Re: Was Dan Duquette = to Law and other Theo Bashers on this forum?
posted at 11/7/2011 9:04 AM EST
In Response to Re: Was Dan Duquette = to Law and other Theo Bashers on this forum?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Was Dan Duquette = to Law and other Theo Bashers on this forum? : Actually, it was more like 4 mediocre to poor seasons, at least when compared to the rest of his career. After leading the league in ERA for 3 straights seasons, Roger went... 11-14 4.46 9-7 2.85 10-5 4.18 10-13 3.63 I guess Dan should have foreseen that Roger would start doing steroids and kept him here? As for Boggs, he hit .259 his last year in Boston. His .890 Boston OPS dropped to .803 in NY. He had some nice seasons in NY, especially in the OBP area, but at the time $3-4M a year was a lot. The Yanks paid him more at ages 35-37 than any year in Boston. They paid him more at age 38 and 39 than we did in all but his last 2 years in Boston and got an OPS+ of about 99. Dan made mistakes, but it's hard to call these two poor judgement.
Posted by moonslav59[/QUOTE]
The Clemens issue was assuaged when I realized how many seasons in a row Roger had been ... pedestrian. I have claimed ignorance about those seasons because I was in a part of the country with only small local papers or one large state paper, which was really then a glorified local paper for the state ... and those places hardly posted anything more than scores and standings. I was surprised at the three previous years being so blah.
With the computer and internet, I have overcome some of those issues mentioned above.
But the Boggs issue is one resonates still. Sure his BA went down from his superb years, but he remained a .300+ hitter and we surely could have used him. Consider the impact of staying at Fenway ... even though Yanqui Stadium favored him as well.
Part of the reason it resonates is that Yaz did in in fact have a .255 BA right after and then right before seasons where his average was well over .300. Several times Yaz was said to have been over the hill. And in the end, he was, finally, an average player - well, still better than average - but still fairly productive. I wouldn't be surprised to find out that some who have advocated cutting ties with Papi and Youk were not among those who called for Yaz to quit early.
I use these terms that are becoming passe to some if not many here, but those were the terms that I used when experiencing both Yaz's time to face the music and Wade's.
In doing so, I am being completely honest with you all, because to start using other figures to bolster my case now would be disingenuous. I am only involving what I had as information - limited as it was - at the time, because I am talking about why my feelings developed like they did back then.
(Now that is a clunky paragraph!!!)