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Friday, June 09, 2006

Mets - Acquired a Lack of Kaz

Colorado Rockies - Acquired 2B Kazuo Matsui and cash from the New York Mets for OF Eli Marrero; optioned 2B Kazuo Matsui to Colorado Springs.

That came out of nowhere.  The Rockies didn’t just come out of nowhere to acquire Matsui, they actually sent him straight to AAA as well.  Colorado doesn’t need a 2B at the moment with Jamey Carroll channelling the immortal soul of Eddie Collins somehow, but Matsui could appear on the team soon depending on what happens with Luis Gonzalez and his Nick Johnson-esque Mysteriously Injured Wrists.  There’s always the possibility of shifting Carroll over to shortstop, with Clint Barmes doing his best to show a new generation that it’s always possible to play worse than Ray Oyler.

With the team happy with Spilborghs from the right side, Marrero was expendable and allowed the team to bring up Piedra as the primary lefty pinch-hitter backup outfielder.  Choo Freeman is still around for those times where the pitcher on the mound doesn’t have an arm, the only situation in which Freeman is likely to be valuable.

The Mets, as implied above, primarily get a lack of Kazuo Matsui on their team.  It’s a good thing that the Big Apple still has the other, non-awful Matsui, as Kaz was bad enough with the Mets to cause New Yorkers to hope for the return of Internment Camps.  With the extra Mets injuries, Marrero will fill out the Mets depth chart, though they’re nuts if they use him full-time.

Not a great day for Japanese players - the White Sox released Hideo Nomo and that’s probably the end of his career.  The big club already has the spot reserved for “foreign pitcher with wacky windup” filled with Contreras and the spot reserved for “awful pitcher” filled with Garland.

Dan Szymborski Posted: June 09, 2006 at 10:34 PM | 35 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: June 09, 2006 at 11:13 PM (#2058205)
Nomo will end up with the Cubs. He'll be their best starter in the second half.
   2. North Side Chicago Expatriate Giants Fan Posted: June 09, 2006 at 11:18 PM (#2058217)
How much of Kaz's salary are the Mets paying? I suppose giving up Eli Marrero for the opportunity to have the Mets pay to see if Kaz can ever regain his NPB form isn't the worst idea ever.
   3. Brandon in MO (Yunitility Infielder) Posted: June 09, 2006 at 11:21 PM (#2058221)
What the ####?

The Royals just signed their latest "AAA filler" guy today (Donovan Osborne), and now Nomo is on the market?

Granted, the lowest available number on the Royals is #26 and Nomo might be too awful for the Royals.

Maybe Nomo can finally break the Royals record for "highest uniform number" (currently #61 which was worn by Bob Hegman in 1985).
   4. Rob Base Posted: June 09, 2006 at 11:22 PM (#2058226)
How much of Kaz's salary are the Mets paying?

We're hearing all. Look, the guy has zero value. This trade is saving face by not releasing him.
   5. North Side Chicago Expatriate Giants Fan Posted: June 09, 2006 at 11:31 PM (#2058241)
We're hearing all. Look, the guy has zero value. This trade is saving face by not releasing him.

Kaz clearly sucks. I don't think anyone should really be disputing that. He didn't always suck, though, and now the Rockies have a free chance to find out if he will ever not suck again.
   6. Rob Base Posted: June 09, 2006 at 11:36 PM (#2058248)
Kaz clearly sucks. I don't think anyone should really be disputing that. He didn't always suck, though, and now the Rockies have a free chance to find out if he will ever not suck again.

And I'm not saying the Rockies got swindled. Hardly. Marrero isn't exactly ... well, he isn't exactly a major league baseball player either.
   7. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: June 09, 2006 at 11:39 PM (#2058253)
If you could merge Kaz's 2004 offense with his 2006 defense, you'd have a good 2b. He looks completely clueless at the plate right now.
   8. greenback calls it soccer Posted: June 10, 2006 at 12:20 AM (#2058330)
The Royals just signed their latest "AAA filler" guy today (Donovan Osborne), and now Nomo is on the market?

