I don't really care for Neil's tone on this thread, needlessly going after Chip, Steel, etc.
But I think he's absolutely right about the Reds' failure to recognize what they had in Petagine. The Reds cannot afford to throw away free talent, and that's what they (and the Padres/Mets before them) had in Petagine. This guy could have been an all-star for us, even at first base, while making a very low salary.
I've talked to baseball executives about this guy, asking if he had any personal baggage, etc., keeping American teams from resigning him, and the answer was 'no.' He just happened to not hit well in his first major league 200 at-bats. He did hit well in his last 100 plate appearances or so (obp around .400), but MLB teams had already typed him as a major league flop.
They blew it. There are other guys like this, whom the Reds could acquire for very little. That's why they should hire me. Petagine is now out of reach. I'm glad he got his big pay day.
How, then, are those people of the future—who are taking steroids every day—going to look back on baseball players who used steroids? They're going to look back on them as pioneers. They're going to look back at it and say "So what?" - Bill James, Cooperstown and the 'Roids
Last edited by cincinnati chili; 09-11-2003 at 01:31 PM.