Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Case Against Prince

I, like many others, have a soft spot for Prince Fielder.  Aside from his fabulous hitting skills, he comes across like a great big teddy bear and the kind of guy you would most definitely want on your poison– I mean, team of choice.

Which is why I would rather not make a case against Prince.  But with all this talk of a five thousand year deal, with $20 million plus per year, I feel the need to make this case.

First of all, in general, we all know to avoid deals like that at all costs.  But if someone comes up who really seems like they might bring balance to the Force, then it is occasionally okay to put out one of those massive contracts.

But to me, Prince Fielder just doesn’t seem like the kind of guy you want for all that time.  He’s an amazing ballplayer at this point but I think there’s definitely doubt as to how well his body type can hold up over a long period of time and when we’re talking eight to ten years, that’s something that should factor in, in a big way.

For the Rangers in particular, I don’t think Prince makes sense.  They’re already sitting on empty pockets, pretty much, and although Mitch Moreland has his doubters, I think he could make a perfectly sound first baseman and I think signing Josh Hamilton, injury-prone-ness and all, to a multi-year deal makes much more sense for me.

I wish Prince made sense with the Rangers, to me, because how fun would that be?  But I don’t think he does.  Texas does things big, we know that, but I still believe the emphasis should be (and is) on player development and scouting.  Darvish was a potential triumph, in that sense.  Although he is a semi-veteran and obviously cost loads of money, it also could symbolize success for the Rangers in their Japan scouting missions.    In essence, it goes along with what they’re trying to do, the system they’re trying to set up.

Prince Fielder?  Not so much.

Besides, I doubt he’d look that good in a cowboy hat.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  Battle of the Bowties!  Brauny and Dave Robertson at the BBWAA dinner a couple nights ago.  I’m saying Robertson wins this fashion faceoff because Ryan’s velvet suit is a little too greasy Vito Corleone for my taste, but what do you all think?

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For Those of You Who Thought That Baseball Had Turned All Scientific…

…check out this quote from a (very good) story on the Rangers website this afternoon, about their scouting and signing efforts in the east and Darvish in particular, of course.  Then check out this quote:

“It was co-owner Bob Simpson who decided on the specific $51.7 million bid. The Rangers officially made it $51,703,411. The 34 was Ryan’s jersey number. The 11 was Darvish’s number. The Rangers were hoping for a little luck with their bid.”

Baseball is scientific, say what?

They should just pull a Dodgers move and get a guru, too, if they’re needing a bit of luck.

In another note, the hair on this guy!

He may be replacing CJ in more than that rotation spot.  (coughBestHairCrowncough)

I mean, I might suggest that he add a little more red, rather than that orange, because it could compliment his skin tones more and he also needs to do something about that goatee, but… he’s definitely on the right track.

Not to mention that his suit at the presser was pretty great (let’s not talk about the potential, ahem, leaf on his t-shirt at the airport).  Maybe he’ll prove himself super fashionable!  My stoked-levels are just going up and up.

Photo from @andrewnadlervt on Twitter, because I am not that fast a screen-grabber.

Welcome to Texas, Darvish.  And if you ever need more suggestions for things to do ‘round there, just shoot me a singing telegram/hot air balloon/carrier pigeon.

‘K?  ‘K.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  That article I linked to at the beginning?  You should definitely read it.  There’s A.J. Preller love in it, my friends.  We love him too, over here at Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.  Which is a one-girl show.  So that is to say, I love him.  Over here.

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Belated Celebration Time!

So according to Wikipedia this is old news (as in, it happened on December 21st) but I only just heard it about it, so I’m celebrating now.  Better late than never, right?

Here’s the news:  Eugenio Velez is now a St. Louis Cardinal!

Confetti, please?

Thanks.

Now you know I can’t stand the Cardinals, especially after That Game That I Do Not Mention in last season’s World Series, but I reckon they’re a little higher on the list of Teams I Loathe than the Dodgers, so this is a step in the right direction.

I know that many (most?) Giants fans are not that… fond, shall we say, of Velez, but I am and I’m excited that he has another opportunity.  And I will defend him til the day I die about the whole dropped-ball-rain-thing.  If you are anti-Velez and feel in the mood to annoy yourself, you can read that post here.

Anyhow, however you feel about Eugenio, you’ve got to admit that Cardinal Red should suit his complexion rather nicely.  Better than blue or orange.  Progress, people.  Progress.

Diamond Girl

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Revealing the Real Reason Behind Sabean’s Splurges

I am now going to say something I don’t think I’ve been able to say all offseason.  So this is, like, history.  Ready?  Okay.  Here ‘tis:

There is lots to talk about!

