obviously having a pitcher that you “expect” to be able to a 5+ ERA every season isn’t very valuable. But signing a pitcher that you can trust to pitch you to a decent low-3 ERA and deep into games year after year is very valuable and brings stability to your rotation.

        I like to think of consistency at a high level as being the hardest thing to accomplish in the game, or really in any sport. There are a thousand flash in the pan players who get lucky every season in every sport. But the truly great players are the ones who do it year in and year out. Players that can do that are valuable no matter how much you have to pay them (within reason of course). Sabathia has proven that he is that caliber of player for the most part to this point in his career.

  16. Buehrle is gonna retire at age 32? That’s strange… If I’m John Mozeliak, I’d sign Buehrle and decline the option on Carp (or try to restructure). I’d also be telling Albert that he has to meet me halfway. If the Cardinals are truly offering $30MM or more per year for 7 years, he should take it. No one is going to give him 10 years.

  17. tony_mciv 4 years ago

    Enough about CC for now, how about Yu Darvish? I remember watching him dominate during the last WBC… his stuff looked good.
    Wonder who he’ll end up playing for in 2012… Probably the Yankees.

    • Dice-K was pretty good in the WBC too.

      • tony_mciv 4 years ago

        Yeah, but I’m talking about a new Japanese pitcher making the transition from Japan to MLB.
        Dice-K has already done that.
        His best season over here was 2007, and that was his first year here. Here’s hoping for a good transition for Darvish! …Unless he signs with a team I dislike :p

        • Fangaffes 4 years ago

          Better check those stats again.

        • MB923 4 years ago

          How was his 07 season better than this 08?

          • tony_mciv 4 years ago

            I saw the 2008 campaign after I posted. Sorry… 08 was better then 07. Sorry.

          • MB923 4 years ago

            Actually on Fangraphs, he had a higher WAR in 07 than in 08 (3.9 to 3.3). His BB rate went up and his K went down, but his ERA was over a run and a half lower. I’d still take his 08 season over his 07

            Plus I hate using FanGraphs WAR for pitchers. After all, it ranked Lee and Verlander ahead of Felix last year. Felix was clearly the best pitcher in the AL. At least B-R WAR had him ranked first in all of baseball, which is debatable between him and Halladay but it’s not really something I can complain about.

            Felix.

          • MB923 4 years ago

            Actually I’m wrong on B-R WAR. Felix wasn’t best in all of baseball, he was just the best in the AL.

            Jimenez, Halladay and Johnson had a higher WAR than Felix.

      • My point is that no matter how dominant a Japanese pitcher looks, or how hyped he is, that it’s no sure thing that success in NPB or WBC will translate over to ML baseball in equal amounts.

        • tony_mciv 4 years ago

          Oh yeah I know that, and it’s a good point.
          My point is that if Darvish has the kind of transition year that Dice-K had, which involved winning a WS and winning 15 gms, that would be fine with me. I’m looking at Dice-K’s stats now, and I know that not all of the Japanese players are going to have the same carry over, but it should make for an interesting 2012 season. Where ever he ends up.

          • And I’m also not saying that Darvish will be a complete bust, for the right money he could be a good deal, hell he may even be a great success here. You just can’t tell until he actually has been here for a few seasons (duh)…it’s just not a given he’ll be a solid ML pitcher. Dice-K had rave reviews from scouts from around the majors, but whether it has been tougher competition, bad attitude, lack of conditioning, lack od adjustments, etc. he just has never lived up to the hype.

    • Commander_Nate 4 years ago

      Dude would look good with a halo on his cap. Plus, after the Vernon Wells trade, I don’t think there is any doubt about Arte Moreno willing to take big risks with his money. Angels have 2 rotation spots opening up after this season too…

      • tony_mciv 4 years ago

        My only issue is that Dice-K’s contract is outrageous. 50mil just to talk to him, and signing him for 51mil? Plus the bonuses are just… nevermind.

        I think it would be good for the Angels to sign him. Then there could be a huge hype over the first Seattle Angels game 😉

        • Commander_Nate 4 years ago

          Yeah, it would be expensive, but the posting fee is paid all at once, so from what I understand, the only long-term commitment would be his actual contract. For a marketing guy like Moreno, who already tasted a bit of Japanese market exposure with Matsui, signing arguably the biggest celebrity in Japan might seem like a good investment; not so much in terms of money coming back (although there would be some), but in terms of growing his brand.

