First things first: I welcome all comments (except for politics and religion and swear words) from anyone and everyone. But I absolutely insist that any poster who does not want to post his/her own name NOT use the name of an actual Famous Person, such as a ballplayer, manager, well known FO person, scout, agent, etc. Misspell or change the name, please.
Second, I apologise to Kevin Goldstein for mentally adding him to Steven Goldman (who blogs about the Yankees and other topics) and calling him Steven Goldstein. I know very well who Kevin is, and it was one of those late night, I’m beyond tired, didn’t edit properly things. Didn’t mean to seem like I was thinkin of him as a Yankee fan.
I know that Kevin is a prospect evaluator, and I’ve been reading his stuff since at least 02 or 03. I know he is well thought of and well known. I know that he has many sources throughout the scouting world. I know that besides writing for Baseball Prospectus, he does radio and podcasts, and have absolutely no idea whether or not he had an additional paying job. I doubt BPro made him rich, or paid him like a columnist for a newspaper. Very VERY few people who write exclusively for internet publications and/or books like BPro annual and/or do radio/podcasts make enough money to live on, assuming they aren’t in they mama basement.
But as far as I’m concerned, Kevin is a blogger. Just because he is famous, has multiple well placed sources and is well respected by the scouting and baseball establishment, doesn’t mean he isn’t a blogger. I am not Buzz Bissinger/journalist/TV personality with a lawn kids need to get offn. A writer who writes exclusively for internet, who is not a novelist, a media journalist/reporter or a TV person is, far as I’m concerned, a blogger. In MY OWN OPINION, a writer stops being a blogger when he/she writes for the internet part of a large TV media site – say, Craig Calcaterra. Or Joe Posnanski (at least when he wrote for NBC/Sports Illustrated – not sure exactly what Sports On Earth is or who that site is connected to.)
For those of all yall that asked – well what do YOU think Kevin Goldstein is going to do for the Astros as Pro Scouting Director? Answer is, I can only guess because I know generally how scouting is done in most ML teams, and who knows WHAT the Astros are going to do in the future. My understanding is that there is a team which evaluates the other teams’ major league players in advance of games or to assess tradable talent. There is a team which evaluates minor leaguers. There is a team which evaluates ballplayers who can be drafted before the draft. There is a team which evaluates foreign ballplayers who are not draft eligible. And there is usually a person who is supposed to be head of all those teams. Best I understand, Kevin will be in charge of receiving all reports from all teams. I don’t know if Kevin is going to assemble people, numbers or both. Teams aren’t exactly completely honest about stuff like that, you know. I would ask, but I wouldn’t know how to evaluate the accuracy of any answer I would get.
All I actually DO know is that MLB, in an effort to increase profits for the owners, have severely capped draft spending, which prevents lousy or lower income teams from building through the draft by paying more for better young players. I DO know that Jim Crane has made it more than clear that he is not spending money on the ML team and is not signing free agents (I mean, FA who are actually worth much more than minimum wage/ 1-2 mill a year at most with a 1 year contract.) Maybe Kevin has some new/better way to evaluate pre-draft players or to determine who, from all the minor leaguers foreign and domestic, are better than other people think.
But, no disrespect to Kevin, I kind of doubt it. Otherwise, a richer team would have hired him and paid him more. Money talks.
As for me and the Astros and blogging after the divorce is final on Oct 4, 2012, well, it’s like this: I won’t be following the Astros any more closely than I do the Tigers or other AL team because I don’t believe that DH ball is actually baseball, but is a different and similar game and I prefer the real thing. I don’t know if, like my Mama, I am going to pick another actual team to root for, come hell or high water. The Cardinals were her girlhood team, and it wasn’t really difficult for her to go back to her lost love, especially with TLR gone.
I asked Husband if I should stop blogging after the divorce. Well, after the WS following the divorce. He got That Look that men get when their woman asks them a question they really REALLY don’t know the correct answer to and really REALLY don’t wanna hear, FINNNNNNNNNNNEEEEE!!!!
He said – any of your gf care about/watch baseball? Are you gonna be happy only talkin baseball to your Mama and her friends, AND are you gonna give up Primer (baseballthinkfactory.org) for good?
My turn to not know what the answer is. After all, I AM a grrrl and I can’t shut up any more than my daddy’s Siamese cat can (no, he didn’t never find the “real owners” not that he looked, mind…) So the answer is that I will almost surely keep writing, knowing me. I guess I’ll get a mlb.tv subscription, yes I know it costs $$$ to watch whatever game I happen to want to watch, if I have time, and I won’t be doing game play by plays most of the time. But truth is, I like saying what I think and I don’t think I am really ready to give up baseball.
And like Joan Jett sez, (she’s badass, I’d don’t care if she’s old enough to be my mama)
I don’t give a damn ’bout my bad reputation
A girl can do what she wants to do and that’s
What I’m gonna do
An’ I don’t give a damn ‘ bout my bad reputation
An’ I’m only doin’ good
When I’m havin’ fun
An’ I don’t have to please no one
An’ I don’t give a damn
‘Bout my bad reputation
An’ I don’t really care
If ya think I’m strange
I ain’t gonna change
An’ I’m never gonna care
‘Bout my bad reputation
Oh no, not me
No no, not me
Now – sorry about no post last night, was too tired after the game was over.
Question of the night: why, WHY??? in the name of the Church of Baseball is Matt Swearwords Downs playing?? Let alone playing RF?? Seriously, WTF is it about this guy? It ain’t an all righty lineup, so there is no, NO reason to play Downs, let alone in right. Jeezus Gawd. Sometimes, I just am not capable of understanding why an Organization has this inexplicable LUUUUVVVVV for a crappy player (who is not a catcher) just as often as they have this inexplicable hate for a guy who appears to be a very GOOD player. And Matt Downs is there right along with Jason Michaels.
Wandy pitched great – 7 innings – 4 singles, 1 walk, 7 K. The curve was a thing of beauty. Not sure why he was pulled after the 7th as he didn’t look even a little tired and was at only 89 pitches and was throwing a shutout. Sad to note that this is only his 10th W – he hasn’t tended to get more run support as a Pirate than he did as an Astro.
Yes I wore my Wandy shirt. Yes I will keep wearing my Wandy shirt. No, I’ve never seen any other person wearing a Wandy shirt. I like being innovative.
Jordan Lyles wasn’t terrible, but Tyler Greene allowed 3 runs to score – one was a dead easy groundball hit right to him in the first that was, for some reason I don’t get, scored a “hit” and the other was in the 5th, when Froddy was called in to face a lefty???!!! yes, you read that right, and got an inning ending easy pop fly to short that Greene let drop and new third baseman Brandon Laird (yet another Yankees reject) almost got too near – 2 runs scored. Not that it mattered because Wandy was nails and Lyles let 3 other runs score his own self and that would have been enough.
So we’re staying nicely behind in the race to the bottom. Or is it ahead – and those stupid Cubs are refusing to Win, now that the Rox have finally gotten it together with their new “starting” rotation in which every guy gets 75 pitches, then is pulled. If it works for them, I’m for it – this way, they stay away from our record. And hopefully, a prospect/prospects better than Mark Appel and his Boras fueled demands will magically appear before Draft Day.