I Think I’m Gettin’ Old

Two hot topics circulating the baseball newswires (especially Baseball Tonight!) right now are really making me feel old…

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First is the notion that no team will sign Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez because he is too old and his skills are declining.  I remember that during Pudge’s prime, he was so good defensively that teams just stopped running against him altogether.  Plus, at least while in Texas, he was ALWAYS good for a .300 average (if not much higher) and 30 home runs.  All told, he could probably challenge the old notion of Johnny Bench being the greatest backstop of all time.  Now no teams want him?!  Heck, if Joe Mauer ever got hurt for an extended period of time, I would take Rodriguez in a heartbeat.

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Secondly, can you believe that Pedro Martinez is not on a major league baseball team right now?!  I know that his “heater” only tops out around 90 mph (if that) these days and his chances of making it through an entire season are slim, but c’mon…it’s Pedro!  An interesting conversation-starter that I like to pose to fellow baseball fans around my age (23) is this: If your team needed to win one game, which pitcher (in his prime) would you want on the mound: Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Greg Maddux, or Pedro Martinez?  For me, the answer was always Pedro, as his late 1990s seasons were the stuff of legends.  As long as I live, I will never forget watching Pedro strike out Barry Larkin, Larry Walker, Sammy Sosa, and Mark McGwire in the 1999 All-Star Game in his Carl Hubbell impersonation.

I guess what this means is that, if I were a GM, I would be the type that allows the old guys to hang on a bit too far past their prime.  But seriously…let’s say for a second that the Twins picked up Martinez on a whim.  In Game Seven of the hypothetical World Series, who would you want on the mound…him or Scott Baker (no disrespect to Scotty)?  I thought so.

4 Comments

Sorry, Zachary, but I’m going to have to disagree with you about Pudge. He looks good in the WBC, but his numbers have been declining steadily for the past few years. He was awful with the Yankees last year, and he can’t throw out runners anymore. Given the fact that he’s also nearly a year older than Mike Redmond, I think the Twins would be wise to stick with Redmond and either Jose Morales or Drew Butera if Mauer is going to be out. I wouldn’t mind if the Twins signed Pedro, though. The rotation doesn’t have much depth, and that could really be a problem if someone gets hurt. I don’t think Anthony Swarzak or Rob Delaney are major-league ready just yet, and I wouldn’t want to rely on Philip Humber or R. A. Dickey to start, either. At least he wouldn’t be another Livan Hernandez!-Erinhttp://plunking-gomez.mlblogs.com

I’m with you about Pedro man. The stuff he had in the late 90′s was some of the best stuff any pitcher has ever had. I was excited at the rumors that my Pirates offered him a contract, but then dismayed when I heard he was looking for a contender to sign with… Looks like he’s going to the Dodgers or Cardinals now? I’m fine with it, I just want to see him pitch again this year.
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I hope Pedro signs with the Pirates. It’s unlikely though, unless he lowers his asking price.

-Erik
http://countingbaseballs.mlblogs.com/

Come back to us Pedro
Emma
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