Donovan Osborne's alive?
   9. AJMcCringleberry Posted: June 10, 2006 at 12:33 AM (#2058364)
I had no idea Nomo was still around.
   10. Brandon in MO (Yunitility Infielder) Posted: June 10, 2006 at 01:05 AM (#2058429)
Nomo also started 19 games for the D-Rays, and apparently his control went into the shitter.
   11. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: June 10, 2006 at 01:58 AM (#2058546)
Nomo also started 19 games for the D-Rays, and apparently his control went into the shitter.

Nomo couldn't get out of Columbus last year, even though the Yankees were running out Darrell May and Tim Redding. This is before Aaron Small sold his soul for ten wins. If Nomo couldn't crack the rotation under those circumstances, he is done, done, done.
   12. danup Posted: June 10, 2006 at 02:33 AM (#2058628)
Donovan Osborne!? That sighting makes my day.
   13. ChadBradfordWannabe Posted: June 10, 2006 at 04:43 AM (#2058893)
Donovan Osborne is still one of my favorite ex-teammates. Too bad it was only for a winter ball season.... I wish the BESTESTEST luck, the dude is a genuinely good guy.
   14. Brandon in MO (Yunitility Infielder) Posted: June 10, 2006 at 05:41 AM (#2058931)
Nomo should develop a knuckleball.
   15. Miko Supports Shane's Spam Habit Posted: June 10, 2006 at 07:00 AM (#2058962)
to cause New Yorkers to hope for the return of Internment Camps

Classy.
   16. catomi01 Posted: June 10, 2006 at 06:33 PM (#2059230)
we had donovan on Long Island a few seasons ago....like bradford said, always a great guy, and at that time, had enough of his stuff to fairly well dominate the Atlantic League for half a season (damning with faint praise I know....but it was enough to get him to the cards AAA team i believe)
   17. J. Cross Posted: June 10, 2006 at 06:51 PM (#2059252)
Is it possible to put up projections for these two players so long as we're all careful not to look at them before meals?
   18. Free Rob Base Posted: June 10, 2006 at 09:47 PM (#2059442)
Some team would be smart to give Matsui one AB next year.
   19. semajllibfonaf Posted: June 10, 2006 at 10:13 PM (#2059456)
What a bunch of dumb, "baseball is for hating" pricks write into these sorts of threads. By a funny book o' cheap shots and come up with something at least half a fat ass closer to being funny.

Outta here, and enjoy the exploding cigar, especially the Mets fans among you.
   20. Banta Posted: June 10, 2006 at 10:42 PM (#2059461)
What a bunch of dumb, "baseball is for hating" pricks write into these sorts of threads. By a funny book o' cheap shots and come up with something at least half a fat ass closer to being funny.

Outta here, and enjoy the exploding cigar, especially the Mets fans among you.


This person clearly didn't see Matsui play.
   21. Flynn Posted: June 10, 2006 at 10:48 PM (#2059467)
Classy.

I laughed at this. Whoooops.

You're Korean, right Miko?
   22. SouthSideRyan Posted: June 10, 2006 at 11:13 PM (#2059481)
Today's intro penned by Dennis Miller.
   23. bookbook Posted: June 11, 2006 at 12:15 AM (#2059507)
Miko's right, and right to speak out. For those of us who think there's such a thing as a line, evoking one of the U.S.'s greatest moral transgressions since slavery ended certainly crosses it. (Fortunately, we're sure to have some black players play awful baseball in the next few months so we can get that one in, too.)
   24. Banta Posted: June 11, 2006 at 01:33 AM (#2059546)
Miko's right, and right to speak out. For those of us who think there's such a thing as a line, evoking one of the U.S.'s greatest moral transgressions since slavery ended certainly crosses it.


Because not talking about it makes it like it didn't happen, right?
   25. rico vanian Posted: June 11, 2006 at 05:37 AM (#2059747)
Will Matsui have to convert to Christianity if he gets called up?

