Ross Ohlendorf’s arbitration arguments

Some people are surprised that Ross Ohlendorf was able to win his arbitration hearing despite a 1-11 record for the Pirates.

But if you look at his arguments, you will see it was a no brainer that he was going to win.

– Hey, I’m a Pirate! We’re SUPPOSED to lose. And who did it better than me?

– Haven’t you heard? We’re not supposed to pay attention to a win-loss record anymore.

– Felix Hernandez lost 12 games and was given the Cy Young Award. I only lost 11. Ergo Felix Hernandez is a bigger loser than I am!

– By having the worst record in baseball, we get the #1 pick in the draft. You are welcome.

– Did you SEE my only win? It was on July 2nd against the Phillies. I threw 7 innings of shutout ball against the 2 time defending NL Champs. Let’s see YOU do that, Mr. Arbitrator!

– You know, I actually had a decent ERA in each of the last two seasons. And fans don’t pay money to see a pitcher win or lose. They just want to see a decent ERA.

– It is important to show Pirate fans that you are committed to putting the same crappy product on the field year in and year out.

– You have to factor in that I had an OPS of .220 as well.

– I played with the Yankees for two seasons, so I actually know players like Jeter and A-Rod. I can get them to sign some memorabilia for you. But that access doesn’t come cheap!

– I can’t imagine how I only went 1-11 with such a great lineup and a lock down bullpen around me!

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Plan D for the Yankees… destroy Joba’s career some more

Plan A for the Yankees this off season evidently was “Sign Cliff Lee.”
Their plan to do that was to assume he would buckle to the amount of money thrown at him. Evidently nobody in the Yankees front office ever spelled “Assume.”

Plan B was to alienate as many beloved Yankees as possible. Derek Jeter was told to find a better deal. Jorge Posada was told to turn in his catchers gear. Mariano Rivera was compelled to call the Red Sox. Andy Pettitte said “to hell with THIS!”

Plan C was to pretend it was still 2005. Andruw Jones, Mark Prior, Freddy Garcia, Bartolo Colon et al have all signed on. Now to build that Time Machine.

Now evidently there is Plan D… keep screwing around with Joba Chamberlain’s already shaky psyche.

He’s no longer a rookie. This is going to be his fifth season. You’d think 4 seasons would be enough to figure out his role. And according to reports he has shown up to camp looking heavy. Never a good sign.

So we enter the 4th annual “What will Joba’s Role Be?” Spring Training extravaganza.
I’ve never understood this debate. He was a dominant reliever who the Yankees turned into a mediocre starter, an ineffective mop up man and in the 2010 postseason, an afterthought.

Good job!

I’ve been saying this for years. I’ve compared him the Matthew McConaughey… very good at one specific thing but out of his element when you try to expand him.

I said last spring that the Yankees out of mercy should trade him.

But now the Yankees bizarre off season has thrown his role back into the spotlight. They had a thin rotation last October and now it is even thinner. (Although it is hard to describe anything that added Bartolo Colon as “thinner!”)

And because Joba was not allowed to develop into a reliable reliever, the Yankees had to spend for Rafael Soriano.

There are three (and possibly four) holes in the Yankees rotation and the richest and most glamorous franchise in baseball couldn’t fill the 4 or 5 spots with a major leaguer.

Of course Brian Cashman said that Joba’s role is secure and he is a reliever. Then again he ALSO said that they weren’t going to lose their draft pick on any deal other than Cliff Lee… so we all see how much leverage HE has these days.

Don’t put MORE weight on Joba. Don’t punish him because the Yankees wet the bed this off season.

With Rivera and Soriano in the bullpen, the Yankees have to make a trade. Even if it is for a prospect or a role player. Joba is still young enough to have a decent career but not if he stays in New York.

Either that or just go all the way and never tell Joba what his role is.
Don’t even tell him which days he is going to start.

How could that be any worse than how they’ve handled his career so far?
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Who said Roger Clemens isn’t clean?

Here’s the video proof! That guy is ZESTfully clean!

(I have a feeling that isn’t Clemens singing. I know I know… another scandal.)

Thanks to my friend Eli for sending me this clip.
I think I pulled an Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and erased this ad from my mind.

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