Never mind the bleeps; Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price has the quote of the 2015 MLB season. Children, look away:
“Ah, f***. I’m just, I’m f****** p****** up a rope in this f****** business. Because everyone has to know everything all the f****** time. That’s not my f****** obligation, it’s not their obligation. You know why f****** Billy Hamilton didn’t f****** play? The other day? Because his f****** finger’s hurt and he couldn’t hit right-handed comfortably. Right? So that’s something that I need to know and no one else needs to know. No one else needs to f****** know it, and all of a sudden it’s out there. His f****** fingers are sore. It doesn’t benefit us. It wasn’t from you, but it doesn’t benefit us one bit to f****** announce to the f****** other teams that we’re playing to bring in lefties when they need to f****** get Billy out. There’s no benefit. So, I’m f******, to be honest with you, I’m f****** sick of this s***. I’m sick of listening to this f****** s***, I’m sick of f****** the f****** second-guessing b*******, you guys can do whatever the f*** you want, but I’ll tell you this — I’m not going to f****** tell you everything about this f****** club, because you f****** guys are going to out there and sniff it out anyway. I don’t f****** like it one f****** bit. I bend over backwards to be honest and direct with you f****** guys and you stick it right up my f****** a** — and the f****** team’s a**. And I’m sick of it. What do you got? If you don’t got anything, get out and I’ll do this f****** interview with Marty. You don’t have anything? Just get out, please.”
I hate the dismantling of the Oakland Athletics. Billy Beane is a criminal for what he did this offseason to a team that was building toward something better. In my opinion, he should be sent out to Alcatraz with nothing but a copy of his book and the boring moving about it.
My 2015 prediction for the Athletics fumes from this Beane hatred. I see a disastrous season on the way even if the start hasn’t been too bad. I see the A’s finishing below .500 and making a ton of trades in July. If you thought this roster looked a lot different from last season, wait until 2016.
Players I see the Athletics trading include Scott Kazmir and…who else is even on thus team anymore?
Their pitching is still good if you’re playing Strat-O-Matic. In reality, though, so many members of this starting rotation were lucky or not as good as they first appear to be. Outside of Sonny Gray, it’s a team of mostly mid to back of the rotation starters.
The Athletics certainly can’t trade Billy Butler or Ben Zobrist so quickly, or can they? They got rid of Yunel Escobar within days after receiving him in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays so who knows what they’ll do?
Do the Athletics do anything good in 2015?
Other than a phenomenal yet frustrating season from Gray, I don’t see too much good coming from the franchise this upcoming season. Who’s going to drive in runs? Who’s going to score them? Is it sad when Sean Doolittle‘s beard is your most popular attraction?
The Athletics are in for a miserable season. They’re going to have a miserable summer and every fan give away is going to look cheap, like a way to actually attract fans to their horrible stadium. Get used to the misery Oakland. Your GM has lost his mind. Thankfully, a lot of players won’t have to endure a year in those ugly uniforms.
Right now it’s up to 612 hits. Since 2010, Uggla only has 525 of them. I’m not saying my writing should have done better in the Atlanta Braves’ lineup over the last few seasons, but I am saying they should have at least given me a chance.
Special thanks to Uggla for making the roster and giving me a great Easter Sunday as I challenge for my first 1,000 hit day on Innings Eaters.
Veteran pitcher John Lackey is far from his glory days with the Los Angeles Angels, then called the Anaheim Angels, when he was at his best. Still a big league ball player who can perform well, I am predicting we see the last of Lackey in 2015.
The 2014 season for Lackey had its good and it’s bad. He wasn’t a complete travesty like in some years prior, but he also performed far below the money the Boston Red Sox were paying him. This led to a trade and a new home in St. Louis while pitching for the Cardinals.
His age and diminished skills tell me Lackey is nearing the end. His contract adds to it, especially the pay cut he willingly accepted prior to the 2015 season. Lackey is set to make only $500,000 which for a blogger like me is a lot. For a veteran pitcher with two World Series victories and over 150 career wins, it’s not much.
Last year, Lackey earned over $15 million. An assumption, the fingers point that lackey cares more about a championship than buying a new car this year.
Unlike Derek Jeter or Paul Konerko, Lackey is not a player deserving of a farewell tour. Most players actually do retire suddenly without much warning and I see this as the way it goes down. Jeter and Konerko were an exception and played for the same team (Konerko had the majority of his career with the Chicago White Sox) where the announcement has meaning. Lackey’s retirement will be more like Josh Beckett where we suspect it coming then still act a little shocked when it does.
What will keep Lackey from retiring?
Absolutely nothing. He won’t have a great year so let’s first eliminate that as a possibility. A nice playoff run is the best he can do and a championship is the perfect way to end things. Hopefully whatever he’s craving, he gets to at least taste it.