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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Baseball mafia on the job helping out Trevor, as always

The media are very helpful to Trevor--hours after he has a bad game, MLB.COM posts a HEADLINE excusing him for it, citing injury. And a long article by Barry Bloom seeking to boost Trevor's image--after all, the media have joined with team management in trying to get him every award except Rookie of the Year. Bloom's attempt is a farce--his story hides or leaves out facts.
  • For example, he says Rudy Seanez came into the game after Trevor and 'blew the save.'
  • According to Game Day, Trevor had blown the save as well, but Bloom only says Seanez had a blown save.
More garbage from Baseball Media: Bloom says, "Bruce Bochy revealed on Monday night that Trevor Hoffman, his star reliever, is dealing with some tenderness in his right (throwing) shoulder.

The soreness was a key reason why Bochy didn't go back to Hoffman in the 10th inning of Monday's 11-10 loss to the Dodgers, and instead went with veteran right-hander Rudy Seanez, who blew the save and the game by allowing a walk to Kenny Lofton and Nomar Garciaparra's two-run walk-off homer.

"I asked, but Trevor's been dealing with some tenderness in his shoulder, and we decided it wouldn't be wise to push it," Bochy said. "He only has a certain amount of bullets to use, and we decided not to use them.""

  • So, Bochy's not at fault BECAUSE HE ASKED TREVOR TO THROW MORE, BUT TREVOR MENTIONED THE SHOULDER PROBLEM.
  • BUT TREVOR'S NOT AT FAULT BECAUSE HE'S A SAINT AND WOULD NEVER USE ANY KIND OF EXCUSE.
  • BUT BOCHY MENTIONS THE FAMOUS "BULLETS," WHICH MEANS EXACTLY HOW MANY PITCHES IT WILL TAKE TO WIN AN AWARD.
  • THIS WHOLE THING IS A FRAUD--THE GUY HASN'T THROWN MORE THAN 1 INNING IN 2 YEARS, HAS BEEN ADAMANT THAT HE WON'T DO SO, AND THE TEAM HAS HIM THERE FOR THE 'ENTERTAINMENT VALUE' (per Sandy Alderson) of going after a cheap stat.
  • Even Kevin Kennedy today expressed doubt over the use of Hoffman, that there's too much emphasis on his going for a stat. Too much? That's all he's there for, it's right out there in the open.
  • STOP ALL BASEBALL WRITERS FROM VOTING ON BASEBALL AWARDS IMMEDIATELY.
P.S. AS DAY FOLLOWS NIGHT, MARIANO RIVERA WAS ALSO, OF COURSE, BROUGHT UP IN THIS ARTICLE. TREVOR AND HIS CAMPAIGNERS CAN'T PASS UP AN OPPORTUNITY TO PUT MO DOWN. NEWSFLASH TO MLB: TAKE A CLOSE LOOK AT RIVERA'S TOTAL CAREER INCLUDING POST SEASON. MARIANO CANNOT IN ANY WAY BE COMPARED TO TREVOR. HE'S IN A CLASS BY HIMSELF, HAS CHANGED THE WAY LATE INNING RELIEVERS WORK, AT LEAST AMONG TEAMS WHO ARE SERIOUS ABOUT WINNING. EG, THE RED SOX, THE BLUE JAYS, THE METS--ALL USED THEIR CLOSERS THIS YEAR IN THE REGULAR SEASON MORE LIKE MARIANO IS USED. NONE OF THEM HAS A PRIMA DONNA WHO ONLY WILL THROW 1 INNING.

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