Not since Andre Dawson has a guy from a terrible team won the MVP…but won it he did.

3 Sox players (Ortiz, Manny, Nomar) in the top 7, all 3 garnering first place votes. 10 players got at least 1 of the 28 available first place votes. story

Henry on Economics

From Edes’ sunday column:

Ask Sox owner John W. Henry for his thoughts on the economic landscape in baseball, and you will not get a sound bite in return. This was Henry’s response:

“It looks as if it was hard to make deals with everyone trying to unload contracts on one another. `Here, if you take this one we’ll also give you . . .’

“The current economic landscape you reference seems to be a desert. Will that continue? There are certain to be a few oases. If everyone is seeking flexibility — and maybe not everyone is right now — it’s exactly what you would expect after the salary-inflation bubble burst. People want to unload the contracts that were signed when GMs and team owners labored under the belief that player salaries and franchise values could never go down. That’s what happens at the end of every bubble. `This particular market cannot go down. We have to pay more now because it will only get more expensive.’

“This offseason, in the aftermath of the bubble, you have most people saying `Whoops.’ Nothing in what is happening is strange if you have even the slightest understanding of how markets work. There has never been a bull market in history in any sector, in any country that was not followed by a bear market with repercussions.

“Diamonds went up every year for decades (1980: `The DeBeers Cartel is so strong diamonds cannot go down’). Farmland, Toyko real estate increased steadily for decades (1975: `They’re not making any more land’). Bonds declined for 40 years (1982: `Who in their right mind would buy bonds?’). Stocks in real (inflation-adjusted) dollars fell for decades. And they all reversed mightily. Stocks finally went straight up, for what, 17 years? Diamonds went down. Land that soared into bubbles fell. Bonds rallied beyond anything seen in history.

“So player salary inflation went through the roof (very analogous to the way Tokyo real estate soared before it crashed). Now it is coming back to earth. There is nothing strange, nothing unnatural about that, but whenever a peak is reached in any market no one believes it for quite a while. Most people continue to think for some time it will make new highs in short order. Markets don’t work that way, however. Trees don’t grow to sky and keep growing. Revenues only support a certain payroll. Deficit spending for individual businesses in general stops when debt levels reach a certain proportion of equity.

“And what if owners, like players, began to demand a return from baseball as opposed to losses? That probably doesn’t matter though, because at some level of debt their bankers are going to demand enough return to service the debt and pay-down principal. How many team owners have received World Series rings in return for their mountains of debt? I may be overstating the case presently, but not by much. It’s still early in process of returning sanity to the economics of the game. People won’t forever hang on to the bubble myths of 1999-2000 such as `The economics of baseball will never make sense.’ “

Discuss amongst yourselves.

Yanks get Schilling?

From a SoSH poster listening to the radio:

It has just been speculated on WFAN out of NEW YORK that a Three-way deal is all but done.

Arizona gets: Ritchie Sexson and Alfonso Soriano

Milwaukee gets : Nick Johnson and Juior Spivey

THe Yankees get : Curt Schilling and Geoff Jenkins

Supposedly this deal has been agreed apon in pricipal with the sticking point being Schillings final decision to leave Arizona. If the Schilling part of the deal falls through Sexson will still end up in Arizona by the end of the week. This deal was in a update this afternoon. The source is Yankee correspondant Sweeney Murtie

I hope this is true. This is a TERRIBLE deal.

EDIT: More from said poster (at the end of this link)

Heres a litle more on the scoop: to paraphrase a bit of the conversation. Mr. Steinbrenner has basically taken it upon himself to emulate the Yankee teams that actaully won the World Series. He is looking for pieces that fit into the puzzle and if it means losing young talent so be it. He is absolutely ethralled by Schilling and sees him as a perfect Clemens replica. A lot of members in the Yanks Org have said that Steinbrenner really played his cards quickly on this deal and that Arizona basically is having thier way with the Yanks. Infact If the deal were a straight deal between Arizona and New York , New York would have needed to give up more than just Soriano and Johnson and return they would have had to take back Mantei also. Today wasn’t the first time I heard this as Richard Neer mentioned it last night too , that Schilling has now become an enfatuation of Steinbrenner. Supposedly barring injury Steinbrenner was trying to acquire a Paul O’neil type with Geoff Jenkins ( although I don’t see Jenkins as that type of player). This is not just a Sox fan talking , but what it is sounding like is the wheels are really coming off the wagon. They may set themselves up nicely , but they are really selling themselves short for the futrure and they have already depleated the farm system greatly. The next aquistion will be a prototypical leadoff hitter , although it is being speculated that Jeter might have to swallow that role.

I can’t find confirmation anywhere else, but I’m looking.

