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Sunday, January 15, 2012

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.

The District Attorney Posted: January 15, 2012 at 02:52 PM | 33 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 15, 2012 at 03:08 PM (#4037394)
It would be pretty cool if the team was actually unknown to Colon.

That would be some stealth negotiation. Send a 3rd party lawyer with an offer.

It wouldn't be worth it for a guy like Colon, but in a really big negotiation, I could see a team wanting to test the waters w/o disclosing their interest, especially if the needed to make a trade to fit the FA.
   2. Arbitol Dijaler Posted: January 15, 2012 at 03:17 PM (#4037397)
Hardball!
   3. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: January 15, 2012 at 03:37 PM (#4037407)
The Athletics. Of course.
   4. TerpNats Posted: January 15, 2012 at 03:54 PM (#4037419)
It would be pretty cool if the team was actually unknown to Colon.
Bartolo to agent: "Surprise me."
   5. CrosbyBird Posted: January 15, 2012 at 03:56 PM (#4037421)
I have also agreed to sign with an unknown team.
   6. Tripon Posted: January 15, 2012 at 04:01 PM (#4037422)
nothing says moneyball than Bartolo Colon?
   7. The District Attorney Posted: January 15, 2012 at 04:10 PM (#4037428)
nothing says Funyuns more than Bartolo Colon
fixed
   8. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 15, 2012 at 04:19 PM (#4037432)
The Athletics. Of course.


Billy Beane is doing his best to make the team a bunch of unknowns.
   9. KT's Pot Arb Posted: January 15, 2012 at 04:21 PM (#4037436)
The Athletics. Of course.


The plan the Giants and the MLB have forced on the As has no room for a pitcher as good as Colon.
   10. I Am Not a Number Posted: January 15, 2012 at 04:33 PM (#4037443)
Jeremy Brown will come out of retirement to catch Colon. And no jeans will be sold.
   11. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 15, 2012 at 04:41 PM (#4037446)
He'll make a great #2 starter behind Pepi Perez, who if I remember correctly had an absolutely sick curveball. The All-Stars were a far better team than the Champs, who had no offense beyond the powerful Contos/Barnes/Nyden trio.
   12. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: January 15, 2012 at 04:58 PM (#4037454)
Bartolo will now get to be teammates with Ultimate Warrior and George the Animal Steele
   13. Poster Nutbag Posted: January 15, 2012 at 05:05 PM (#4037461)
#5 - I regret to inform you that Unknown Team has NOT agreed to terms with you. Sorry, but they were also negotiating with Unidentified Team Source, who has a better shot at a spot on the Opening Day roster.

#10 - Literally my first thought! Billy is feeling nostalgic, gotta have at least one "Not selling jeans..." guy.
   14. Walt Davis Posted: January 15, 2012 at 05:49 PM (#4037483)
They're in the Korean league ... it's actually pronounced Unk-noun.
   15. Swedish Chef Posted: January 15, 2012 at 06:17 PM (#4037495)
In other A's news, the Nationals have signed Gio until 2016 with options for 2017 and 2018.
   16. Moe Greene Posted: January 15, 2012 at 06:52 PM (#4037518)
He'll make a great #2 starter behind Pepi Perez, who if I remember correctly had an absolutely sick curveball. The All-Stars were a far better team than the Champs, who had no offense beyond the powerful Contos/Barnes/Nyden trio.

True, but the Champs had Tommy Euler, who was a nice, well-rounded, 4-pitch SP if memory serves.
   17. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 15, 2012 at 07:48 PM (#4037549)
Anyone here *ever* manufacture a run in Hardball? I remember it being even more dependent on the home run than the early 2000s A's.
   18. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: January 15, 2012 at 08:05 PM (#4037562)
Is he likely to have any midseason trade value? Maybe they can get a C prospect?
   19. Lars6788 Posted: January 15, 2012 at 08:52 PM (#4037619)
If he pitches the way he did for the Yankees early in 2011 and maybe sustain it a bit more by pitching in a bigger ballpark, he may become an attractive short-term acquisition.
   20. Justin T., Director of Somethin Posted: January 15, 2012 at 09:12 PM (#4037632)
At least Bartolo is an old man and has made a lot of money already in his career and will not have his quality of life affected that much by whatever horrible thing is about to slay him now that he is an Athletic.
   21. Athletic Supporter can feel the slow rot Posted: January 15, 2012 at 10:16 PM (#4037686)
Anyone here *ever* manufacture a run in Hardball? I remember it being even more dependent on the home run than the early 2000s A's.


Hell yes. I always played as the Champs and I could reliably hit triples with the speedy leadoff guy McCall -- mastered the bloop hits the other way down the line and into the gaps.

Euler was great too.
   22. Lonnie Smith for president Posted: January 15, 2012 at 10:55 PM (#4037700)
Hardball would be a prudent use of this 70-foot digital scoreboard at Wrigley I'm hearing so much about.
   23. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: January 15, 2012 at 11:44 PM (#4037726)
He'll make a great #2 starter behind Pepi Perez, who if I remember correctly had an absolutely sick curveball. The All-Stars were a far better team than the Champs, who had no offense beyond the powerful Contos/Barnes/Nyden trio.

