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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

On the protest

Pete Mackanin was ready to drop the protest of Monday's game. Wayne Krivsky is not.

Home plate umpire Rick Reed explained to a Chicago writer that Cubs manager Lou Piniella did not have to indicate a double switch before he crossed the foul line on his first visit to the mound. That was enough for Mackanin.

“Why don't they put that in our manual, too?” Mackanin said. “They’ve got their own separate thing where they embellish on each rule.”

“It really didn't affect the game,” Mackanin said. “I hope we dropped it. I really shouldn’t say that. It’s up to Wayne."

Krivsky wasn't ready to drop it.

"How do you know it didn't affect the game?" he said. "It's in the hands of Mike Port (on Major League Baseball). We're waiting to hear bad."


at 8:05 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

That K-man knows his stuff. Whatever happened to the grievance against Washington? Maybe MLB could make Washington take Griffey as punishment for bamboozling our under-qualified CM.

at 8:58 PM Anonymous mikec said...

Yup, Krivsky got bamboozled all right. And he's grossly underqualified.

Lopez is hitting .241 with 9 HRs, 48 RBIs and 22 SBs.

Kearns is hitting .264 with 13 HRs and 60 RBI.

Wagner is 0-2 with a 5.74 ERA.

Kearns and Lopez make a combined $7.4 million.

Krivsky replaced Kearns and Lopez with Hamilton and Gonzalez at a price tag of $3.9.

Hamilton is at .292 wiht 19 HRS and 47 RBI in 90 games. Krivsky got him for nothing through scouting and pure guts.

Gonzalez is at .274 with 16 HRS and 55 RBIs.

And Gonzalez is a MAJOR upgrade over Lopez defensively. He has three fewer errors even in a bad season. And he's helped turn 24 more double plays than Lopez

Bray and Majewski are both coming off injury. Give them a little more time before you judge this trade.

But even if they get nothing out of those two, I'd argue the Reds are better off just unloading those contracts of two guys who didn't have much value.

The Nats may have sent the Reds damaged goods in Majewski, and Krivsky is STILL getting the better deal by the other moves he's making.

And if Krivsky was so underqualified, how did he bamboozle Indians GM Mark Shapiro in his first month in the job and get Brandon Phillips for nothing?

at 9:02 PM Blogger Jim said...

Doesn't the GM have a few other things to worry about besides this. It seems a bit pointless.

at 9:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what happens with a protested game? If it gets played over, do the stats from the original game still count or are they discounted as if the game never existed? Would MLB have the game replayed if it had influence over whether the Cubs got into the post season?
Also, last I heard about the grievence against the Nationals, it had been submitted to the Major League office, but Bob DuPuy said he was in no rush to settle the matter. Has there been any change?

at 9:21 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


don't forget about the other 2 players (Royce Clayton doesn't count)

Daryl Thompson has had a great season in the minors. Almost unihittable. he has a future in the majors.

and look at what Brendan Harris has done. Krivsky found him and he only gave him up because he thought Jeff Keppinger had more potential.

at 9:31 PM Blogger Jim said...

Mike C

You forgot about Brendan Harris. He was part of that deal and Krivsky let him go for nothing. In my opinion, Krivsky is a terrible evaluator of talent. Harris has put together a nice season for Tampa Bay and is considerably younger and less expensive than Alex Gonzalez. Do you think Ryan Franklin might have helped the bullpen this year? Wayne didn't. All he's done is post a 2.55 ERA and 0.96 WHIP this year. How would Justin Germano look in the rotation? He's struggled in the 2nd half, but he's a damm sight better than Phil Dumatrait. Wayne has instead extended Todd Coffey's contract. Extended Freel's contract for several million, even though Keppinger gives you the exact same type of versatility off the bench for much less. Signed Mike Stanton to a multi year contract. Had to eat Rheal Cormiers multi year contract and traded for a closer whose elbow was about to fall off. He needs to go.

at 10:19 PM Blogger cincyiscool said...

o come on. He's very good at evaluating talent. Phillips, Hamilton, Keppinger, Burton, etc. And I bet you were in almost all of those people who wanted Franklin gone. He's clearly been better than anyone expected him to.

at 10:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're right, Wayne's brilliant. He recognized that the #1 draft pick from 1999 had talent. He recognized a guy who throws mid 90's has talent. He's the 2nd coming of Bob Howsam. If he recognized the talents of Jeff Keppinger then why did he extend Freel's contract? Keppinger is a better hitter and just as versatile in the field, plus he's much cheaper. Keppinger was leading the league in hitting at AAA and couldn't get a call up until Juan Castro got hurt. I could go on and on but you get the point.

at 9:36 AM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Yes Krivsky knows talent: Chris Hammond, Rick White, Sun Wu Kim, Joe Mays, Chris Mihalik, Rheal Comeir, Mike Stanton, Kirk Saarloos, Victor Santos, Todd Coffey, Juan Castro, Todd Hollandsworth not to mention Jerry Narron, David Ross (worst hitting starter in baseball), Jason Ellison, Ryan Freel (big extension for next season), Gary Majewski, Yesterday Eddie, Ryan Franklin and Jason Germano (giveaways). Brad Salmon, Phil Dumatrait, Mike Gosling, Jason McBeth. On the plus side you have Phillips, Hamilton, and Burton (who they refused to give a chance in the first half) which were of course, no brainers.

Yes the K-man knows his stuff. Keep after that meaningless, meritless protest Wayne, it shows your ignorance.

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