Nationals Baseball: Mama please let your babies grow up to be catchers

Monday, December 14, 2009

Mama please let your babies grow up to be catchers

The Nats are dumb for signing Pudge. Let's agree to that.

You don't agree? Well fine. There's the back button - hit it, come back tomorrow.

Ok for the rest of you - the Nats are dumb. Two years for 6 million is too much for too long. Not terribly too much, not terribly too long, but it is both and that makes you dumb in my book despite whatever other semi-valid reasons you might have wanted Pudge.

But apparently not only are they dumb, the Nats are the market setters in dumb, because just a few days ago the Royals offered a contract to Jason Kendall. Two years, 6 million dollars. It's like an "anything you can do, I can do dumber" contest. When do Rizzo and Moore start shoving marshmallows up their noses? (Before we get out of hand - let me say I don't think the Nats are Royals dumb, just dumb for signing Pudge. And while not "ok", you have to live with it - teams are dumb sometimes. Just don't be BIG dumb, or dumb all the time. The Nats haven't been either of those.)

Pudge has been bad - but he still plays pretty good defense and has a tiny bit of pop in his bat. Kendall is basically at the point where he's an automatic out if you are a pitcher that can throw strikes. Ok maybe he'll knock a dribbler through the infield a couple times, but that's it. The man has hit 20 homers...since 2001. He is younger than Pudge but once you get past the mid30s, you're rolling the dice no matter if you are 36 or 40. Who's going to sign Charles Johnson for 2 years?

I tell you - if your kid can't hack it throwing southpaw, get him behind the plate. It's a sweet deal.

4 comments:

phil dunn said...

"Winning leads to more revenue which leads to more spending which leads to more winning."

Well stated! I wish someone would explain this to the Mark Lerner and Stan Kasten.

Harper said...

I think (hope) they understand the problem is they, like most owners, want to start the cycle at "Winning" as opposed to "Spending". It's an cheaper (and honestly more effective - since you'll probably be winning with young talent under your control rather than older FA talent) way of starting a cycle BUT there's no telling on how long it will take you to get to that Winning point.

Sasskuash said...

I don't think "southpaws" should look at catcher for a back-up option. For some reason, very few left-handed catchers make it to MLB. In fact, the last one to do so was 20 years ago!

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/16/sports/baseball/16catcher.html

If the kid can't cut it as a southpaw, he better carry a big stick at 1B. If a righty can't cut it, stick them behind the plate!

Sasskuash said...

It appears the link got cut off in my comment. The end of the article link I posted goes:

baseball/16catcher.html

(I can see the baseball, but not the 16catcher.html in my browser). Sorry for the double post.