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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Bob Smizik must have a mental condition

The man never ceases to amaze me. Unlike counterpart Ron Cook, who has managed to turn out a couple of decent articles lately, Smizik continues to flap his head like he knows what he's talking about. Today's issue for Smizik: Why are people worried about the trade deadline when we're winning games? .....He then goes on to write an entire article about our trade situations. Wait, Bob, I thought we WEREN'T supposed to focus on the trade deadline? It's funny, because your article makes no mention of our winning streak, which is allegedly what we WERE supposed to be thinking of. I'm confused.

But wait, there's more. Smizik talks in depth about how we shouldn't trade at the deadline but instead wait until the end of the season. While he may have a point in that some teams will be more likely to be in the market once the offseason hits, the rest of what he's trying to say is the biggest load of crap I've read in a while. His main point: There are no good players available at the deadline, so why try to trade for one? His examples of how there are no good players available? The Aramis Ramirez trade, the Benson trade, and the Suppan trade. Now I'll grant that Suppan wasn't exactly a star, but we did get Freddy Sanchez back for him and that seems to be working out fairly well right now.

Ramirez isn't a star? Ramirez, who's OPS is sitting near .900, who put up 36 HRs and 103 RBIs last year isn't a decent player to pick up mid-year? He's not exactly a superstar or anything, but I wouldn't hesitate to pick up somebody with his bat at the deadline. Also, we got Bobby Hill for him, and Hill has the potential to turn into a solid player if he could ever get some playing time. No, Hill isn't as good as Ramirez, and no, he'll never be a big star. But he's a decent pickup, especially for a team that needs guys who can get hits and get on base. As for the Benson trade, a lot of people were projecting for him to have a great year this year. Again, he's not a superstar, but he's a very solid contributor for teams that are in need of solid starting pitchers.

So what's your point, Bob? There's no talent available at the trade deadline? Maybe you meant to say that we're the source of all the available talent at the deadline? It's not the market's fault that we got players like Ty Wigginton and Matt Peterson, it's Dave Littlefield's. There's plenty of talent available, we just don't know how to go about acquiring it. Right now there's a few teams writing us thank-you notes for giving them gold for pyrite. So maybe the problem isn't the time of year, the problem is our awful front office, ever think about that?

I agree that we should just enjoy winning while we're winning. But what's wrong with looking down the road a bit? Whatever trades we make could significantly impact our season this season, next season, and 5 seasons from now. You can't just ignore trade rumors because we're winning. But at least you can be hypocritical and whine about people who talk about trades, then talk about trades yourself. Listen, Bob. Just because you can talk freely about whatever you please doesn't mean you should. Why don't you try thinking before you speak, or type as the case may be.



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