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Will someone take Chacon? Probably so

Posted on: June 26, 2008 2:56 pm
 

The Atlanta Braves have a saying that applies to players like Shawn Chacon, who admitted to grabbing Astros general manager Ed Wade by the neck and is now on the way out in Houston:

"Not a Braves-type player."

I heard exactly that a couple of weeks back, when I asked a Braves person about Sidney Ponson. I knew the answer, but I asked, anyway. After all, the Braves were looking everywhere for starting pitching help.

"Not a Braves-type player."

When Ponson had his trouble with the Rangers, causing disturbances and causing Texas to designate him for assignment, officials from several organizations predicted that he wouldn't get another job. Of course, he did, and now he's scheduled to start for the Yankees Friday night against the Mets.

I wouldn't have done it. They did. And when a team like the Yankees is willing to sign a player with as bad a track record as Ponson, you start to figure that almost anyone can get another chance these days.

Anyone but Barry Bonds.

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Yes, the Cubs winning this year would be a great story, now that it's been 100 years since they last won. Just don't expect the Cardinals to buy in.

"I feel like our story's just as good as theirs," Cards outfielder Ryan Ludwick said. "There were people picking us to finish fifth. We saw one magazine that said we'd only win 56 games. That'll get your blood boiling."

The Cards survived their two weeks without Albert Pujols, who returned today (a week earlier than expected).

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Did you notice that Tigers manager Jim Leyland batted Gary Sheffield, Edgar Renteria and Pudge Rodriguez in the 7th, 8th and 9th spots in his batting order for two days this week?

That's three guys who each have 2,000-plus career hits (and two who have 2,500-plus). That's 897 combined home runs, 3,591 combined RBIs.

Sheffield hadn't hit lower than sixth since 1989, according to research through baseball-reference.com. Before this year, Renteria hadn't hit lower than seventh since 1996. And before this year, Rodriguez hadn't hit lower than sixth since 1995, and hadn't hit ninth since 1992.

In case you're wondering, it's not unheard of for a future Hall of Famer to bat near the bottom of the order, even in the middle of his career. Johnny Bench actually hit eighth for Cincinnati two times in the 1979 season.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 6:59 pm
 

Will someone take Chacon? Probably so




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Since: Jun 30, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2008 8:44 pm
 

Will someone take Chacon? Probably so

I have to disagree with you one this one neohippie7319. Tell me at what job id it ok to grab your boss by the throat and throw them down? This type of behavior is uncalled for at any level of any profession. Like Sprewell in Oaktown, Chacon should not only be cut, but shouldn't be able to sign with ANY team until next season. C'mon now so the GM called you a couple of names...... remember"Sticks and Stones"????



Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: June 28, 2008 12:36 pm
 

Will someone take Chacon? Probably so

Knobler, I really hope that you're wrong. The guy was unhappy about a demotion and if some desperate team picks him up and he gets a few starts then one might say that he parlayed a suspension for choking his GM into a promotion into a starting rotation somewhere. Choking your GM is not the way to get what you want and this clown needs to learn that lesson. If you don't want to loose your job don't suck at it!



Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: June 27, 2008 5:38 pm
 

Will someone take Chacon? Probably so

I feel a little bit of sympathy for Chacon on this one.  Anyone who has read the story knows Chacon's side of the story.  The management declined to offer any real comment.  Basically the Houston GM cussed out Chacon, and Chacon kept telling him to stop cussing and yelling.  When the GM kept cussing and yelling, Chacon grabbed him by the throat and threw him down.  Obviously, that isn't socially acceptable behavior, but I feel for the guy.  He hadn't performed well, and he was upset that he was moved to the bullpen.  Then the GM calls him off to talk, but Chacon says that they can talk in front of the other players.  Unless Chacon is lying, then I really don't think he should be held out of a job.



Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: June 27, 2008 2:12 pm
 

Will someone take Chacon? Probably so

Ponson's ERA over the past years,

2005  6.21

2006  6.25

2007  6.93

2008  3.88 but a long way to go.




Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2008 9:54 pm
 

Will someone take Chacon? Probably so

Someone will most definitely will take him they have to in this day and age pitching is very hard to get and people aren't going to pass that up just because of one mess up that he has had in his past.


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