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A haiku for the just-released Jason Giambi.

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Goodbye, Jason.Tattoos, ‘roids, and booze.

You were once the best slugger.

Should go back on juice.

The Oakland A’s released veteran slugger Jason Giambi today. Billy Beane’s expensive offseason acquisition certainly didn’t have a resurgence in his return to Oakland, batting just .193 with 11 homers and 40 RBI in 83 games. Giambi recently hit the disabled list with a quadriceps injury.

With the release of Giambi and the impending release of Eric Chavez, Oakland fans must be wallowing in the memories of the glorious Moneyball days of the early 2000’s. The past few seasons have lacked magic or, more specifically (hmm, how do I say this politely?), any semblance to competitive baseball.

Perhaps Oakland should fire Billy Beane and consider bringing in someone else? The plan is not working…


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August 7, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Sidney Ponson is released by the Royals.

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Over the last decade, Ponson has:

  • been arrested for assaulting a judge in his native Aruba (2004).
  • been slapped with at least two D.U.I. charges (both in 2005).
  • been released and had a contract voided for being a legal and physical mess (Baltimore, 2005).
  • been designated for assignment because “We don’t feel Sidney deserves to be here or wants to be here. We’re not going to get into details other than to say we’re clearly trying to put together a team here, in a true sense of the word. Based on some recent comments and other such things, it was pretty clear that he did not want to be part of that, and it’s something we’re not going to tolerate” (Texas, 2008).
  • tested positive for a stimulant (World Baseball Classic, 2009).
  • played for seven different clubs (1998-2009).

Would a real Knight do this?It’s absolutely shameful that someone with the moral ineptitude of Sidney Ponson keeps getting contracts.

Every season he somehow lands a one-year deal worth about a million dollars before he’s inevitably released for being an ineffective whale.

Because of his infraction during the WBC testing, Ponson is banned from international competition for the next couple years. We can only hope that no team signs him and his time in Major League Baseball is over.

Who’s with me?

Let’s get this piece out of baseball!

Nationals fire manager Manny Acta, biggest shock of 2009!

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To win was too hard;

Bad pitching, youngsters, errors.

Will you manage Mets?

You're fired!

The Washington Nationals fired Manny Acta today and the only person surprised is, well, no one.

The team was 26-61 for the first half of the season under his management, but the team’s failure was less a product of his managing than of inconsistent position players and the worst pitching staff in the National League. The team ranked last in the league in team shutouts, saves, innings pitched, hits allowed, runs allowed, and bases-on-balls.

It’s hard to be that bad.

UPDATE: Bench coach Jim Riggleman will finish out the season as the National’s skipper.

Tom Glavine says goodbye to 2009.

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Glavine tips his cap to 2009.Tom Glavine won’t be pitching in 2009.

In a text message to an Atlanta television station (when did text messaging the media become acceptable?), Glavine stated, “I’m not going to pitch or do anything baseball related until at least next year.” He went on to say he’ll become a “full-time dad.”

Earlier this month, the 43-year-old lefty was unceremoniously released by the Atlanta Braves during his recovery from left elbow and shoulder surgery. The move came as a shock to Glavine and his teammates and also to the Atlanta fanbase. Atlanta management continues to draw the ire of fans because of its poor treatment of Glavine and priorly, John Smoltz.

During his 17 year career with Atlanta, Glavine won 244 games, two Cy Young awards, and eight All-Star nods. He’s fourth on the team’s all-time wins list and he, along with Smoltz and Greg Maddux, comprise a very special period in Brave’s history.

Glavine’s time with the New York Mets wasn’t without event, however. While with the team, Glavine won his 300th game in 2008 and earned All-Star appearances in 2004 and 2006.

There’s conflicting reports regarding other teams’ interest in Glavine. The pitcher has told media outlets that he’d received offers to pitch in the MLB in 2009, but according to some baseball analysts, he drew little attention.

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June 19, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Grab yourself a 6-pack of Coors, Hurdle. You’re fired.

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Clint Hurdle’s going to be fired within the week.

