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Something is rotten with Cha (Cha) Seung Baek startin’

Who is this guy? And why?

Better yet, how does he keep getting the ball in Major League Baseball games?
OK, sure, he had a great outing the other day at Petco Park, lowering his home ERA from seven to six.
Hoorah. Nothing says great talent like a six ERA in the pitcher friendliest park in baseball. At least, he’s in single digits. For now.
Give Baek this much. He is not pitching to his 4-9 record. He’s pitching WORSE. Much much worse,
Mind-blowing. And he sucked with the Mariners before they waived him.
The thing about Baek is his stuff ain’t. By that I mean, he doesn’t even look good out there.
So again, why why why why why why why??? Please die.
The Korean Mafia. That’s it, Tommy Finagle-John Lovitz Breath. The only possible explanation is the KM got to KT, Kevin Towers, and BB, Bud Black.
Made them an offer they couldn’t refuse.
It must be true. Otherwise, there is no rational explanation for trotting this sorry excuse of a loser out there every fifth day.
Cha Cha Seung Baek must be stopped before he destroys the entire village. Oh wait, that’s King Kong.
Never mind.
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Considering the ‘official scorer’

Although, referring to the previous post, the Sabathia Si Si o No’ no’ of a hitter does call attention to the wonderfully wacky world of the official scorer, so-called.

Hits, errors, stats, have become an important part of the baseball culture. Furthermore, player contracts are affected by scorers’ decisions. Don’t even consider fans, fantasy leagues, all that stuff.
It’s kind of amazing the official scorer position is left to the individual teams to fill. Talk about inviting all sorts of abuses, from the individual scorer having no oversight to overt or subtle local pressures.
Make the official scorer a MLB employee, similar to umpires. They can be set up in an uniform structure, apples and apples, trained to score the games accurately and professionally with proper oversight.
OK, do it already!

Don’t look now, but yonder come the Rockies

That’s correct, Larry Walker breath. Since the DBacks and Dodgeroos have sucked so much, the door has blown wide open for last year’s 35 million wins in a row NL champs.

Oops.
The Rockolas have good pitching, even if it’s been inconsistent. They have great hitting and good defense.
And now they’re hot hot hot while the rest of the NL West is the usual crudaicious slop.
It’s not even September. They’re six games back and charging fast.
We  shall see, but the smart money now rides on the Rocks rocking on…

Barry Bonds and why not the…Rays? (Also, an Olympic  moment).

Let’s put the devil back into the rays.

At this point, the Bonds baggage actually can be a good thing. Really.
The Rays need a power left-handed bat. Bonds can DH.
The steroid stuff is so tired and old. We all know he’s going to prison for perjury next year. So, he has six weeks to help a cinderella team win the pennant.
It’s all good PR. And Bonds can help the Rays.
Since the steroids are a given and we know he has to be clean, the controversy on this point is moot. Barry is at St. Pete to play ball and win the pennant so who can doubt that each day the focus wll be on the team and the win, not so much on Bonds. And since everyone knows the baggage situation, nobody is going to care all that much. And if Bonds does deflect some attention, that’s good too, since it takes media glare off other players who can relax and play loose.
It’s surprising this hasn’t taken place as of Aug. 15.
I predict it will happen…
(And speaking of which in a strange paradoxical thought pattern that popped just in my brain now: What about Dale Berra?)
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Olympics Aside


The U.S. baseball team really choked against South Korea the other day — or was it night.
They rebounded against the Dutch, ha-ha.
Davey Johnson looked sick to his stomach in the Korea loss and with good reason. Surely, these guys can respond better to pressure. Unfortunately not, as they did a redux against Cuba the other night/day.
Can you say sayonara? The Japanese team is loaded with top pros and the Cubans are the Cubans, despite half their real team now playing in the U.S. 
But who cares, I got a badminton match to watch. What’s the birdie over/under on Malaysia-Sri Lanka?