  18. CC’s agent and the Yanks will work out an extension that keeps him from opting out and looking like a bad guy. They’ll add a few more years at the same avg amount he’s making now and call it a day.

    • start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

      That’s what I figured. My bet is 3 years $23M a year would get it done.

  19. PhilliesLoveOmar 4 years ago

    Oswalt has a mutual option with a guaranteed payout if he opts out. Thus, its most likely, unless he has a very poor season, a player option. Though older, he could be a legit competitor to CC, especially considering he would take a lesser commitment of overall years. He’d probably be looking for something like 3/60 which would be attractive to more teams then CC at 6/140 for example.

  20. Lee Steva 4 years ago

    If not for being on some poor Cleveland teams, (in 2006 only got 12 wins with a 3.22 ERA) CC would have a few more wins and actually (barring injury) would have a decent chance at 300 wins. So far in his career he has 157 wins over 10 seasons. It will be tough for him to keep up the wins for the next ten years, but being on the Yankees won’t hurt.

  21. baseball52 4 years ago

    Love Yu’s stuff. Love to see him in Cubbie Blue.

  22. 0bsessions 4 years ago

    “There… now let’s not beat a dead horse. ”

    Now, I’m on the side of “Michael Vick is a scumbag and should not have been allowed back into sports, much less heralded as Man of the Year 2011 because he has good mobility in the pocket, despite being an overall bad person,” but this was probably the single best remark in this thread.

  23. I don’t see why it’s a problem or considered a slap in the face if he opts out. It’s in his contract, it’s his right to do. If the Yanks want to pony up or he wants to stay then he can do that as well. Perhaps he looked at the potential market for 2012 when he put that clause in the contract. If he gets 4/120 instead of 4/93 good for him.

  24. Francisco Liriano will be a free agent after this season. Does he belong on this list?

  25. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    Please show me where he said that.

  26. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    meant “short-sighted to point to 2010 and..”

  27. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    Is safe to say that Crawford wouldn’t be playing for the Sox if they hadn’t clearly offered him more than anyone else too? I mean you can say that about just about every major FA that ever switched teams.

    The list of players that took less to play anywhere else is a very short list.

    “Allegedly”, and I would be happy to look it up, the Angels offered him $140 mil. Yanks offered $21 mil more but I’m sure he would’ve gone to them if he absolutely didn’t want to pitch in NY.

  28. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    “CC’s agent and the Yanks will work out an extension that keeps him from opting out and looking like a bad guy. They’ll add a few more years at the same avg amount he’s making now and call it a day”.

    I don’t know how much it play a factor but Cashman offered CC that opt out in case he or his wife didn’t acclamate themselves to NY and wanted to go elsewhere. It would sort of suck if Sabathia used it just to ask for more money. That being said, I don’t think there will be as much animosity between the Yanks and CC if he did ask for more money. This situation differs from that of Arod and his opt out.

  29. melkor77 4 years ago

    so you’re saying you kill a couple hundred dogs and you’re a bad guy? geesh!

  30. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    Yes, but why does that make it right to wish an injury to someone? Especially when you’re an athlete yourself. It didnt’ make much sense. That said, I will still take him on the Cardinals in 2012.

  31. Vmmercan 4 years ago

    Well, if someone killed your family member, would it be wrong to wish harm to them?

    I don’t get your point. The man killed hundreds of dogs. Buehrle loves dogs and animals. He owns many of them, he saves many of them.

    Vick=evil and killed something Buehrle loves.

    That upsets Mark. Mark wishes ill will towards Vick.

    Makes perfect sense to me.

  32. 0bsessions 4 years ago

    “Yes, but why does that make it right to wish an injury to someone?”

    Yes.

  33. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    “Well, if someone killed your family member, would it be wrong to wish harm on them?”

    I love dogs, I have a dog. But when people act like harming a dog is the same as hurting one of my children or my wife it makes me sick. Michael Vick was wrong for what he did, and I think he is a bad person. But it is not in my interest to determine what his punishment should be. I don’t need to wish injury upon him. He did his time, and he will have to face what he did for years to come.

  34. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    Rich White People kill horses daily when they become injured..

    No one says anything to them, but suddenly, people who eat meat, & wear fur come out of the woodworks to become hypocrites to condemn Vick as the most evil man alive..

    I don’t condone what he did for one second, but you shouldn’t throw stones if you live in a glass house.

