Carlos Quentin again

The D-backs seemed to have made a major blunder by giving up on Quentin “too soon” in a trade to the Chicago White Sox two years ago. Last year, Quentin went on a tear and became one of the feared power hitters in the American League until an untimely (and stupid) injury sidelined him for the remainder of the season.

This year, Quentin has already missed time for planter fasciitis in his left foot, and Monday night he felt something pop in that same left foot as he headed for second base in the first inning of the Angels-White Sox game. Quentin looks to be headed for the disabled list and will probably miss 15-30 days because of it.

Two injuries in two years that have resulted in trips to the DL for Quentin. Add that Quentin has a penchant for getting hit by pitches in both leagues (NL and AL), and you have a very real possibility of a career that may be cut short by injuries.

Did the D-backs make the right move in trading Quentin before the 2008 season? Based on the 2008 season, the answer is no – they should have kept him. Based on the way this season is playing out, the answer is still no – they should have kept him. In both 2008 and this year, the D-backs do not have a feared slugger that would keep pitchers honest. Quentin would have been that slugger.

Do I think, long-term, that the D-backs made the right decision? Yes, because I believe that Quentin’s career will probably be over in another 4-5 years due to freak injuries.

It Could Be Worse

A-Roid, A-Fraud, those New York tabloids are pretty harsh. But they’ve got a responsibility to the truth, and the truth is that, just like Barry “The Living Asterisk” Bonds, Alex Rodriguez took steroids on his way to his MVP season in 2003.

So let’s see, that’s Jason Giambi, Roger Clemens, Barry “The Living Asterisk” Bonds, Rafael Palmeiro, Mark McGwire, Miguel Tejada, Andy Pettitte, and now Alex Rodriguez – eight names out of 104. And Bud Selig still wants people to attend 162 games in a season? He wants us to trust Major League Baseball? Right now, I have more trust in Major League SOCCER than MLB, and that’s a shame because I want my kids to grow up embracing the sport.

As it is, MLB was touting A-Rod as the “face” of baseball in the hopes he would beat The Living Asterisk’s (TAINTED) home run record. Now it looks like A-Rod’s own Cooperstown calling will be lost in the mail – the Baseball Writers Association has many members on record that say they will never vote a person into the Hall of Fame that took steroids.

Yes, it could be worse – there’s 104 people that have been known to test positive for steroids in 2003. We know of 8 of them now. (I personally suspect that Sammy Sosa is on that list as well, but that’s just my speculation.) If this is indeed the darkest storm for MLB, then those 8 are THE most famous names on the 104-person list. But if not, then MLB is facing a certain decline in attendance. Given that we’re in a recession, I don’t think MLB can afford for that to happen.

A Funny Trade

You know that professional athletes are traded all the time – it’s part of the business of baseball / football / basketball / hockey / pro sports.

Most of the time, the player traded is for another player or multiple players, but sometimes the trade is made for cash or draft picks instead.

But what if you’re the guy that got traded for … EQUIPMENT?


And that’s just what happened – the Calgary Vipers of the Golden Baseball League traded pitcher John Odom to the Laredo Broncos of the United League in exchange for 10 Prairie Sticks Maple Bats, double-dipped black 34-inch C243 style. The retail price of these babies? A whopping $65.50 per bat – when you buy anywhere from six to eleven bats.

(That comes out to $655, for those mathematically-challenged. Which means that, yes, the player was only thought to be worth less than $700. Seventh-round NFL draft picks sign for more than that.)

As to why Odom was traded – apparently he didn’t disclose a “minor” transgression on his record prior to his passport being scanned at the Canadian border. Now, he’s (in)famous for it.

6 Hours 16 Minutes

So, last night’s Padres/Rockies game went 22 innings in a time of 6 hours 16 minutes.

These two teams seem to have a history of long-ass games (anyone remember last year’s 13-inning one-game tiebreaker?) so, it really doesn’t surprise me.

What did surprise me is that both teams actually only used one catcher. Can you imagine how bad those guys’ knees feel this morning after squatting for 6 hours AND then both teams had to catch red-eye flights (Colorado back home to Denver to start a series against Houston, San Diego coming here to Phoenix to start up one with the D-backs)?

And not only that, last night’s game was apparently the longest game in both clubs’ histories.

For a D-backs fan, that game spells A-W-E-S-O-M-E, because the Padres used 7 pitchers (4 of which went 2 innings or more), and because the Padres have now gone 94 innings without a home run, which will probably stretch to at least 100 tonight since Dan Haren hasn’t gone less than 6 innings in any of his starts this year. Tell me that Greg Maddux got enough sleep this morning to be ready for the D-backs’ bats…