“Baseball opinions are like assholes, everyone’s got one and most of ’em stink.” –Harry Caray
With the trade deadline approaching there were rumors that the pitching-hungry A’s were interested in Noah Syndergaard aka “Thor”. The Mets asking price for the demi-god was a bit too steep and personally I think I’d pass–although Thor is a solid, arguably top-tier starter, I just wouldn’t give up the farm for another shot at a Wild Card game and a chance that Odin’s son wouldn’t even take the hill in such game. The ‘Fro has been (rarely) wrong before but I’m hoping that the ball-club acquires a less sexy, and ultimately more humanly, Mike Leake. (Yes, I like to start my own rumors.) Leake would come at a much lower trade price because of his pedigree, and with the Athletics bullpen imploding from overwork, an innings-eater such as Leake might be undervalued. The Mariners, as always, aren’t opposed to being fleeced on the “minimal interest” trade market and sometimes even welcome it.
I, in a blushing moment of boredom, was checking my WordPress statistics the other day when I noticed that someone had stumbled upon this very blog by googling the search term, “Bob Geren smelling his own ass.” Curiosity got the best of me and when I googled the same sentence the blog before you was the first thing to pop up. Geren, of course, was the Oakland manager that everyone (including his players) loved to hate and he and his forever constipated looking face is now in Los Angeles as bench coach of the Dodgers. Good luck this year, Bob. Once a Yankee always a Yankee.
Reblogged this on Season of the Pitch.
I worked for the A’s for ten years as a baseball operations/player personnel consultant. Not that one would know it from reading the book, but I was working for the A’s while Michael Lewis was writing Moneyball.
It would be interesting to read your thoughts on the recent acquisitions at the trade deadline.
Thanks, Gary, but I don’t follow baseball at all and haven’t for years. “If you prick us, do we not bleed?”
I have never liked Geren. Ugh! Don’t even get me started. I did not like him as the bullpen coach (I recently moved over a section but I was in row two behind the bullpen for like almost 20 years!) and as manager well, googling “Bob Geren smelling his own ass” seems very reasonable & potentially (it was not) there is a chance that that could have been me! LMAO! I remember when our Bob took over in 11 – it was right before my birthday ! A true gift from the baseball gods!! But more on the subject – I was astounded that getting Thor was even a remote thought in their minds … it would have been kinda cool to see Syndergaard in an Kelly Green jersey but it always seemed like it would be not slightly, but very out of reach! 🙂