Random Tidbits 11-12-07
Anything designed in the mid-80's that is used for baseball was a horrific disaster. The Orioles home was the beginning of state of the art baseball venues and they broke ground in 1989. Unfortunately, Tropicana Field was not meant solely for baseball and they need something better. Also, I love the new ownership's desire to make them a regional team. Most teams are limited to rather close surrounding areas for the most part, but they are trying to capture a much larger area the way Red Sox have all of New England. Can they do it? Probably not, but I give them an 'A' for effort. I doubt they will ever be a powerhouse in regards to media revenue, but they should certainly be able to pack in their proposed 35,000 seat stadium with some winning teams.
If you have not seen Into the Wild yet, do it. It was a solid offering and Eddie Vedder did a great job on the soundtrack.
Bon Iver's album For Emma, Forever Ago kicks so much ass I have trouble describing how much ass it kicks. Bon Iver dishes out some insanely good folk music that even the kids will enjoy. Skinny Love and For Emma are two of my favorites, but the entire album is just amazing. It is truly one of my more favorite albums in recent years.
A Yankees package of Melky Cabrera, Phil Hughes and a prospect might not get it done for Santana, agreed a second major-league official. The Twins already have a plethora of young pitching, so their focus is on offense.
Cabrera, while defensively solid the last two years, put up a below-average .327 on-base percentage and .391 slugging percentage in 2007, his most complete big-league season.
Yes! Finally some sanity. Cabrera is nothing special and if he was, Hughes and him would have probably gotten it done. However, the Twins need hitting. If they trade Johan and do not get any productive bats back, the trade would be just about pointless and would make draft picks more valuable. Cano is a better start to a package as the article states, but they would certainly need more.
If they trade Santana for a bunch of solid players like Cano, Kennedy, and a lower level guy with upside, Garza to the Mets (fingers crossed) for Gomez, and Nathan for some more solid players, they would be rather well positioned for the future, no?
Look, having those guys would be fun, but this is not some alternate reality where money has no bearing. Simply stated, that would be impossible for the Mets to field a competitive team in the long term without seriously hemorrhaging money and please keep that "but this is New York" bullshit to yourself. That is going to be 30% to 40% of the Mets payroll for a looooong time and the team magically gets older in the process. That is a perfect recipe to become the aging Yankees of '01 through '06.
He does redeem himself by targeting a more realistic player for a better plan in Dan Haren.