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Friday, August 17, 2012

NY Post: Sherman: If Sox manage to make change, former captain a good fit

In the past, you would dismiss someone who was just a year out of the game with no professional managing experience. But the success this year Robin Ventura of the White Sox and the Cardinals’ Mike Matheny — both returning to old haunts as first-time-anywhere managers — is changing the rules. In addition, Don Mattingly is having great success with the Dodgers after never previously managing. ...

Boras’ threat clearly a factor in babying Strasburg ...

If that were not enough, this certainly sounds like an “or else” threat about what would happen if the Nationals disregarded [Boras’] counsel and Strasburg busted: “There is an ethical and legal consideration here,” Boras said. “Who is not going to follow expert medical advice? What kind of liability do you take on to ignore that?”

Boras has been obsessed with this since the Braves pushed his client, Steve Avery, to throw 828 1/3 innings between the regular and postseasons through his age-23 campaign — the eighth-highest total in that age group during the expansion (post 1969) era. Avery never had a high-caliber season again and was done at 29. Now some of the pitchers high on that list — such as Bert Blyleven, Felix Hernandez and CC Sabathia — have gone on to thrive and have high-level health. But the list is filled with a boatload of cautionary tales such as Dwight Gooden, Bret Saberhagen, Don Gullett, Jeremy Bonderman and Alex Fernandez.

bobm Posted: August 17, 2012 at 08:57 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bruce Markusen Posted: August 17, 2012 at 03:36 PM (#4210760)
All right, Avery threw 828 innings. Even if Strasburg continued to pitch regularly through the postseason, he wouldn't be anywhere near that total. This sounds like another overreaction from Boras.
   2. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: August 17, 2012 at 03:44 PM (#4210779)
They should make Jim Rice the manager as he will bring THE FEAR the clubhouse so desperately needs.
   3. bigglou115 is not an Illuminati agent Posted: August 17, 2012 at 03:47 PM (#4210786)
Am I missing something on Steve Avery? He was serviceable, but I'm only seeing 2003 as any kind of "high-caliber season" Looking at his career numbers nothing looks amiss, basically the same pitcher his entire career with one and a half good-great seasons.
   4. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: August 17, 2012 at 03:50 PM (#4210788)
Am I missing something on Steve Avery?

They hype. You are missing all the hype.
   5. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: August 17, 2012 at 04:41 PM (#4210870)
Am I missing something on Steve Avery? He was serviceable, but I'm only seeing 2003 as any kind of "high-caliber season" Looking at his career numbers nothing looks amiss, basically the same pitcher his entire career with one and a half good-great seasons.


Avery was a former #3 draft choice, a lefty who had solid command and threw hard. He'd been good in the minors -- rarely dominant, but he was always younger than everyone else at his level. He had a rough first year at 20, then threw 444 innings with a 116 ERA+ at age 21-22. 1993 was the year everyone had always expected him to have. Then he started getting hurt all of the time and that was eventually it.

Another way of looking at it was that through his age-23 season Avery was better than Glavine (and Maddux) and maybe a bit better than Smoltz. Glavine had won a Cy Young and Smoltz seemed destined to win at least one, and Avery was better than they had been at the same age. You absolutely have to remember this when considering how people looked at Avery.

He had a good start to his career.
   6. Nasty Nate Posted: August 17, 2012 at 04:55 PM (#4210893)
They should make Jim Rice the manager as he will bring THE FEAR the clubhouse so desperately needs.


Ole Wade Boggs can be his hitting coach as he will bring THE BEER the clubhouse so desperately needs.
   7. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 17, 2012 at 05:06 PM (#4210908)
Ole Wade Boggs can be his hitting coach as he will bring THE BEER the clubhouse so desperately needs.

Yastrzemski would also be a good fit for that role.
   8. Swoboda is freedom Posted: August 17, 2012 at 05:23 PM (#4210931)
Am I missing something on Steve Avery?

It was also the delivery. It looked so smooth. Kind of reminded me of Jon Matlack.

It was like David Justice and his swing. They looked like superstars.
   9. asinwreck Posted: August 17, 2012 at 05:24 PM (#4210932)
Hire Hawk Harrelson to replace Bobby Valentine! He played with Yaz AND has front office experience!

This must happen. Today.

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