Pete Rose Decision Understandable, But Flawed

Pete Rose

Pete Rose (photo by Kjunstorm from Laguna Niguel, CA, US. Color-corrected, cropped and red eye removed by Daniel Case 2008-07-16 – Pete Rose. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org)

It was a near certainty that MLB commissioner Rob Manfred was going to deny Pete Rose the chance to be reinstated in baseball. Podcast #36 and host Gene Gumbs breaks down why this decision, while understandable, has flaws. Major League Baseball needs to clean up its house in regards to the daily gambling of fantasy games on sites like Draft Kings and Fan Duel before it can preach that it wants to keep the specter of wagering away from its sport.

Is it a stretch to think that there are current players participating in fantasy games/leagues on those sites? I don’t think so. Is that not gambling? Is that not betting on baseball, the same thing Pete Rose was banned for? I’d be willing to be the ranch that it’s happening. Those companies aren’t going to divulge who is playing. Even if they did, it’s nothing to have a friend or family member place the bet for you.

While the idea doesn’t actually bother me all that much, it does bother me to think that Major League Baseball is in bed with these companies. Hell, their hosts on the MLB Network’s morning show picked guys for a Draft Kings fantasy lineup every morning! Are you kidding me? You can’t ban a guy for gambling on baseball but then accept advertising money from these companies and have your employees engaged in promoting them!

As to the Hall of Fame? That’s another issue. There’s quite a rant on that in the podcast. Enjoy.

Also in this Episode:

  • A look at the pans still cooking on the hot stove
  • Jason Heyward signs with the Cubs
  • With the addition of Cueto, the Giant’s rotation is scary good.
  • Mets still need a bat, but Neil Walker makes them better
  • My pick for team of the week

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MLB Free Agent Contracts Reaching New Heights

David Price

(Photo by Arturo Pardavila III on Flickr (Original version) UCinternational (Crop) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

The monopoly-money carousel turned a little faster this week when David Price (31 million/year) and Zack Greinke (34 million/year) signed new MLB free agent contracts. Add to that a flurry of trades, and the recent general manager meetings in Nashville have been the busiest in years. In his latest podcast, Sports Microscope host Gene Gumbs breaks down all the recent activity.

Heck, compared to the numbers that Price and Greinke got, the 16 million a year for John Lackey seems like chump change. Johnny Cueto recently turned down 20 million a year from Arizona. As one of the last big free agent pitchers yet to sign, some desperate team is liable to step up and offer him 25 million. It’s down right ridiculous.

To be sure, the Price signing, and the other moves they Red Sox made, moves Boston right to the top of the class in the American League – at least on paper. Ask the San Diego Padres how their paper championship worked out last year. In addition to Price, the Red Sox got one of the best closers in the game in 27-year-old Craig Kimbrel, and then traded Wade Miley to get another great bullpen arm in Carson Smith, as well as Roenis Elias. Hell, the trade of Miley alone is addition by subtraction!

Likewise, the signing of Greinke, and then the trade for Shelby Miller with the Atlanta Braves, puts the Arizona Diamondbacks in the mix for the NL West title. They still probably need to add a bat or two, but a rotation that starts with Greinke, Miller, and a healthy Patrick Corbin ain’t bad.

Also in this MLB Free Agent Episode:

  • Are the Chicago Cubs overvaluing Ben Zobrist?
  • Jon Jay headed to San Diego
  • Starlin Castro traded to the Yankees
  • Steve Sarkisian is suing USC because he’s a drunk
  • My pick for team of the week

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Detroit Tigers Make Big Splash in FA Pool

Jordan Zimmermann

Jordan Zimmermann signed with the Detroit Tigers this week.  (Photo by MissChatter on Flickr (Original version)UCinternational (Crop) – Originally posted to Flickr as “1ST_4713″Cropped by UCinternational. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1ST_4713_Jordan_Zimmermann.jpg#/media/File:1ST_4713_Jordan_Zimmermann.jpg)

With the signing of Jordan Zimmermann, the Detroit Tigers have put themselves in position to challenge the Kansas City Royals in 2016. Podcast host Gene Gumbs ponders how the $110 million Zimmermann signed for will effect what Johnny Cueto, David Price, and Zack Greinke will command.

It’s all monopoly money to us Average Joes, but the combined contracts for those four players may approach the total budget of small countries! There’s talk of Price wanting over $200 million after posting an 18-5 record and 2.45 ERA. So what should Greinke and his 19-3, 1.66 get? 250 million? It boggles the mind.

And speaking of money, am I the only one who said the following when hearing that the Royals each got a $370,000 bonus for winning the World Series: “Is that all?” I know it sounds silly, but that’s pocket change for a lot of these guys, outside of the young players making close to the Major League minimum.

To be fair, the Royals are one of those teams that have many people with “lower” salaries where that makes a difference. With the exception of the $12 million being paid to Alex Gordon, and the $10 million for Cueto, a dozen of the Royals make less the two million. Heck, Chris Young made “only” 675k. That’s a heck of bonus for him!

Also in this episode:

  • Why Pete Rose and Barry Bonds do (and don’t) belong in the HOF
  • Red Sox sign Chris Young – what’s next?
  • Thoughts on the NASCAR Championship
  • Cleveland Browns circus continues
  • My pick for team of the week

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