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Gallen5862
03-30-2006, 04:56 PM
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Nationals Released outfielder Michael Tucker. Do you think he is worth a look? I would prefer him over Womack on the roster.

flyer85
03-30-2006, 05:00 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/transactions
Nationals Released outfielder Michael Tucker. Do you think he is worth a look? I would prefer him over Womack on the roster.he is certainly more capable McCracken but that isn't saying much. Denorfia is a much better option than the other chaff floating around

KronoRed
03-30-2006, 05:11 PM
He's old and vetty..sign him up.

Heath
03-30-2006, 05:27 PM
Nope, he's Jimbo's pal - I'm shocked they did it.

Jim Bowden was to Michael Tucker as Dan O'Brien was to Corky Romano.

BTW - Pass on Tucker. He might hook up with someone.

Spitball
03-30-2006, 05:41 PM
Michael Tucker falls onto that list of outfielders that are (or were) victims of the escalated salaries in baseball. They are too good for their own good because they are not good enough to be budgeted into most team's budgets. Outfielders are just too easy to replace.

Marquis Grissom, Reggie Sanders, ...

captainmorgan07
03-30-2006, 10:19 PM
why do i expect to see him in a reds uniform in a few days but i hope not we got enough old guys

Team Clark
03-31-2006, 10:31 AM
I have only witnessed three other ballplayers divide a clubhouse quicker than Michael Tucker. Stay FAR, FAR away from him.

Chip R
03-31-2006, 10:47 AM
I have only witnessed three other ballplayers divide a clubhouse quicker than Michael Tucker. Stay FAR, FAR away from him.

In addition to Bonds, who are the other 2?

Team Clark
03-31-2006, 12:16 PM
Greg Zaun (believe it or not) and Greg Vaughn. Funny how their names rhyme.

Chip R
03-31-2006, 12:21 PM
Greg Zaun (believe it or not) and Greg Vaughn. Funny how their names rhyme.

Surprised you'd mention Vaughn since his presence in 99 was credited by many Reds fans as having a positive effect on that team. Not doubting you, but it just flies in the face of the conventional wisdom.

Team Clark
03-31-2006, 12:51 PM
Surprised you'd mention Vaughn since his presence in 99 was credited by many Reds fans as having a positive effect on that team. Not doubting you, but it just flies in the face of the conventional wisdom.

In '99 his scare tactics worked VERY well. Picking up players by their throat, threatening bodily harm and such can have a positive effect when other methods have fallen on deaf ears. However, when he was in Tampa that didn't play so well. Not to mention Greg's abilities and swing had seriosuly declined. Tough to back up your speeches and antics with a .190 batting average.

Zaun was another case all by himself. He and Brad Ausmus had it out in Detroit and Zaun was eventually traded. Zaun was going to the pitchers to campaign for playing time. The pitchers were very uncomfortable with the situation. You could see the strain on these guys when throwing bullpen sessions or even before games. Zaun would jump from one locker to the next asking these guys to go to Phil garner to tell him they wanted him behind the plate. Of course word got back to Ausmus and Zaun denied everything. Randy Smith was the GM at the time. I remember hearing him go nuts on Zaun in the managers office. You could hear him through the door. When Zaun was traded he left a note above Ausmus' locker that read something to the effect of "I thought this clubhouse was big enough for both of us". A couple of beat writers wrote the entire note down word for word and printed it. If memory serves correct it was Todd Jones and C.J. Nitkowski that went to Ausmus and eventually Phil Garner.

That was a wild spring training. Juan Gonzalez, Tony Clark, Damian Easley, Hideo Nomo, Bobby Higginson, Eric Munson and Robert Fick. Fick's nickname was appropriately "Wild Hillbilly". They sort of named him after the GI Joe character Wild Bill. He could pack more F-Bombs into a sentence than Buddy Bell.

KearnsyEars
03-31-2006, 02:09 PM
He's done, stick a fork in him. The only pitch he can remotely get on anymore is the 4 seamer. That doesn't get it done.

REDREAD
03-31-2006, 02:14 PM
what did Tucker do that was so bad? I thought he was good buddies with Larkin and some of the other guys.
Did he complain about playing time when Jack gave the LF job to Dimtri Young?

Team Clark
03-31-2006, 04:04 PM
He was one of the "clique" leaders in the clubhouse. Wish I could find some of the media's stories about the cliques and problems they were having. Bowden got rid of all of his problem children including Tucker. Alex Ochoa was guilty by association and was shipped out too. Truly unfortunate because Alex was not a "divider". I'm not going to go into any more detail than that but I remember how bad it was.

REDREAD
03-31-2006, 08:06 PM
I'm not doubting you.. but it seems very "high school" to be worried about cliques in the clubhouse. But maybe it's worst than I am assuming. I just assumed Tucker and Ochoa got shipped out to save cash. Although maybe I'm remembering wrong, but didn't several other veteran players get shipped out at about the same time (within say 6 months)? I want to say Todd Walker and maybe Remlinger.. but perhaps my mind is in a fog.

Team Clark
03-31-2006, 08:28 PM
I'm not doubting you.. but it seems very "high school" to be worried about cliques in the clubhouse. But maybe it's worst than I am assuming. I just assumed Tucker and Ochoa got shipped out to save cash. Although maybe I'm remembering wrong, but didn't several other veteran players get shipped out at about the same time (within say 6 months)? I want to say Todd Walker and maybe Remlinger.. but perhaps my mind is in a fog.



It was worse. Probably need to leave it at that. Hey Opening Day is just around the corner!!!!:beerme:

Spitball
04-01-2006, 01:54 PM
TC, I love these stories.

KronoRed
04-01-2006, 02:00 PM
why do i expect to see him in a reds uniform in a few days but i hope not we got enough old guys
I think we're safe from this one, he's not diverse enough.

Team Clark
04-01-2006, 11:23 PM
TC, I love these stories.

Thanks. It's funny how many stories I have stored that I completely forget about until someone brings up a name or a situation.

Sometime I need to post my story about the first time I met Jose Canseco (if I haven't already) and the first time I met Orel Hershiser. Two great stories.

Spitball
04-02-2006, 11:20 AM
Thanks. It's funny how many stories I have stored that I completely forget about until someone brings up a name or a situation.

Sometime I need to post my story about the first time I met Jose Canseco (if I haven't already) and the first time I met Orel Hershiser. Two great stories.

Any time you're ready, I'm all "ears". :)