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Jesus Montero vs. Michael Pineda

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Pineda vs. Montero:  Time to break from blog themes such as “Tag, You’re Racist” and the perpetual Middle East crisis, and focus on what really matters in the lives of everyday humans…baseball. Specifically, the Jesus Montero for Michael Pineda trade .

Win-Win! In January of 2012 the Seattle Mariners traded Michael Pineda for can’t miss star Jesus Montero, along with prospect Hector Noesi. Pineda, a pitcher, was an All Star in 2011, and finished with a respectable 9-10 record and 3.74 ERA. Montero, a catcher, hit .328 with 4 homers and 12 RBIs for the Yankees that September. This seemed a perfect trade, two stars-in-the-making switching teams.

Mariners Win:  Even though Noesi bombed with a 2-12 record, Montero was the real deal. Montero produced solid numbers in 2012, batting .260 with 15 dingers and 62 ribbies. Meanwhile, Pineda suffered tendinitis in his right shoulder, followed by an anterior labral tear, and would end up missing not only 2012, but all of 2013. It looked like the Mariners had made a great trade.

Yankees Win:  Hold on, Montero stunk it up in spring training, hit .201 in his first 100 At Bats of 2013, earning him a spot on the AAA Tacoma. Montero proved he was not a major league catcher, and was relegated to designated hitter. Even worse, he tested positive for PEDs and was suspended 50 days. Then he came into 2014 training camp overweight, while Noesi stunk and took his 5+ ERA to Texas and then Chicago. Meanwhile, Pineda, rehabbed, came in and looked like the real deal in his first few starts of 2014, with a sub 2.00 ERA.

Nobody Wins:  But Pineda got caught with a glob of pine tar on his neck, resulting in a suspension, and derailing his year.

Final Score:  In 2014 Montero looked like he had figured out Triple A pitching, and might make a comeback, but then a scout sent him an ice cream sandwich during a minor league game. Taking offense, Montero went after the scout with a bat, and the Mariners booted Montero for the year. Pineda came back from suspension and hasn’t looked bad, so I’d say for now Pineda beats Montero in the same way that O.J. Simpson’s got better prospects than Aaron Hernandez. Go M’s!


Written by Caleb Powell

September 4, 2014 at 9:11 am

Letter to Larry Stone of the Seattle Times Regarding the Hall of Fame

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“I’m not going to let steroids association keep me from voting for a candidate.” – Larry Stone

“Dr. Thomas DeLoughery said Mr. Alzado died of complications of a rare form of brain cancer, which was diagnosed a year ago and which the athlete attributed to his years of taking massive doses of steroids to build and maintain a formidable physique.” – LA Times

I love the drama, character building, and competition sports involves. There are many life lessons. Sports can teach honor, fairness, and respect. I’ve attacked the dorks at KJR for lacking this honor (The Bigger Dance and Seattle Mariners Sign a Convicted Rapist and Felon), and now it’s Hall of Fame time and a beef with Seattle Times columnist Larry Stone:

McGwire, Bonds, & Giambi

Dear Larry Stone,

I respect and follow you in the paper and sports talk radio, but I disagree hugely on one issue. On January 4 you disclosed your Hall of Fame ballot in the Seattle Times. Yesterday the vote came out. You voted for these ten: Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Edgar Martinez, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Curt Schilling, Alan Trammell and Larry Walker. You also mentioned that, could you have, you would have voted or given strong consideration to Mark McGwire and Sammy “corked bat” Sosa. This alone should disqualify you from the “Sports Journalism Hall of Fame.”

Biggio, Bagwell, Martinez et al are worthy considerations. But Bonds and Clemens? McGwire and Sosa? No-way no-how not-ever not-in-hell not-in-this world. Never. Drawing the line at Palmeiro, as you did, doesn’t cut it. Here’s why:

PED user Chris Benoit murdered his wife and son, and then committed suicide

No athlete should have to choose between performance enhancing drugs or health. Just take a look at dead-at-43 Lyle Alzado. The harms caused to the user are many:  acne, enlarged prostrate, testicular atrophy, liver damage, hair loss, sterility, not to mention psychosis and violent tendencies, as witnessed when wrestler Chris Benoit killed his wife.

Likewise, no athlete who plays fair should lose his or her job or have to compete against opponents who use steroids or other performance enhancing drugs. Ever. It doesn’t matter if others may have done steroids or worse but never were caught or lived in a different age. Integrity now cannot be compromised because dubious behavior has been tolerated in the past. To ensure a richer future in sports, we must change the culture. I want this for my children, Mr. Stone, don’t you?

Therefore, to get into the Hall of Fame, if you think a player used, then he has no place in baseball’s shrine. Larry, your views do not merit the “hate” mail you claim you have received, they are your opinions. But my opinion is that the more people who share your opinion, the greater the harm to future generations. Evidently you are not so naïve to think Bonds and Clemens didn’t use. But you voted for them anyway. Therefore, you have elected to be wrong.


Caleb Powell

Written by Caleb Powell

January 10, 2013 at 4:22 pm