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Encroachment time: King Kaufman on A-Rod
2006-07-24 09:27
by Bob Timmermann

Sorry for stepping on to Alex and Cliff's turf, but King Kaufman's column today (you have to watch a brief ad first) on the idiocy of the Yankees trading Alex Rodriguez is well worth reading because he just doesn't poke holes in ESPN's illustrious "Baseball Tonight" crew, he impales the talking heads with a pike staff.

That's right, future G.M.'s, listen and learn. The advice here is: Sell low.

John Kruk disagreed. That's how crazy the idea the Yanks "need" to trade A-Rod is -- an idea illustrated with video of Rodriguez this week becoming the youngest player ever to hit his 450th career home run. John Kruk is the voice of reason. That crazy.


Demonstrating the kind of oracular vision he demonstrated when trading for washed-up veterans Jeromy Burnitz, Roberto Alomar and Mo Vaughn as general manager of the New York Mets, [Steve] Phillips concluded, "His play won't come back, and he's not ever going to win over the fans in New York. I think it's time to move him before it's too late."

2006-07-24 09:52:08
1.   Jacob L
Kruk always sticks up for players. That's his m.o. Every once in a while, that's going to cause him to be right.
2006-07-24 10:03:13
2.   tjshere
Those last 3 paragraphs were brilliant.

Phillips would probably take it, which is what got him started in the TV business.


2006-07-24 10:13:40
3.   Shaun P
Bob, you've made this Yankees fan's day!
2006-07-24 10:20:39
4.   Bob Timmermann
From writing for Toaster, I've started to appreciate Yankee fans more.

And dislike Cardinals fans more.

2006-07-24 11:29:24
5.   Eric Enders
I think King Kaufman is the best baseball journalist around right now. Or at least he could give Alan Schwarz a run for his money.
2006-07-24 11:32:45
6.   Bob Timmermann
And Kaufman lives in ... St. Louis!

But he's more of a West Coast baseball guy.

2006-07-24 11:33:08
7.   Vishal
[1] the broken clock theory, eh?
2006-07-24 11:38:52
8.   Vishal
bob, i found a mistake in your "last guy to hit for the cycle" list. i left a comment there.
2006-07-24 11:45:46
9.   Bob Timmermann
Thanks, I fixed it. I eyeballed the list off of Retrosheet. I think that list was not up to date when I saw it.
2006-07-24 11:59:02
10.   Vishal
ahh, good ol' retrosheet. i thought it would be a really painstaking process if there wasn't a list already.
2006-07-24 12:00:07
11.   Sliced Bread
Kudos to King Kaufman.


That's "Anti-Alex Rodriguez Programming," and it's beyond old at this point.

2006-07-24 12:41:11
12.   Vishal
the use of AARP/beyond old was very clever, and i enjoyed it.
2006-07-24 13:03:34
13.   Claire Malone-Evans
According to my remote-viewing friend Tito; Mr. Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez will have 808 home runs when he retires in 2017.
2006-07-24 13:57:25
14.   Voxter
I'm sure the Mariners would be happy to offer up Adrian Beltre to get A-Rod back. Beltre clearly only plays well in massive markets, and A-Rod in teeny-weeny ones.
2006-07-24 18:41:53
15.   Yu-Hsing Chen
There's a good reason why Yankee fans joke them as NESPN...

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