Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Links: Citi Field, Derek Lowe, Will Ohman and Rickey Henderson!

Here's some links to peruse while you ponder why Rickey Henderson's helmet always looked 3 sizes too small:

1) Eric Simon at Amazin' Avenue takes a look at how pitcher-friendly Citi Field will be. He interviews Greg Rybarczyk of the excellent home run tracking site Hit Tracker Online, who summed up his take on Citi Field in the Hardball Times Annual 2009 by writing:

"Citi Field, the new ballpark for the New York Mets, is poised to become MLB's new Grand Canyon." - YIKES!

2) Matt Cerrone at MetsBlog reports that today's meeting between Omar Minaya and Scott Boras (agent for Derek Lowe, Oliver Perez, and Manny Ramirez) went well. Apparently, they only discussed Lowe and it looks like it will take some kind of 4th year option to secure the tall sinkerballer.
***EDIT***: Anthony DiComo of now says Minaya spoke with Boras about Lowe, Perez, and Ramirez. Maybe a package deal for all 3?

3) David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (via MLBTradeRumors) writes that free agent lefty reliever Will Ohman prefers to stay with the Braves "if offers are equal, etc." . This is code for "I'll sign wherever the money is." Last week I wrote at Mets Geek that the Mets need to sign another lefty reliever, just in case Pedro Feliciano gets hurt or is ineffective. Ohman is my top choice, especially because he's not just a lefty specialist - he held righties to a .700 OPS against in 2008.

4) Atleast one Hall of Fame voter left Rickey Henderson off of his ballot. This is sheer lunacy - even the biggest haters have to admit that Rickey is a no-doubt first-ballot Hall of Famer. Check out Home Run Derby's compilation of the published HOF votes by sportswriters across the country. It's a quick and easy way to see which voters have a brain and which don't. Hint: anyone who votes for Jack Morris and not Bert Blyleven is brainless.


AndrewDeJo said...

Although I agree it is the STUPIDEST reason not to vote for someone, there will never be a unanimous selection into the hall of fame because someone will always argue " Well Babe Ruth wasn't voted in unanimously so "so and so" doesn't deserve it either."

What these pea-brains don't realize is anyone who left Babe Ruth off their ballot is a fucking idiot too!!

Mets Tailgate said...

Just read an article where the guy who left Rickey off his ballot did so because he's "not a Rickey kind of guy". That angers me so much. These guys get to vote on the Hall of Fame and they take it for granted. I bet this guy did about 3 minutes of research before filling out his ballot.

I am an accountant, write a Mets blog and yet still have spent hours researching and thinking about my hypothetical Hall of Fame ballot. Does it make me sort of a geek? Almost certainly. But still, take your privilege seriously man!

P.S. Same guy voted for Harold Baines and Matt Williams but not for Rickey. What the hell is that about? And he left McGwire off the ballot cause of roids - meanwhile Williams admitted steroid use!

Andrewdejo said...

and of course you know, it's the Hall of Fame, not the Hall of "Very Good".*

* It's ok if you didn't know that. I only know because I learned it from Skip Bayless.

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