LUCK AND LIES: The Padres suck and will continue to do so into the forseeable future

Turn over the Padres they are done. And by done I mean really, really well-done like that stinky hunk of blood-red meat you need to stop eating immediately or die from coronary or related disease

The heady barely surpassing mediocrity lifestyle that was an 85-win-in-a-crappy-division and get bounced out of the playoffs in three games days are ended. Sadly.
Luck and lies. Each has caught up with the team that actually had something in 1998 and probably won’t have anything until 2013 at the earliest.
As they say at the old school essay competition, compare and contrast.
LIES:
1. Our farm system is much better than people give us credit for:
       So bogus. For the last decade, the Padres have had one of the worst farm systems in baseball. Everybody knew it. Turnover was a problem. They kept hiring and firing key scouting personnel and management. Instructional framework was bizarre. Furthermore, the drafts were terrible. Hardly any Padres draft picks have made it to the majors. The Matt Bush syndrome rules. Try to get prospects on the cheap and see what happens. The Padres have had no international presence. It’s a disaster and as we all know — thank you Branch Rickey — the farm system, and development process is the key building block to a succsessful franchise.
2. We will spend what it takes to compete in the middle market bracket:
      Never true. John Moore has penny-pinched for years. Finances are a problem, always have been. My Rancho Santa Fe neighbor borrowed and spent $80 million to buy the club. It is his main — I would say sole, but let’s not get technical — financial resource, income and economic vehicle. So, he’s always looked to save each hay-penny. And that lovely new government issued downtown stadium to draw fans and all notwithstanding, the situation just went from bad to beyond worse. Tammy Wynette breath anybody: D-I-V-O-R-C-E. Yes, once again marital affairs have risen to strike the Friars. Moore’s divorce with his (soon-to-be) ex-wife in community propertyland has meant they need to do something about the franchise. Divide it down the middle Solomon (not Torres, the real one) fans? Not likely. The Padres are the Moores’ main asset and surprise, surprise, the divorce is right out of War of the Roses; not ye olde jolly English kind, but the Danny Devito-Kathleen Turner-Michael Douglas fight-a-thon. This will take maybe years to sort out. Don’t be surprised to see this team for sale within the year. Who knows when financial solvency will return?

3. Our players are good:
      Not really. Team officials always have hyped their players. This tired smoke finally has engulfed their lies. Adrian Gonzales, Jake Peavy and many, many question marks, some of them with exclamation points, that’s all folks. A lot of Triple A-Plus talent. No pitching. Other dumb stuff like giving Jim Edmonds a big contract and then just cutting him. Huh? And now L’affaire Giles. Talk about over-rated at this point. Padres officials even had the temerity to say they kept naked beer-swiggling man around because he was such a good influence on the other players. Huh-Huh-Huh? And they were going to pay him $9 million? Come on. Then, Giles vetoes a trade that would have given him his only World Series opportunity ever not to mention millions of dollars and free agency in two months, and blames people for leaking his name in trade rumors. He has LOSER written all over him. But I digress.

Now, let us turn our attention to LUCK,
It’s plumb run out for this tired excuse — and by excuse, I mean lots and lots of excuses, more excuses than Maxwell Smart on a good day — of a team. Officials have answers for everything, but the fact is the NL West has been a mediocrity for years and the Padres were lucky to squeak out enough wins to win a few division crowns. They got lucky for several years with bargain basement relievers who blossomed. This luck ran out as most clubs got savvy in their middle relief conceptions and started paying the best of this bunch a little more money than the stngy Padres, always looking to get help on the cheap. Now, the Pads are left with dregs, no help forthcoming from the minors and nothing else in the cupboard either. Since relief pitching was their stregnth and they are just about last in any offensive category, 
HELLO!
All good things must come to an end? The Padres 21st Century version haven’t even been that good. But they sure have come to their end.

Barry Bonds and why not the Gigantes?

Barry Bonds has pretty much given up for this season. Next season he will be unavailable, of course, due to legal obligations with the San Quentin Nine.

That was the lesson I took from his cameo appearance at Corporate Logo Park in The City. Maybe, he thought his presence might spark some interest.
The reception was amazing. It was quite the Bizarro World experience. Even more amazing in some kind of anti-karma wonderland, the Gigantes have come from behind in the bottom of the 9th Inning (or 10th inning Saturday) and won both game since the chimerical Bonds sighting.
Which begs this question. Since Bonds is available and the only place he can go and not be a pariah is San Francisco and since he has no contract and can sign a contract for the minimum…
Is it not obvious? 

TEMPORARY UPDATE ANOUNCEMENT — AT THE PARK

HI GUYS,

I’VE BEEN A BIT REMISS IN  POSTING. IT’S BEEN DUE TO REAL WORLD DEALINGS, BUT BELIEVE ME, I’VE GOT A TON OF MATERIAL WAITING TO GO, SO PLEASE BE PATIENT.
HOWEVER, TODAY, THURSDAY, MAY 29, I MAKE MY ANNUAL PILGRA-DAMAGE TO AN MLB SITE. I WILL HAVE A LOT TO SAY ABOUT THIS.
So, see ya at the park!!! And see ya at the blog later today and tomorrow.
Sincerely,
Dan Weisman, BI