True, but the Champs had Tommy Euler, who was a nice, well-rounded, 4-pitch SP if memory serves.


Well that's a whole heap of names I hadn't thought of in 20 years. I think Euler had the advantage of throwing to Miller behind the plate, that lad could hit like a young Johnny Bench.
   24. Squash Posted: January 15, 2012 at 11:52 PM (#4037730)
I was a big fan of the Champs. They could steal bases like mad, so you pretty much always had guys in scoring position. Although the All Stars had a reliever who could throw the sinker, which was a pretty devastating pitch.
   25. MM1f Posted: January 16, 2012 at 01:15 AM (#4037748)
The mystery team continues to load up on starting pitching.
   26. Jittery McFrog Posted: January 16, 2012 at 01:41 AM (#4037754)
It's good to see The Mystery Team finally land a guy. It seems like they're in on all the big names but never seem to come out on top.
   27. Tschingsch Posted: January 16, 2012 at 03:01 AM (#4037769)
True, but the Champs had Tommy Euler, who was a nice, well-rounded, 4-pitch SP if memory serves.


If I remember correctly, my best pitcher on that team was actually Barnes (or one of the other hitters)... he would throw a "fat pitch" nowhere near the strike zone but called a strike. Not sure if that was a C64-only glitch or not.

   28. bartap74 Posted: January 16, 2012 at 03:06 AM (#4037770)
I once struck out 19 batters with Pepi Perez. I tried and tried, but I could never tie (or break) the record.
   29. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: January 16, 2012 at 10:12 AM (#4037813)
Is there anywhere where you can buy this game for your PC? Man, I spent a lot of hours throwing that screwball that would wiggle like crazy at the end, and catch the outside corner on right hitters. All on the C-64...

That, and Microleague baseball. Replaying the 75 and 82 World Series, years before the internet...good memories.
   30. zonk Posted: January 16, 2012 at 10:40 AM (#4037831)
Is there anywhere where you can buy this game for your PC?


Sure - especially if you're not all that choosy about confirming the state of the software licenses... You'll also need to DL a DOS/C64 emulator, but there are several sites that have a whole host of old C64/Amiga/80s-early90s games. The hardest part is usually getting your GFX card/driver to cooperate.

I had a c64 emmy on my last PC -- haven't ported it over to my new one -- but I played Hardball and Oregon Trail (the original) on my old PC.

I would suggest, if you're on a windows machine -- set up a separate user account with limited permissions... You can google around easy enough to find plenty of places to DL games (and emulators), but a lot of them also love to pack in the trojans. I never got anything particularly nasty -- just a lot of adware and such -- but if you keep it confined to a limited access account, they're easy to deal with.
   31. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: January 16, 2012 at 12:17 PM (#4037896)
The game I used to play was SSI's Computer Baseball. Zero action; it was sort of like a really primitive Diamond Mind or OOTP. You made the managerial moves. It didn't auto-update stats, so after every game you had to print out the box score and then update your team's stats.

Thing is, abilities were based on stats, and it had no concept of small sample size. Thad Bosley from the 1984 Cubs once won the batting title with a BA well north of .400, for example.

But it was awesome. I would work out entire seasons, but since I didn't have the patience to type in the stats for all of the teams, I would play my seasons against the included "all-time great" teams. (The 27 Yankees used to kick my ass a lot.)
   32. zonk Posted: January 16, 2012 at 12:32 PM (#4037912)
The game I used to play was SSI's Computer Baseball. Zero action; it was sort of like a really primitive Diamond Mind or OOTP. You made the managerial moves. It didn't auto-update stats, so after every game you had to print out the box score and then update your team's stats.

Thing is, abilities were based on stats, and it had no concept of small sample size. Thad Bosley from the 1984 Cubs once won the batting title with a BA well north of .400, for example.


That was Microleague for me -- man, when microleague came out with a stats compiler add-on, it was nirvana.

My brother (Tigers fan) and I created minor league all-star teams for our respective organizations, and I still remember this guy being just unfair (we got the stats from the year-end Baseball America almanacs and didn't bother concatenating split levels -- so I used his Pittsfield line from '87). Leonette saved about 60 games over the course of our 162 game schedule - and was only scored upon twice.... My brother felt using him enormously unfair, but I pointed out that this guy on his team stole 150 bases.

I could probably still come up with my entire roster if I think about it for a bit -- Rolando Roomes, Darin Jackson, Dwight Smith (far and away the MVP), Wade Rowden, Mark Grace... that 1987 Pittsfield team was a beast to a sim without MLEs...

The downfall of the league came when we discovered that fast, LHBs could drag bunt their way to ~.750 BAs, even if you played the corners in.
   33. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: January 16, 2012 at 12:44 PM (#4037933)
Micorleague baseball!

The game I loved, and stuck with for years, was Hardball six. I had an entire fictional league of characters that I kept up for years.

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