Ignorance/The World Is FlatPosted: July 31, 2012
“Why the boring title Bobcat?” I know I know. All my article titles are normally straight fire but today I’m sullen and downtrodden to say the least. My precious Red Sox made two moves that seem boneheaded unless they make some waiver wire moves in August to remedy the situation.
So I’m writing this currently because I was recently in a discussion with someone who said they heard a bunch of people discussing the distinct possibility of Slosh Beckett being traded today. Now this didn’t happen nor was it ever a real possibility. Let’s just think about this for a second.
108.1 IP, 6.81 K/9 , 2.41 BB.9 , 0.75 HR/9 , .299 BABIP, 4.57 ERA, 3.53 FIP, 4.04 xFIP, 2.5 WAR
This guy is hardly even replacement level let alone worth 37.5 million bucks over the next few years. No GM other then Steve Philips when he was with the Mets would take on this guy, his bloated contract, and his penchant for fried chicken and beer.
Leading me to the second half of my rant. I get very persnickety with things like this. Back in the day when people believed the world was flat, everyone took it as gospel. When people started saying “Hey, you can’t fall off the edge you douchelords, the Earth is round” there was an uproar from traditionalists and mass hysteria. The same thing is occurring within baseball as we speak. Guys are coming out and saying “Yo there’s better ways to look at the business aspect of baseball then we have in the past, we have these new fangled statistics, sabermetrics if you will, they tell us all sorts of cool shit like how to truly value players and not just go off good ol’ hard nosed judgement from scouts like we’ve always done”. The aforementioned traditionalists are freaking out and claiming we’re all nerds who sit behind computers and analyze stats and don’t actually watch the games. Anyways, if these guys had taken a step back, taken a look at fangraphs.com and realized he’s hardly even replacement level, then I probably wouldn’t have to make them look stupid right now.So back to the discussion I was having. After I dismissed the idea of being able to dump Becks as pure stupidity, the person said “Well the radio was saying it”. Right, I’m sure the Boston papers were saying it too. The only guy in the media who isn’t a total titnose is Peter Gammons. Other than that I dismiss all those guys as speculators, or men who’s ideals and perceptions about how to run a baseball team are so elementary, they shouldn’t be allowed near the sports section let alone write for one.
Times are a changin. People, get with the program please. Educate yourselves, be informed baseball fans. Just be informed people in general.
P.S. this same Boston media also has speculated that Jonny Lester would be traded for weeks. Today it was revealed that teams were asking about him and Boston front office was “saying flatly no” to teams. Real smart those reporters huh?
EDIT 7:10 : I should note that it would not be absurd for anyone, no matter how gluttonous the contract, should the side trading that player be willing to throw in cash, in this case it would have to be millions of dollars. It is well documented this season that the Red Sox are trying to cut costs due to the massive contracts of Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzales and co. therefore that is why my stance is so strong on Josh Beckett never being a real trade candidate (atleast until the waiver wire opens up).
EDIT #2 7:31 PM: “Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said he didn’t ask Josh Beckett if he’d waive his ten and five rights, according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal ” (If you’d like to read the non-paraphrased tweet click the link)
I don’t wanna be that guy, so this is the last update. But what can I say? I win.