Maddon interviewed, O’Connell speaks

Granted, I don’t know jack. I wasn’t there from the interview. And what I’m reading is a written account of statements. But from gut instinct, I’d have to put Maddon on the bottom of my list thus far. In my opinion, he doesn’t come across as well as the other two interviewed thus far. This, to me, seems like rambling:

“It intimidates anybody,” Maddon said. “Anybody who says it didn’t would be a liar. It’s a very ominous situation. It’s something that I don’t think you can walk into and feel totally comfortable. You have to grow into. You have to get there, feel the pulse, feel what’s going on and understand it. I have somewhat of an understanding from going in and out of town [with the Angels]. But it’s an intimidating job. It’s a big job.” HEUSCHKEL

The Courant’s Jack O’Connell is the secretary-treasurer of the Basball Writers of America. Today he pens an article on the AL ROY controversy.

This was bound to happen. That two writers held Hideki Matsui’s extensive background in the Japanese Leagues against him in casting their votes for American League Rookie of the Year was a regrettable yet inevitable aspect of this year’s election.

The article is a good read.

Read below if you are a ‘Dunces’ fan…
So I decided last night to give the book one last shot. Then I read this passage:

Bouncing up and down on his side vigorously, Ignatius sensed a belch rising in his throat, but when he expectantly opened his mouth he emitted only a small burp. Still

Will you look at all these rumors surroundinG?? me every day

I just need some time, some time to get away…

Anybody remember that song?

So we have a few hot stove rumors. Seems the AP has now picked up on this 3 team trade talk that would send Nomar to the Angels, Eckstein and pitchers to the Rangers, and ARod to Boston.

Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Too bad it ain’t gonna happen. Instead of Newsday with ‘an anonymous source’, here’s the skinny:

The denials came fast and furious. Sox GM Theo Epstein said he wouldn’t talk about another club’s player, but two club sources said no such talks had taken place. An American League executive with direct knowledge of the Angels’ plans also denied such talks had taken place, and said that the Angels would like to hold onto Eckstein and that their top priority remains a premium starting pitcher.

And John Hart, general manager of the team that currently employs A-Rod, was the most emphatic.

“We have the player, we like the player, and we’re going to retain the player,” Hart told a small cluster of reporters. “I don’t want this to be the Alex Rodriguez watch here as we go along, because that’s simply not the case.” EDES

In all honesty, that deal is too good for the Sox. It almost isn’t fair. Don’t give me this BS about salary and payroll…They have the money and they’ll spend it if they need to. We’ve already seen the Manny talk get out of hand, even though the actual annual value on the rest of his contract averages $14-15 million a year, not the widely reported $20. But nobody talks about the money that is deferred until after 2010.

As for the manager watch, Joe Maddon gets interviewed this afternoon. Might they be done with interviews after these 3?

“It’s no great secret we’re really happy with some of our candidates so far,” said Epstein.

Sad story

Former Sox farmhand Dernell Stenson was murdered yesterday in Arizona. Looks like he was doing well in the Arizona Fall League, and may have had a chance to play for the Reds in 2004.

Terry Francona interviewed yesterday. Once again, the interviewee gives a press conference while Theo and company sit silently. Think this is part of the process? Checking to see how they handle the media?

Click below if you have started reading the book. Got through chapter 1 last night.

I hope something happens to make me start enjoying it. So far, I’m not to impressed.

This guy is Ricky from Better Off Dead.


Due to the fact that spammers are now targeting my comments to up their Google hits (putting in comments to posts from months ago to advertise their wares), you will now be required to enter in a name and email address when posting a comment. Sorry about the hassle…

Three for this week…

First Hoffman, today Terry Francona, later this week Bud Black.’s Mike Timlin looks like he wants to stay:

He may be a free agent, but Mike Timlin, one of the most dependable arms in Boston’s often-erratic bullpen last season, appears likely to return next year. Though teams lose exclusive negotiating rights with their free agents Monday, Timlin is so intent on staying with the Sox that he asked his agent, David Sloane, to offer his services to the highest bidder only if Sloane is unable to strike a reasonable deal with Epstein. GLOBE

Walker wants to stay, but may be too pricey:

“They know there’s no secret I want to play for the Red Sox,” Walker said recently. “They can do whatever they want to do in terms of signing players, and the team would survive without me. But I’m a big fan and big believer in Theo. Hopefully, it comes about.”

Burkett is waiting by the phone:

John Burkett, also a free agent, said Epstein told him he would call him, but the righthander is not expecting encouraging news. “I don’t think he’ll be calling to offer me a raise,” said Burkett, who went 12-9 with a 5.15 ERA in the final season of his two-year, $11 million contract. “It will probably be more like, `Goodbye, and we appreciate everything you’ve done.’ ” Burkett, who turns 39 Nov. 28, plans to test the market before deciding whether to retire. “My experience there was fantastic,” he said of Boston. “I will never play in a place better, I can tell you that.”

We’ll call you, John. We promise.

One down…

How many to go?

Glenn Hoffman interviewed yesterday, and really didn’t have anything monumental to say after the process was over.

“I thought today went very well,” he said. “I’ll tell you one thing, the organization seems like it’s in very good hands.”

That’s about it. Unless you are thrilled about the story of how they stopped the bus when he was in A ball so Pedro Martinez could see snow for the first time.

I guess I missed the end of a great Pats game last night…I couldn’t stay awake past the first series in the third quarter. After reading what happened, I wish I had been able to stay up…

Apparantly Bud Black interviews this week.