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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Daily Herald: Orlando Cabrera says don’t be fazed by his age

Fazers on stunned…

Orlando Cabrera turned up his hearing aid, wheeled his chair over to the telephone and participated in a conference call with the Chicago media Tuesday. He is, after all, the aging shortstop the White Sox acquired Monday in the trade that sent starting pitcher Jon Garland to the Los Angeles Angels.

Even from his off-season home in distant Catragena, Colombia, the 33-year-old Cabrera seemed to sense a swelling concern about his age a day after the deal.

“I really believe, if we talk about numbers, every year I keep getting better and better,’’ said Cabrera, an 11-year veteran. “Age is not an issue. Alex Rodriguez is 32 and no one is concerned about his age. And he just got a 10-year contract.

“I’m comfortable with the way I work my body, and this is just a start. I’m going to have different years in my career, and they are all going to be good.’‘

Repoz Posted: November 21, 2007 at 05:21 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Honkie Kong Posted: November 21, 2007 at 05:30 PM (#2622740)
Age is not an issue. Alex Rodriguez is 32 and no one is concerned about his age. And he just got a 10-year contract.

I think I am at the point of spotting the flaw in this argument
   2. mlbfan303 Posted: November 21, 2007 at 05:39 PM (#2622750)
Arod is so much better than Cabrera... it's insulting for Arod he made this statement.
   3. Stan Papi Posted: November 21, 2007 at 05:57 PM (#2622764)
Cabrera went on to point out that "you are only as old as the girls you date..."
   4. Sam M. Posted: November 21, 2007 at 06:02 PM (#2622771)
Cabrera went on to point out that "you are only as old as the girls you date..."

Paulie LoDuca says, "Dude . . . ."
   5. More Dewey is Always Good Posted: November 21, 2007 at 06:11 PM (#2622778)
I was out of touch when this trade happened, so I suppose now is as good a time as any to post -

Cabrera's age isn't really an issue for the Sox unless they give him a long-term extension. I'll be very upset if Cabrera is still on the White Sox in 2010, but for now, I'm pretty much "meh" on this trade. Cabrera's not as much of an upgrade on Uribe as a lot of people think, but I'd much rather see him than David Eckstein next year.

I was hoping that the Sox would get youth in exchange for Garland, but I knew that wasn't happening. Williams' strategy is clearly to keep a semblance of a contending team together (to keep butts in seats) from year to year, and in the meantime work on drafting better and re-building the minor-league system. He's not going to punt a season, no matter hoe much sense it may make from a baseball perspective.
   6. covelli chris p Posted: November 21, 2007 at 06:22 PM (#2622788)
Cabrera went on to point out that "you are only as old as the girls you date..."

So that's why nobody gives Roberto Petagine a chance!
   7. SouthSideRyan Posted: November 21, 2007 at 08:43 PM (#2622964)
Cabrera went on to point out that "you are only as old as the girls you date..."


Clock is ticking on Danny Almonte's career.
   8. Russ Posted: November 21, 2007 at 08:50 PM (#2622974)
So that's why nobody gives Roberto Petagine a chance!


The fact that someone can make a joke like this says more about the awesomeness of BTF than any steroid or Rose thread. To think that someone could actually make a joke about the age of the wife of a player that more than 99% of people who would identify themselves as baseball "fans" have never heard of and that a lot of people would understand it... that's just utter insanity.
   9. The District Attorney Posted: November 21, 2007 at 08:54 PM (#2622980)
The fact that someone can make a joke like this says more about the awesomeness of BTF than any steroid or Rose thread.
Talk about your backhanded compliments.
   10. Jimmy P Posted: November 22, 2007 at 01:24 AM (#2623121)
I'm pretty much "meh" on this trade. Cabrera's not as much of an upgrade on Uribe as a lot of people think, but I'd much rather see him than David Eckstein next year.

I think this trade sucks. And, it's not because Cabrera's a bad player or an upgrade or downgrade from Uribe. It's because the Sox just traded their most marketable asset, and they didn't fix a hole. They still have the exact same holes they had before they made the trade, and that is a bad move any way you cut it. If you trade away a key player, and you don't fix or improve at all, you lose the trade. That they still have glaring holes in CF and LF is damning.
   11. CWS Keith plans to [omitted] at [omitted] Posted: November 22, 2007 at 01:31 AM (#2623126)
If you trade away a key player, and you don't fix or improve at all, you lose the trade.

How is Cabrera not an upgrade over Uribe? He's going to have an OBP anywhere from 30 to 50 points higher next year, and based on the metrics as well as the impressions of (respected) fans, their defense seems to be similarly above average.

I could see someone argue that the degree of improvement wasn't worth Garland, but you're not looking at things objectively if you don't think Cabrera is an upgrade over Uribe.
   12. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: November 22, 2007 at 01:57 AM (#2623129)
“Age is not an issue. Alex Rodriguez is 32 and no one is concerned about his age. And he just got a 10-year contract.

Sir, I rooted for Alex Rodriguez. I watched Alex Rodriguez. Alex Rodriguez was an idol of mine. Sir, you're no Alex Rodriguez.
   13. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: November 22, 2007 at 05:34 AM (#2623206)
Isn't the saying actually "you're only as old as the one you feel"?

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