"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it."
Baseball isn't a magic trick ... it doesn't get spoiled if you figure out how it works. - gonelong
I'm witchcrafting everybody.
Ross is light-years more useful than Le Q, for sure, but even with the three bombs on his record, he's still hitting .242/.306/.478- which is no scarier than Russ Branyan territory. (Useful, but not clock-stopping.)
He's whiffed 55 times in 207 at-bats, which is also Branyan territory.
Denorfia's got to be better on defense and the basepaths. Ross is going to have to hit more than a fistful of homers to be more useful than Chris as a fourth outfielder.
What did Ross in was the injuries.
And IMO, Krivsky did a class thing in how he went about trying to deal Ross....
Ross' first at-bat was memorable. A Roy Oswalt fastball hit his hand while he struck out against Houston on April 28, causing a deep bruise on his left pinky. It put him on the disabled list until he was activated on Tuesday. In between was a lengthy Minor League rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville that helped get him extra at-bats. He started in left field for Cincinnati on Wednesday.
Knowing Ross had been designated a month earlier, Krivsky wanted to avoid making him go through it again. Ross would have had to sweat it out for a maximum 10-day period before either clearing waivers to the Minors or being picked up by another club.
"I started calling teams and tried to find a spot where someone wanted him," Krivsky said. "I wasn't looking so much for the return as I was keeping a player in the Major Leagues somewhere."
The rebuilding Marlins are stocked with young players. Ross knew that not every GM looks out for a player he's trying to unload.
"panic" only comes from having real expectations
He is...right now....a better ML hitter than Denorfia and Q.....and this team needed him more than they realized later in the year.
At worst......he was the 2006 version of the 1973 Andy Kosco.
A power bat off the bench.
Honestly, the support for the man stems soley from the Arroyo and Phillips aquisitions. Ross is starting to come back to earth somewhat. Hatte was a nice signing, and as he is holding a seat for Votto, I can live with the extension.
But the number of truely BONEHEADED aquisitions astounds me. Hell even Jimbo doesn't want Yan or Mays. That says loads. Cody Ross was never going to play for the Reds. And because the GM or manager wanted Q instead, well that speaks loads too.
Suck it up cupcake.
But other then that (above), I don't see any of the other trades/acquisitions as truly being "bonehead" unless it somehow really hamstrings this organization in bulding for the future with guaranteed contracts and salary where we are stuck.
THIS YEAR, every GM was out there trying to acquire, and improve, their pitching situation. Heck, they were grabbing up our DFA's before they even hit the ground. What does that say about the market?
And I even stated then, long before the "trade", that this situation with the pitching/bullpen may be something that can't be fixed until the off-season because the market demand is too high right now.
But alot of these arms that Kriv acquired to try and bring some stability to this bullpen and give us a fighting chance this year, for the most part, came at a low risk/low investment, where they can just as easily be jettisoned with no harm to this team IMHO.
And there was a slight improvement in our BP's performance in the 2nd half. Very slight and obviously not enough; but there was improvement.
And a few are young and could very well pan out. We don't know that as of yet. But my point is I don't necessarily see them as "bonehead" moves.
And Kriv has shown that he is not afraid to cut loose from a player, and even eat a contract, when it seems that player is not gonna help us out.
And yes, he has taken risks. But again, a majority of those risks are IMHO low risks. Some have panned out, and some haven't. And when they haven't, he has cut them loose with really no harm to this team. And he will probably do some more at season's end.
But I think he was simply trying to do what he could to keep us in the hunt, and give us a fighting chance this year, while not completely dismantling the core of this team.
Now some may argue (and they have) that guys like Kearns-Lopez were, or could have been, part of that core. I just tend to disagree, based on their erratic performances. But you'll get no argument from me that Kriv may have "pulled the plug" on them too quickly, and possibly sold low.
But I think Kriv's positives still outweigh his negatives as far as moves go. But it only makes since, seeing the number of moves/decisions that Kriv has made in just his initial year as GM, that the odds were against him that some may turn out to be bad ones. We'll see.
At least he doesn't have a 5-tooler infatuation, wears leather pants, and lets his GF publically beat the crap out of him!
Last edited by GAC; 09-17-2006 at 08:01 AM.
"panic" only comes from having real expectations
"Sometimes, it's not the sexiest moves that put you over the top," Krivsky said. "It's a series of transactions that help you get there."