Before the Rockies just lost three-in-a-row against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Hurdle was already on the hotseat. The latest sweep leaves the club at a dismal 18-28 and has players privately speculating he won’t make it through the weekend. If the move happens, I would expect it to happen before the end of today or on Monday when the team heads to Houston.

There is a rumor that Hurdle will have the chance to lead the club through the team’s next series against the San Diego Padres. Apparently, management wants to make sure that Hurdle can manage against a usually-miserable opponent and therefore maintain the team’s recent status-quo, another lackluster season.

Bye, Clint!

I feel a little bad for Hurdle; it’s really hard to forget the team’s wondrous and inspiring run in 2007. A part of me believes that the team’s failure isn’t so much a product of bad managing as it is of a team that simply hasn’t living up to its billing.

The team’s ace, lefty Jeff Francis, went down for the season with a shoulder injury before even throwing a pitch in 2009. Taylor Buccholz, the bullpen’s saving grace last season, missed the first part of the season and will be out for a bit longer following elbow surgery.

The rest of the roster has also disappeared though. Third baseman Garrett Atkins and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki have been completely miserable as middle-of-the-order bats. Atkins, the team’s “power,” is hovering near the Mendoza line and has a measly three dingers while Tulowitzki is batting .079 with runners in scoring position (3-38). Huston Street has done an able job as closer, but Manny Corpas and the rest of the bullpen has been wretched.

Hurdle’s failure to utilize players like utilityman Ian Stewart and outfielder Ryan Spillborghs could ultimately spell his undoing. There’s also mutterings that players are simply no longer responding to his style of managing.

It’s only a matter of time before the clamoring rings true…

It’s a good day for firing.

UPDATE: Sure enough, Hurdle was fired at 3:30 p.m. eastern time today!

An untimely goodbye for Oakland A’s 3B Eric Chavez.

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Oakland’s third baseman Eric Chavez has dealt with injury after injury since signing a six-year, $66 million contract in 2004.

First it was an ailing right shoulder. Then it was his left shoulder. Next came the back problems. Then it was the right shoulder again. And when things didn’t look like they could get any worse, Chavez hit the disabled list with nerve inflammation in his right elbow and forearm early this season.

News broke today that the six-time Gold Glover’s career is effectively over if his back goes out once more. California doctors notified Chavez that he would need a spinal fusion the next time and would not be given any more temporary remedies.

When asked about the severity of the injury, Chavez responded, “Pretty much game, set, match.”

I'm sad to see you go #3.

Obviously, the amount of activity he’ll be able to do during a rehab assignment is going to be extremely limited. Coaches are going to have their fingers crossed everytime Chavez lifts a weight, throws a ball, fields a grounder, swings a bat, picks up a bag of groceries, bends down to get into his car, or whacks off. The likelihood of a comeback seems bleak.

This news can best be described as sad and unfortunate. Chavez holds a small, albeit special, place in baseball history.

Chavez was one of baseball’s first “moneyball” players. The term, coined in Michael Lewis’ book of the same name, characterized Oakland General Manager Billy Beane’s new breed of player that focused on on-base percentage rather than traditional statistics. Beane was so impressed with Chavez’s dedication to taking walks and playing conservative baseball that he signed Chavez to the now-infamous deal, a rare leap of faith from the usually cautious, use ’em-then-lose ’em GM.

While Chavez will never be remembered as nothing more than an “average” offensive third baseman by today’s standards, he will be remembered as a premier defensive player who controlled the hot corner whenever he was healthy enough to.

A poem for former D-Back’s manager Bob Melvin.

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Permanent tossout, Bobby boy.

Bob always looked so despondent and calm,

Like the team’s struggles were right when they really were wrong.

Bob rarely showed any flair or passion,

But still managed to win in unusual fashion.

Bob’s teams gave up a lot of runs,

And scored even less,

Mostly because of a miserable offense.

So one day the front office decided to give Bob the lynch,

And promote his director of player of development A.J. Hinch.

And I can’t say I didn’t see it coming,

The Diamondbacks didn’t exactly start the year off-and-running.

And they’ve only got Bob to blame,

For the D-Backs starting the year 12 and 17.

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May 8, 2009 at 12:04 pm