Against my better judgement, I am going to give Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton the Fire Joe Morgan
treatment. I'm trying to convince myself that it's NOT a waste of time. But like you, I know that it is.
Hacksaw is terrible. And since he has been given a platform
he needs to get called on it.And all this started when the incoming owner, Jeff Moorad, moved Jake Peavy two summers ago to the White Sox for... guess again, more kids.
Jake Peavy was actually moved for a bag of balls, an Italian beef sandwich, an ex-QB from the University of Michigan, three warm bodies, and a ridiculous agreement by the Chicago White Sox to assume a gazillion dollar contract for an undersized power pitcher with a history of injuries
Isn't this one of the things for which we should be thanking Jeff Moorad?
When will there be some type of reward for long suffering fans, who have now seen six losing seasons in the last nine campaigns?
Math. Let's do math. Six losing seasons in the last nine campaigns? When I read this it just didn't compute so you know what I did? Like all good Mathematicians, I used my fingers! Go with it!RIGHT HAND
Thumb: 2011: Losing season
Pointer: 2010: Winning season
Middle: 2009: Losing season
Ring: 2008: Losing season
Pinkie: 2007: Winning seasonLEFT HAND
Thumb: 2006: Winning season
Pointer: 2005: Winning season
Middle: 2004: Winning season
Ring: 2003: Losing season
That was fun. (don't believe my fingers? go here
OK. Firstly: when you're talking about "the number of winning seasons"
in the last "x number of seasons"
you go back to the last winning season in the string of years, which would be 2004. PETCO Park also opened in 2004, so really, Saw should have been speaking about 8 campaigns rather than 9.
What about Saw's math?
Have the Padres only had 3 winning seasons in the last 9? Let's go back to our fingers.
According to my fingers the Padres have had 5 winning seasons in their last 9 campaigns. Or 5 out of 8 in PETCO Park, which isn't too bad considering how angry the fan-base has been.Miller Park debuted in Milwaukee, which led to a spending spree and playoff appearances.
Miller Park opened in 2001. The Brewers
rewarded their fans with 4 consecutive losing seasons, 1 .500 season, and then another losing season before they won the Wild Card in 2008. In three of those losing seasons they finished dead last in the NL Central. And with 6 teams vying for a championship in the NL Central, this is where last place truly means something!
What about the Brewers' payroll during those initial years after the opening of Miller Park?Here it goes:
(2000: 23rd) (2001: 23rd) (2002: 21st) (2003: 28th) (2004: 30th) (2005: 27th) (2006: 24th) (2007: 19th) (2008: 15th) (2009: 17th) (2010: 18th) (2011: 17th)
The ballpark didn't really lead to increased payroll for Milwaukee. Maybe if Saw took the time to research he could have used Milwaukee as a timeline model for how a new park can eventually
lead a small market team to a payroll in the top 50% of the league. Or Almost
the top 50% of the league.Leaving too were 14-game winner Aaron Harang, and back of the rotation starter Wade LeBlanc.
Lamenting the loss of Wade LeBlanc? I'll stop now.From all of the past trades, San Diego wound up with 9 young players and three additional draft picks, but you won't see any of them at Petco Park from your box seats this summer.
Nine young players, huh? None of them in PETCO this summer? I don't even know who Saw is talking about here. The paragraph begins by talking about off-season moves and then he jumps to past trades. Is he including the warm bodies from the Peavy trade? There were 3 prospects from the Latos trade, 2 from Adams, 3 from Gonzalez. That doesn't add up to 9. Crap. This is vexing.
We know Alonso or Rizzo will be in San Diego. Rumor has it that we'll likely see Erlin, Wieland and Boxberger by summer. Maybe Casey Kelly, but more likely 2013. What was Hacksaw saying?Alarming is the reality Moorad does not have the money to really own this.
Finally. A salient point. It took a while but Hacksaw made one (and I don't think he actually meant to do it)
Please don't allow the above 14 words to con you into reading the article. Just go to IKEA and do some shopping.