  35. Shikikazu 4 years ago

    Indians like cows, you kill and eat countless cows
    Environmentalists like trees, you buy and waste a lot of paper etc

    Vick went to jail already so give it a break

  36. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    I guess you know best. Maybe your name explains why you feel that way?

  37. Vmmercan 4 years ago

    Why would that make you sick? Why is it not in your interest to determine what Vick’s punishment should be, but it is in your interest to determine whether or not people feel their pets are apart of their family or not?

    I personally do not feel strongly about dogs past their role as a companion. I do feel strongly about killing a household pet who is completely defenseless against you in the interest of sport and entertainment.

    He did his time according to the American legal system. I don’t think people who value dogs as members of their family feel the American Legal System does them justice in this case.

    So again, from someone like Mark’s point of view, Michael Vick killed a bunch of things he really cared about.

    I don’t know what your code of ethics is, but I would wish harm on someone who did that to me. And if your code of ethics includes not being interested in how Michael Vick is punished after he electrocuted and not only killed but tortured a bunch of defenseless animals, I’m sensing a little hypocracy if your anger is directed towards Buerhle because you feel Vick’s jail sentence “was enough”.

    Just my $.02 I’m certainly not trying to belittle your opinions or call you out on a baseball blog, I just find your comments fascinating.

  38. When people act like the lives of dogs are worth less than those of humans it makes me sick.

  39. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    I never said I had any anger towards Buerhle. Just that I don’t agree with the way he went about it. I actually even said “I would take him on the Cardinals in 2012″ I’m not saying Mark is a bad person for saying what he said. Alot of people feel that way. Also, I do not feel like Vick’s jail sentence “was enough”. I never said that, I said he would have to deal with this for years to come (after life). That just wasn’t a discussion I wanted to start on here.

    There are far greater things in life a guy can use the platform that Buehrle has to speak out for good things. I have no problem with him letting everyone know that he doesn’t agree with what Michael Vick did. I don’t even really care if he wants Michael Vick to get hurt, but being an athlete and taking it to the media, to me doesn’t make sense. Which is all I said to begin with.

  40. melkor77 4 years ago

    but to be fair, it’s not like he was sneaking into anyone’s basement and cutting bengie’s throat…

  41. Did his time?? DID HIS time??? Let’s see: Racketeering, Money Laundering, animal torture, illegal gambling…oh, and possession of illegal drugs…and he gets a YEAR??? A YEAR+ in jail and house arrest is “doing his time”? I think if you or I did anything remotely close to the laundry-list of offenses we’d be in jail a much, much longer time. Michale Vick is one of the worst human beings to ever play sports, possibly a notch below Rae Carruth. I wouldn’t wish physical violence on him,. but he did NOT do the fair amount of time for what he did….not by a long shot.

  42. crackis4lovers 4 years ago

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  43. crackis4lovers 4 years ago

    This.

  44. wickedkevin 4 years ago

    mmmmm bacon

  45. Killing animals for food is far removed from killing them for sport.

  46. So eating meat is the same as running an illegal dog fighting ring, dodging taxes, racketeering, laundering money, and killing upwards to 40 dogs (not to mention the many dogs that were euthanized after being rescued)? Oh, I see. This is just about race. He ONLY got thrown in jail because he’s black…also the possession of illegal drugs and testing positive doesn’t matter…Hmph. You win the award for the SINGLE DUMBEST POST IN THE HISTORY OF THE INTERNET. Red sox fans….idiots every one…

  47. They quietly had very low ERA seasons. Peripheral stats have them not looking nearly as good (which isn’t hard to see; low K/9s, not great BB/9s, extremely low BABIPs, Cahill gets to pitch in a very pitcher friendly park).

    I didn’t say they’re not good pitchers, but they aren’t even close to the other names on that list.

  48. FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

    anderson is much better than cahill

  49. Motor_City_Bombshell 4 years ago

    And Verlander!! :)

  50. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    So why is a dogs life worth more than any other animal? Are you telling me if a dog, deer, or rabbit ran in front of you and you hit it with your car, you would feel the same as if it were a child? I think not.

  51. So you have to swerve off of the road, on 1 side are 2 dogs and the other is 1 child. According to your insane logic (that is borderline worthy of locking you up) you should kill the 1 child because taking 1 life is better than 2 all other things being equal.

  52. Prerequisite to being a serial killer…..torturing animals…

  53. I am far from a yankees fan.

    All of your arguments are “oh well one good season outweighs a career worth of good seasons” I am talking about right now, not in the next 5 years.

