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This Week on the Internets (3 August 2009)

You’ll notice that it seems like half our staff is on vacation this week; I, myself, am sitting at the beach but feel compelled to send a few links during a relatively quiet week in sports.  August slows much of the world down a bit, at least for the first two weeks or so.  Don’t worry: Preseason football will break that monotony very soon. 

Chad Gaudin

Chad Gaudin on Flickr

In the meantime, we’ve had several post-trading deadline deals in baseball (Anderson Hernandez? Greg Veloz?), for fellas like Chad Gaudin.  Oooo, a 5.13 ERA.  I’ll let River Avenue Blues and others in the previous link elaborate on the Yankees’ desperation for pitching.  A “player to be named later” deal, by the way.  What’s amazing is that the Yankees are willing to pay Gaudin $650K for the rest of the year, but then also send about $250K to the league to cover additional luxury tax considerations.  He’ll end up being the 5+ ERA long reliever with the highest cost in MLB history. 

Moving to the NBA, in lieu of the Sports Brethren, steroids emerge in The Association and Rashard Lewis of the Orlando Magic is suspended 10 games to start next season.  His response: “I’m skinny as hell. Does it look like I take steroids?”  Our response: Is this really surprising?  Just about every semi-successful athlete in the world works out at one of five athletic complexes in the offseason, for one of about 10 trainers.  Until recently, nobody really cared about what supplement they were taking.  It was part of the routine.  Another side plot, here, is the relative “shock-factor” of sports with steroids.  Baseball has certainly the highest shock-factor to date, though that is waning by the day.  My personal assumption is that everybody but Cal Ripken and hopefully Ken Griffey was using them (a revelation on Cal, needless to say, would be devastating for the game).  We’ve seen steroids in NFL, but nobody really cared.  It’s in many ways a brutish game, designed to be that way, and we love it for that.  Steroids?  Not as big a deal. The NBA appears to fall somewhere in between.  For one, it’s a game where agility, speed and flexibility are imperative.  Strength certainly important, but in a different way than football and to a certain degree, baseball, too.  

In my opinion, the spectrum of steroid shock factoid spans from the MLB with the highest (“you’ve ruined the game”), toward the NBA in the middle (“eh, little disappointing, but I’ll get over it”), then NFL and NHL in the “okay, great: who cares?” category.   How ironic and odd in the complexity and diversity of our responses.  The only sport that would be more devastating then baseball would be golf.  If Tiger comes out tomorrow with an admission of steroid use, who knows what happens. 

Finally, again, we’re in a slow week, so I’ll give some page space to foolish college draftees like Michael Crabtree.  Gotta love it when the “cousin/advisor” gets involved, as Fooch has pointed out on Niners Nation.  Crabtree is apparently ready to sit out the entire season if he doesn’t get the deal he wants.  But, wait… Breaking News… That was Crabtree’s cousin/advisor Eugene Parker who made the proclamation, not his agent David Wells (my only interest here is that if baseball’s David Wells was Crabtree’s agent instead of this other imposter – how hilarious would that be). Otherwise, I’m done.  I could go on for a little while longer, but I just really don’t care.  I’m tired of stories like this.  Ridiculous.

Enjoy the weekend.


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  1. bleh says:

    Seriously, stop writing about baseball. The Gaudin pick up was smart by the Yankees. Sergio Mitre is the Yanks 5th starter, Gaudin absolutely dominates right handed batters, and he was cheap as hell. THE GODDAM LINK YOU POSTED EVEN SAYS THAT IT WAS A GOOD MOVE. YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT BASEBALL*, SO PLEASE STOP WRITING ABOUT IT.

    *- you also know very little about other sports.

  2. J.P. Mancini says:

    Hello, bleh. I’d encourage you to re-read the post. Didn’t say it wasn’t stupid, just said it was 1) boring and 2) expensive. Of course that isn’t really an issue up there.

    Also worth noting that the link I posted was from the YES Network. Since that’s the Yankees TV network, I would assume that they would like the move. I’d also venture that, if he’s starting as you assume (and will on Sunday, in place of Joba), his match-up ERA you referenced above is a heckuva lot less important than if he’s in the bullpen.

    I hereby challenge you to a Chad Gaudin-off, dear reader. Every time that he wins, you can have a guest post of whatever you like. Every time he loses, I get to write about how much he sucks.

  3. bleh says:

    I don’t know why I’m responding. You didn’t directly say it was a stupid move, you did it indirectly. You also never said it was boring. Do you even think before you type? He has a 5+ ERA , which is not a statistic that most in the sports blogging world consider to be a great indicator of a pitchers true success (he has a 3.65 FIP, which you might want to read about). An even worse indicator of pitching value is wins and losses, which is how you want to determine whether or not Chad Gaudin sucks (which he clearly does not).

    The yankees added a decent pitcher that can A) come out of the bullpen and DOMINATE RHBs or B) take the place of Sergio Mitre (who does suck) as a SP. They gave up very little, upgraded their team, and did it cheaply. Not only that, ITS THE GODDAM YANKEES. DO YOU THINK THEY CARE ABOUT 900K?!?! Gaudin’s value simply for the rest of the year will be worth more than that 900k, which you apparently think is a lot of money (seriously, do you know anything about baseball?) This move improved their team, regardless of whether he pitches as a RP or SP. Look around the baseball blogosphere, everyone (except you) liked the move for the Yankees, not just the YES network. It was a very smart move from every standpoint, regardless of how he does the rest of the year.

    I challenge you to think before you write your next post. I would also like you to stop writing about baseball, because you honestly do not know anything about it. Don’t worry about me complaining in the future, you have chased me off.

  4. jmancini says:

    A few good points, a few questionable… So what about my challenge?

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