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When did this "one-day contract" for retiring players phenomenon begin?
Oswald went from great to useless pretty much overnight. What the hell happened there?
The bullet from Jack Ruby accelerated his decline.
Oswal[t] went from great to useless pretty much overnight. What the hell happened there?
If they actually suited up and played one game, wouldn't that actually improve the team's chances?
Ozzie Smith signed a one-day managerial contract with the Cardinals on the last day of the 1990 season before he retired.
John Tudor finished his career that year, but Tudor actually did pitch for STL his last year. Plus, nobody liked him.
I like the idea of a September signing and letting the player have a final game in uniform ala Atlanta with Phil Niekro in 1987. Yeah, didn't go perfectly but fans had a final shot at seeing a guy who stared for them on the field and he got that final chance. Even if the guy just comes in to pinch run or something it'd be better than a news conference.
roy-o had a really great astros career - best pitcher we ever had - meaning both years and quality
Really? Based just on Astros numbers, which of these guys do you bump to make room for Farrell?
I think he was just going by WAR as an Astro. Darwin, Hampton, Kile, Lidge, Miller, Portugal, Sambito, Smith, and Wagner are ranked behind Farrell.
By WAR, it looks like he's 11th as an Astro. But his other point was wrong. If you compare the Astros with the other 1962 expansion teams, their 10th place guy (Clemens, with 16.8 WAR) is similar to the Angels (Troy Percival with 16.9), and better than the Mets (remarkably, Glavine at 15.3) and much better than the Rangers (Blyleven at 11.1). They're not really any crappier than the average expansion team.
By the way, the Royals probably have the deepest pitching leader board of any of the 14 expansion teams, as Larry Gura is 10th at 18.8.
I think if you look at any team post 1962 that having a guy in tenth place with 16 war is probably pretty good. (Cardinals guy in 10th place in that time has 11.2 -Tewksbury. Braves have Avery with 13.6, etc.... Boston has Derek Lowe with 19, Yankees with Cone at 20)
I see the articles that mention Ozzie Smith's one-day contract in 1990, but I don't understand it either. He never signed with another team after the Cardinals, so there was no reason to sign a one-day contract. If the year and team are right, the most prominent ex-Cardinal who retired in 1990 was Keith Hernandez. John Tudor finished his career that year, but Tudor actually did pitch for STL his last year. Plus, nobody liked him.
IIRC - the year might be different, but Ozzie's "parting" with the Cardinals was not originally cordial... I don't think TLR and he got along and TLR was ready to insert (Royce Clayton maybe? Jose Oquendo?) at SS. I vaguely recall that Ozzie didn't so much retire as much as the Cardinals didn't bring him back (and he was done - so whether he actively sought out another job or not, I don't know).
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