    1) injury prone, no cy youngs
    2/ hamels is inconsistent and again, no cy young
    3) price had one good season, yea its good but would I rahter have 1 good seaosn or a career of good seasons?
    4)Hudson shouldnt even be in this conversation
    5) His numbers last year as opposed to his first 2 years are in decline, and if it wasnt for september they woudl be even worse. So one GREAT streatch of games
    6) You really dont see how experience factors in and how a career of good seasons is better then one stand out year?

    All the pitchers listed are good, Sabathia is just better, he has done more over an extended period of time consistently then any one of those guys and can work deeper into games.

  54. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    As a non yankee fan, I’d have to disagree with you

    I’d take him over JJ, hamles, Hudson, and Cahill easily

    When pitching for an offensive power house, a lot of numbers get skewed. Obviously he is going to pitch differently in a 7-0 game then a 2-1 game.. and CC simply gets more run support and the ability to breath

    Not to mention that if its 4-0 and theres a runner on third, the defensive will concede the run, where as pitchers like JJ, Cahill, Hudson play in a lot closer games.

    There are only a few pitchers out there who pitch to the situation and don’t care much about their stats, CC is one of them. .

  55. johnsilver 4 years ago

    Josh Johnson and injury goes hand in hand and I am a big fan of his. He will have to put 2 200IP seasons back to back before anyone will consider him either durable or an Ace, even with the terrific stuff he has and the 97mph FB he can carry into late innings of a game when he is healthy.

  56. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    Plain and simply put, anyone who can’t view CC as an ace is a true moron.

    To me, an ace is someone who will take the ball every 5 days and the team he pitches for has a good chance of winning.

    A “quality” start is usually thought to be one where the starter goes 6 innings and allows three runs or less. To me, an ace’s quality starts are 7 IP and less than 2 runs. Last year, CC pitched 26 “quality” starts by most ppl’s definition and 15 “ace” caliber starts where he pitched 7 IP and less than 2 runs.

    “Ace” Starts in 2010

    CC @ 15
    Josh Johnson @ 12
    Roy Halladay @ 19
    Cliff Lee @ 16
    Felix Hernandez @ 23

    In 20 out of his 21 wins he pitched 6 IP and allowed 3 runs or less. The one “cheap” win where the offense bailed him out was when he pitched 7 IP and allowed 5 runs. Just because the Yanks score tons of runs it only benefits CC if it makes up for his poor outings.

    If we were to judge a pitcher by giving him a “W” when he pitched 6 IP and allowed 3 runs or less and a “L” when he failed to do so, then his record would be 26-8 instead of 21-7. No cheap victories for CC.

    Also, I did this once before, but will run thru it quickly. Under any new or old school metric CC has ranked among the best for the last 10 years (he debuted in 2001 so that’s his entire career span).
    .
    Last 10 years, 1,500 + IP

    GS-#4
    IP-#3
    FIP-#7
    WAR-#2 (Halladay #1)
    K/9-#8
    HR/9-6th lowest
    Whip-#9
    Strike Out Totals-#3
    CG-#3
    SHO-#2 (Halladay #1)
    Wins-#1 (4 seasons his team had a win % less than .500)
    BaBIP-#9

    Simply put, by every measure, CC has been one of the top 5-10 pitcher in all of baseball over the last 10 years.

    Every 5 years a new class of “aces” emerges and if you want to say that CC was out “aced” by Lester, Verlander, Felix, Lincey, Jiminez or whoever, then fine. But keep in mind that CC has been doing it for 10 years strong and even in that 10th season was still among the best (top 20 MLB/top 10 AL) in just about every category in 2010.

    To call Cahill an ace the same way you might refer to a “CC” or “Halladay” based off of one season just doesn’t seem right. He might well have “ace” stuff and may be on his way to an “ace” career but let him do it more often otherwise you cheapen the true meaning.

  57. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    I’m talking about aged Racing Horses who hurt their leg and then get shot out back. That’s not for food.

  58. rzepczynski 4 years ago

    didnt he get traded for kendrick?

  59. wickedkevin 4 years ago

    I’m talking about bacon

  60. foxtown 4 years ago

    Racing horses with broken legs/ankles are in pain and don’t recover from those kinds of injuries. Killing a horse in miserable pain is humane but killing dogs for sport is inhumane. Also, the horses are euthanized, not shot.

    There… now let’s not beat a dead horse.

