This is the Expos heart and soul cluster about 1982. Gary Carter is #8, and behind him are Andre Dawson, Steve Rogers, Tim Raines and Al Oliver who came over from Texas in order to supply a lefty bat and show just how many runs it costs when your first baseman can’t throw.
I don’t follow baseball anymore, but this World Baseball Classic is all kinds of fun for a guy like me. I’ve seen Pedro throw in the low 90s, the Netherlands do stuff and entire countries of Rod Carew’s hit the daylights out of major league pitching. Fun stuff.
I have a few observations.
- If Eric Gagne was in any way known to me, I’d tell him to take the year off. Rest that moneymaker. Hell take two years if you need it. Then come back, see how things are.
- There’s a kid with the first name of Yonder we’re all going to know about soon.
- I used to be pretty good at rotoball, and one of the first things I look for in pitchers is their k/w ratio and then k/w per 9 and then finally their whip. Based on a quick glance, the Washington Nationals have no good pitchers.
- If Moneyball means that teams should search for players who are not valued, then it is time for Whitey Herzog-style baseball to return.
- If true, a smart GM whose team plays in a big ballpark should pick up a pitcher named Brad Kilby, and there’s a speed burner named Elvis Andrus who might be fun. Stay away from tarps, Elvis.