Thursday, December 7, 2006
Screw you, Oakland Athletics
Someone tell me about this team's "continued success", especially in context with the Rangers?
OK, so Mike Piazza signs with Oakland for one year and reportedly $8.5 million. From that linked story:
Asked why he thought Piazza decided to sign with the Athletics over other teams seeking his services -- including the division rival Texas Rangers -- (A's GM Billy) Beane said it could have a lot do with franchise history and potential for continued success.
"He sees that we have been a competitive club and he knows a couple of guys on the team," Beane said. "Mark Kotsay played briefly with him in Florida, for a week or something like that, and I think he sees a good match here. If we sign him, he has a good chance to win at this point of his career."
Remind me, Moneyball, last time you guys won a World Series? (1989.) Five out of the past seven seasons the A's have made the playoffs and have never won a pennant. Yeah, they've got a new manager for next year. And they just signed Alan Embree to the pen so Joe Kennedy can get his butt kicked every fifth day on a regular basis. (I watched him pitch a lot in the minors. It was like clockwork, after the fifth inning he totally lost it. Always.) This is not a team with a history of closing the deal. Potential for continued success at choking is more accurate.
Rangers manager Ron Washington tells the S-T today about Texas making the playoffs: "I'm very confident that it will happen. I wouldn't be sitting here, and I wouldn't want to go into a season thinking that I didn't have a chance at postseason. If it doesn't happen, I'll be shocked. It's just that simple."
I'm not saying the Rangers will win the division. I just like that Ron Washington talk, and I'm also saying Oakland needs to be knocked down a notch until they start producing more than second-rate division winners.
I am going to alter a funny photo I found out there in cyberland.