Monday, December 06, 2010

On Billy Martin, MSU, Werth and Lions' record

Count me among those who feel strongly Billy Martin should be in baseball's Hall of Fame as a manager. His overall record was considerably above .500. He went to the postseason with four different organizations before there was a wildcard system. He did win a couple pennants and a world title.

As importantly, he was a character whose impact on the game was significant. By every definition, he belong the Hall of Fame as far as i'm concerned.



Random Thoughts



- It's the true. The Michigan State-Alabama matchup is a good one. But it still isn't Pasadena. I still think the Spartans are getting jobbed because they beat Wisconsin head-to-head. By the way, I do think Wisconsin will expose TCU in the Rose Bowl. And yes, I'd be surprised if MSU beats Alabama.

- I don't see how Jayson Werth is going to draw fans to Washington or turn the Nationals into contenders. Could be a decision both parties regret, and quickly.

- Other than the Vikings in the season finale every other team remaining on the Lions' schedule has a .500 or better record. I'd say it's about a 50-50 proposition they will finish 2-14 again. There is no way that can be considered progress, can it?

7 Comments:

Blogger Core Contrarian said...

As a manager of the Rangers, Billy also survived Ten Cent Beer Night in Cleveland.

That has to count for something.

2:40 PM 
Anonymous Michael C said...

I agree that the Nationals are going to regret that deal sooner or later, but Werth?! He has 126 million reasons to be quite happy with his decision ...

I also think the Lions have shown improvement this year, despite their awful record. They've been outscored by less than 30 points this year, while last year they were outscored by 242 points ... That's a HUGE differential between the two years. Whether it's enough of an improvement is open for debate, but it's still an improvement. They're much more competitive this year, even without their starting QB.

12:07 PM 
Blogger Barry said...

Pat, Werth's contract is a bad one, not because he not a good player. The question is will he be a good player 5 years from now. Glad the Tigers didn't get him.

1:46 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Core Contrarian,
He did a good job with Rangers. Brought to contention.
Caputo

12:04 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Michael C,
True enough about the money, but for a player used to contention, he might find himself struggling for motivation. Agreed about Lions improvement, but needs to show in record. Another ridiculous season.
Caputo

12:05 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Barry,
Those type of long term deals often fail. Think they are better off with Martinez and finding another corner outfielder.
Caputo

12:06 PM 
Blogger Barry said...

Pat, what do you think of resigning MThames as your DH against Left handers? He would certainly would protect Miggy against lefties. He used to not playing the field or against righties. That way Tigers can still develop Raburn, Wells and Boesch to if they can make or not. Those three do have good range.

12:34 PM 

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