Baseball's Rockies seek revival on two levels
   26. Brandon in MO (Yunitility Infielder) Posted: June 11, 2006 at 05:41 AM (#2059750)
Yes, he'll take the name of Kevin Matthews.
   27. Raskolnikov Posted: June 11, 2006 at 05:56 PM (#2059909)
I agree with Miko and bookbook. I tend to be on the tolerant side when it comes to humor, but a comment about in Internment camps because Matsui happens to be Japanese was in poor taste, IMO. But we all make bad jokes without thinking at times, myself included.
   28. bookbook Posted: June 11, 2006 at 08:44 PM (#2060160)
+Because not talking about it makes it like it didn't happen, right?+

In this context, objecting to bad taste in a joke doesn't equate with censorship or refusal to discuss a painful episode of our past. Right?

#27's point is taken: bad jokes happen, they aren't any more than that.
   29. fables of the deconstruction Posted: June 11, 2006 at 09:25 PM (#2060247)
• I agree with Miko and bookbook. I tend to be on the tolerant side when it comes to humor, but a comment about in Internment camps because Matsui happens to be Japanese was in poor taste, IMO. But we all make bad jokes without thinking at times, myself included.

• #27's point is taken: bad jokes happen, they aren't any more than that.


Yeah, but where's the "moral outrage" when it's *not my group* that's being implicated. All humor and bad jokes are at the expense of someones' pain or suffering. May I remind EVERYONE that in a non-categorizing society or world, we would ALL consider ourselves Human Beings. In the end, that's the only classification that matters.

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trevise
   30. Kyle S Posted: June 11, 2006 at 11:17 PM (#2060437)
Garland is "awful"? Isn't this the same column that praised the extension he signed a few months ago?
   31. Raskolnikov Posted: June 11, 2006 at 11:17 PM (#2060439)
Yeah, but where's the "moral outrage" when it's *not my group* that's being implicated. All humor and bad jokes are at the expense of someones' pain or suffering. May I remind EVERYONE that in a non-categorizing society or world, we would ALL consider ourselves Human Beings. In the end, that's the only classification that matters.


But that's just not true, at least not in my experience of the world. We all identify ourselves with certain groups, whether by ethnicity or by team affiliation. Some comments are at a level of sensitivity that to use them in humor is simply bad taste, occasionally highly offensive. How to judge that is an art and subjective at some level, but it certainly is real. Much of humor may be at the expense of someone's pain or suffering, but comments about someone's pain or suffering isn't necessarily effective humor.
   32. Dan Szymborski Posted: June 11, 2006 at 11:30 PM (#2060455)
He's been awful this season.
   33. fables of the deconstruction Posted: June 11, 2006 at 11:51 PM (#2060481)
But that's just not true, at least not in my experience of the world. We all identify ourselves with certain groups, whether by ethnicity or by team affiliation. Some comments are at a level of sensitivity that to use them in humor is simply bad taste, occasionally highly offensive. How to judge that is an art and subjective at some level, but it certainly is real. Much of humor may be at the expense of someone's pain or suffering, but comments about someone's pain or suffering isn't necessarily effective humor.

ALL humor is about inadequacies that cause pain and suffering in varying degrees. The divisiveness of identifying ourselves into various territorial, religious, political, ethnic, and sexual affiliations have created an undeniable history of pogroms, wars and other assorted bloodsheds that, maybe, just maybe, we could overcome if we'd just realize that at the most basic level, WE ARE ALL HUMAN BEINGS...!

I'd prefer be considered a heretic rather than a hypocrite.

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trevise

postscript: My 'weekend' is at end. Back in two or three weeks.
   34. DCA Posted: June 16, 2006 at 11:15 PM (#2066367)
I agree with Miko and bookbook. I tend to be on the tolerant side when it comes to humor, but a comment about in Internment camps because Matsui happens to be Japanese was in poor taste, IMO. But we all make bad jokes without thinking at times, myself included.

I guess I disagree with Mike and bookbook. I'm Jewish, and I've laughed at Holocaust jokes, provided they're actually funny. Of course they were in poor taste, the best jokes are usually in poor taste and are often good *because* they are in poor taste. But then, making fun of ourselves and playing up our victimhood are pillars of the culture. I thought this was funny, though hardly a masterpiece, and it in no way advocated that internment camps were a good thing.
   35. Dan Szymborski Posted: June 17, 2006 at 06:00 AM (#2066790)
I thought this was funny, though hardly a masterpiece,

Upon reading it later, I actually feel it was kind of a weak joke.

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