I know, completely gasp-worthy.

But with the arbitration deadline looming, Spring Training sneaking closer and today being Official Obsess About Yu Darvish Day (that is, Darvish Signing Deadline Day) it’s actually true.

It would also probably explain why I am in a very smiley mood right this second.  People have actually quit talking about some madness they call “49ers” and are discussing our darling Giants.

Among a lot of people I have never heard of, some guy named Pablo Sandoval settled a three year extension with SF coming out to three years for $17.15 million as well as Nate Schierholtz and $1.3 million, Santiago Casilla at $2.2 million and Melky Cabrera at $6 million.

There was a study a while back that I am having no luck finding (probably because, yes, half the internet is blacked out and pretending to be censored) about how people spend more in the first few months of the year because they’re depressed by the cold weather and therefore reaching for their wallets for some impulse buys.

Let me tell you, we are having some seriously depressing weather in the Bay Area right now.  Blue Monday was two days ago.  It’s no wonder Sabes wants to do some retail therapy.

While he’s at it?  He should, for pity’s sake, give Timmy what he wants.

Okay, fine.  Just kidding.  (Not about Timmy, about the other stuff.)  I know he needed to sign these people.  And aside from Casilla who I am no way shape or form sold on, I’m pretty good with all of the deals.  There is, of course, the fact that the 2012 squad is liable to look a good deal like the 2011 squad, Andres Torres look-alike and possible act-alike (that is, Angel Pagan) in CF and all but it… could be worse than 2011, I suppose.

On the bright side, maybe the Diamondbacks will be terrible!

(Yes, I am being depressing.  I know.  Blame the weather, yo.)

As for Darvish, Jon Daniels announced that the Rangers and Yu have made a deal for six years, worth $60 million, and although JD basically looked like death warmed over (blame the late night negotiations, not the weather for that one) I was seriously stoked.  For one, that’s a lot of boxes of pasta/BMWs Darvish can buy, right there.  And also, I mean, there’s the little fact that the Rangers have a fabulous new pitcher for their rotation.  Which is kind of good news.  To brighten up the depressingness.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  In case you were left at the edge of your seat from my last post, I will put you out of your misery now and inform you that I am indeed boycotting the Golden Globes for the next hundred years.  Definitely.  Probably.  Maybe.  We’ll see, actually.  No matter what, Howard Shore is still God and still should have won.

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You Know, Yu Knows Plus Some Vaguely Out of Place Golden Globes Talk

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 is the deadline for the Rangers and Yu Darvish to come to a deal and it may be a historic day.  Or it may not, but either way, it should be interesting.  You know.  Yu knows.  Well, I don’t know if Yu knows yet but I’m sure he knows a little more than we all do because the Rangers have been characteristically mum about the negotiations.

At this point, I am seriously hoping they are able to work a contract out.  I’m getting excited about the idea of seeing Darvish pitch over here and I think it would make those Rangers a whole lot better as well.

If you are out there, Jon Daniels?  (Or even if you aren’t.)  Do us all a favor and sign Darvish.  If nothing else, we’ll get a season full of Yu jokes.

Then again, if it doesn’t work out with him and the Rangers, maybe they’ll be all the more motivated/have the funds to go after Prince.  I do rather like Mitch Moreland, but Prince in that lineup would be, as Josh Hamilton put it, “pretty ridiculous”.

Not to mention, they both have very good, late-night-joke worthy names.

All is well in Ranger-Land.

In movie award show land?  Not so much. 

I filled out my Golden Globes ballot for tonight and came to the regrettable conclusion that the only category I really care about the year is Best Soundtrack, which has to go to Howard Shore forHugo or I will boycott for the next hundred or so years.

Speaking of Things Which Should Not Win: Moneyball.  Which took a perfectly solid concept and put Brad Pitt (‘nuff said) in it and confused everything about it that was simple.  And made itself an instant member of the Atrocious Baseball Movie Hall of Fame.  You know I couldn’t stand it.  I’ve said that before.  But with the award season here, my feverous feelings have come right back up.

Then there is the ultimate, existential question: who is better looking?

If it wins anything tonight, I will… yep, you guessed it.  Boycott.

At this rate, it seems alarmingly likely that I will be boycotting this show in future years.

Let’s just say it’s been a rather unfortunate year in film.

2012 has got to be better.  What with The Hobbit and… The Hobbit.  And The Hobbit.

Can you tell I’m a little bit excited?

Maybe Elijah Wood will show up in another green velvet suit tonight and make my viewing time worth it.  A girl can dream.

Diamond Girl

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