  61. Is there a study that you’re basing that on or is it just a hunch? I only ask because I’ve seen a few articles written about pitchers who pitch with better offenses/in less close games (a couple came up when talking about potential hall of fame inductees) and they all seemed to think the idea that their stats were inflated like that was pretty bogus. I can try to find them again, I know at least one was on fangraphs.

    There’s plenty statistically that you can point to if you want to explain how CC is an excellent pitcher, and I think he is, but that argument seems pretty thin to me.

  62. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    You don’t win friends with salad

  63. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    clearly you would be arrested for vehicular manslaughter.

  64. wickedkevin 4 years ago

    I bet my bacon can get more likes than Sabathia.

  65. Vmmercan 4 years ago

    Though I put no value into your horse comments (seeing as I am not a rich white person who murders them, and there are legalities supporting shooting horses to prevent them from a lifetime of pain and it is common practice), I will support your obscure Simpsons reference from one of the best episodes ever.

  66. myname_989 4 years ago

    I wish.

  67. 0bsessions 4 years ago

    Honestly, I never heard about Buerhle’s remarks before this thread. Suddenly, I am quite fond of the guy.

  68. He was locked in an entire stadium w/ rabid dogs…they were called the Green Bay Packers Defense. BTW-has anyone noticed that Vick totally choked in that game? Nice Dante Culpepper moment there. Let’s badly under throw a ball in the endzone in the last 30 seconds of a BIG game…hmph.

  69. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    wow, what great conversations you must have. “yes” is your answer to “Why does that make it right to wish an injury to someone?”

  70. 0bsessions 4 years ago

    For the love of god, stop referencing Cy Youngs. Sabathia’s Cy Young was, what, four seasons ago?

  71. And hes been cy young caliber ever since and hasnt really declined. 1 in the best 5 years and consistently putting up those numbers is better then 0.

    But ok, if you want to throw the award out look at the numbers, fangraphs since 08 look at the top 5 pitchers.

  72. MaineSox 4 years ago

    Not to mention Cy Youngs mean about as much as Gold Gloves, if you know what I mean.

  73. MB923 4 years ago

    Goodness Gracious!

  74. wickedkevin 4 years ago

    badum ch!

  75. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    whatever helps you sleep at night..

    My dog hurt its leg last week, I guess I should shoot it to take away the pain rather than let him recover?

  76. foxtown 4 years ago

    Dogs don’t support 250 lbs of weight per leg… Any bone break or fracture is magnified by the amount of weight put on it. Animals of that size with broken legs have very poor chances of healing. And again with the shooting… why are you so obsessed with shooting? I can only assume you watch too many westerns.

  77. You seem to ignore your meat eaters being “hypocrites” comment. You are defending someone who should still be in jail. People like you with such a warped perception of reality make me sick….*erp* I just puked.

  78. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    Horse legs are able to support more weight though, thats all substantial.

    Wait am I really arguing about this?

  79. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    “Dogs don’t support 250 lbs of weight per leg… ”

    So if Barto Colon were to br….never mind

  80. foxtown 4 years ago

    Yes, healthy horse legs are able to support more weight. Broken legs are not meant to support any weight. If I’m not mistaken, you are arguing about broken legs.

  81. wickedkevin 4 years ago

    May I ride your dog once it recovers?

  82. wickedkevin 4 years ago

    Is this your version of a roses are reds, violets are blue poem?

    Happy Valentine’s day to you too…?

  83. Vmmercan 4 years ago

    Indians like cows? I assume you mean Indian people and specifically Hyndi people, in which case they believe cows are sacred. That’s a religious preference.

    Environmentalists don’t adopt trees as pets and consider them apart of their family. They care about their survival. It’s an entirely different issue.

    Not to mention, I am a celiac, I have to eat meat in order to live more or less with my dietary restrictions and I do not have the same religious beliefs which cause me to believe cows are sacred.

    Unless Mike Vick currently lives in Korea and eats dogs, that doesn’t change what he did in America’s culture and against American laws. So really, do you have a point?

  84. Vmmercan 4 years ago

    Because unless it is illegal to kill cows in the US, and unless you have proof of unnecessary torture after illega; gambling rings of cows in the US, you more or less are wasting text.

  85. Wildly inappropriate.

  86. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    lol You are on fire today, Kevin

  87. wickedkevin 4 years ago

    I guess that is what happens when you skip anthropology and geography classes to instead stay home and write a paper you put off all weekend, but instead of writing it you just do fantasy mock drafts and procrastinate on MLBTR.

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