Wednesday, December 5, 2007

No Words

I can't really think of anything much to say about the Detroit trade, except it sucks to be a Marlins fan. They ship off anybody as soon as they're getting good. I'm sure Hanley Ramirez will be out of there next winter.

They got a really good package of prospects for Cabrera and Willis, getting Detroit's #1 and #3 prospects with some other good people. Detroit picking up Cabrera makes them the favorite in the central I'd think, but I wouldn't get too excited about picking up Dontrelle. He's gotten worse each year since his awesome 2005, and switching over to the American League isn't going to do him any favors. It's worth a gamble though, especially if it was getting him involved that got them Cabrera.

It must be exciting to make a big trade like that. If only the Twins had some way of getting involved in a big trade this winter.

Pitt -6 vs. Duquesne (L)
Drake -8 vs. Iowa State (W)
Syracuse +8 @ Virginia (W)
Xavier -11.5 vs. Creighton (W)
Vanderbilt -11 vs. Wake (L)
North Texas +18.5 @ Texas (W)
E. Carolina +14 vs. Clemson (L)
GTown -8 @ Alabama (W)
WVU -6 @ Auburn
Gonzaga -3 vs. Wash State

Yesterday: 3-1
Season: 75-66


Dharma Bum said...

You know it will be at least a couple of years before they trade hanley right? And they are still going to be better than the pirates. If you want fans to feel sorry for, it should be them.

Who was the #2 prospect for detroit?

WWWWWW said...

2. Rick Porcello, RHP
DOB: 12/27/88
Height/Weight: 6-5/195
Bats/Throws: R/R
Drafted: 1st round, 2007, Seton Hall Prep (NJ)
2007 Stats: Signed late; did not play

Year In Review: Entering the year as the top high school player in the draft, Porcello earned national player of the year honors despite not living up to the almost impossible expectations set for him. With Scott Boras setting his price tag, many teams passed on him in the first round, which is how he fell to Detroit at No. 27, where he was an easy choice for David Chadd considering his affinity for big guys who throw hard. Porcello signed at the deadline for a major league deal worth around $7 million.
The Good: Some scouting directors saw Porcello as the top high school right-hander of the decade, and the best since Josh Beckett went second overall in 1999. He has the ideal pitcher’s frame as well as clean, loose arm action. His fastball sits in the 92-96 mph range, touches 98, and some think there is plenty of room for more once his frame fills out. He throws two breaking balls, and scouts differ as to whether the slider or curve projects as the better pitch, as both already flash as plus at times. Despite never needing the pitch in high school, he knows what a changeup is and has some feel to it. He’s also a terrific athlete who fields his position well and is a very good hitter.
The Bad: Porcello ran into occasional control issues this year, but few see it as a long-term concern. He’ll need to improve his changeup, and some feel he’d be best served by focusing on just one breaking pitch.
Fun Fact: While Seton Hall Prep is famous for its athletics, producing a number of professional baseball and basketball players, it’s also played a role in the indie rock scene, graduating Ted Leo (Ted Leo & The Pharmacists) and guitarist Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Guided By Voices, Zwan).
Perfect World Projection: Another young stud starter with staff ace possibilities.
Timetable: Despite signing too late to make his pro debut, Porcello might start his career in a full-season league, at Low-A West Michigan. He has the ability to dominate the league in the same manner Clayton Kershaw did this year.

WWWWWW said...

from BP

Dr. Acula!. said...

From Scott Adam's blog. Way better and more funny.

What Happens in Vegas
I’m in Las Vegas this morning, to give a speech a to a few thousand technology workers. Last night, I did an AV check and tried to get back to my room without losing all the money in my wallet. I started optimistically, but it was all downhill after that.

The path to my room was cleverly littered with attractive slot machines. I don’t enjoy gambling, but I feel obligated to rationalize my decision to not be a Quaker. So I stuffed a twenty in a Wheel of Fortune slot machine and tapped a lighted button ten times while watching the 20 to turn into a 0. It took less than half a minute. I did a quick mental check, and no endorphins had kicked in, so I decided to call it a night.

By the time I got to my room, I was thirsty, and a nearby Coke machine beckoned. A Diet Coke would set me back $2.75. Somehow that seemed like a bargain. I couldn’t afford to go back to the casino and get free drinks. I stuffed a five into the slot and hit the button for Diet Coke. Jackpot!

When the machine pooped out that Diet Coke, I felt like a winner for the first time in Las Vegas. Granted, I was purchasing twelve cents worth of plastic and sugar water for $2.75, but I tried to not see it that way. Best yet, my change clanged down a chute like a cash payout.

But here’s the evil genius part. Instead of a cup-like receptacle for my change, the dispenser was designed more like a launcher. The coins hit the bottom and shot up and out of the machine. A quarter hit the ground and rolled under the Coke machine. That bastard! My Diet Coke just went to $3.00. Another coin, a shiny dollar featuring some Native American chick named Sasquatch, if I recall my history, hit the carpet and made a run down the hallway. That’s when I noticed that the carpet design was a bunch of round spots exactly the size and color of a Sasquatch coin. And suddenly my Diet Coke cost $4.00. Never have I seen such a well-conceived marriage of carpet and soda dispenser. Next year I’m bringing my metal detector.

I ordered room service because I couldn’t trust myself outside the room again.

WWWWWW said...

That's horrible.

Anonymous said...

W - You're still a fag and your blog is still stupid and irrelevant. It's idiots like Scott Acula that make it this way.

WWWWWW said...

Ok anonymous, thanks for the tip.