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September 15, 2008

Risky Business

Two things happened today that you don't see every day, and it's a good thing you don't. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 504 points, all but guaranteeing that I'll be blogging into my 90s, and the Milwaukee Brewers fired manager Ned Yost with the Brew Crew tied for the National League wild card lead.

The Dow has had bigger drops, but never before has a major league manager been fired in September with his team in such good playoff shape. The Brewers, however, were in a tailspin of their own, prompting GM Doug Melvin and principle owner Mark Attanasio to pull the trigger on an unprecedented move that will look very good or very bad when the playoff races are decided over the next two weeks.

Depending on how you want to look at it, the Brewers management either made a bold, decisive move to try and salvage the season or panicked at a point in the stretch run when everyone should be pulling in the same direction.

I feel strongly both ways. How about you?

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 9:25 PM | | Comments (7)
Categories: Just baseball


Darn, Pete, given the title of the post, I was looking forward to your discussion of the movie.

I had Yost as Manager of the Year in the NL. I think the Brewers made a ball call on this one, as if it's Mid-July or 3rd week of August and the team is struggling, fine, but with 15 or so games left, this has disaster written all over it.

Pete, I was under he impression that Ned was in the hot seat before the season began, but not sure I understand why? This is a young team that lost their ace closer and till they got C.C., they didn't have the big time ace.

Pete, on a side note, has their ever been an MVP award winner that hit below .250? The way Philly is playing and the way Howard is knocking the ball out of the park, does he merit consideration? Nobody has stood out in the NL, as Webb and Braun are in free fall.

Pete, not to get picky, but isn't Mark Attanasio the PRINCIPAL owner of the Brewers? According to Webster, principle can only be a noun and refers to a fundamental law, doctrine or assumption.

Pete's reply: I did that just to see if you were paying attention....yeah, that's the ticket.


Unrelated to your current post, but I was pretty shocked to see Michael Phelps at the Cleveland/Pitty game Sunday night. I get that he is friends with Braylon Edwards, but showing up at a Cleveland game before showing up at your cherished Ravens stadium? We steal from Cleveland, they don't steal from us!

Pete's reply: I wouldn't read too much into that. The guy made Baltimore the center of the sports universe a few weeks ago. Going to a Browns game doesn't make him a Browns fan. He has made it clear he's a Ravens guy.

Birdland Todd -

Howard's not even the Most Valuable Phillie. That award goes to Chase Utley.

Here are a few very worthy NL MVP Candidates:

Geovany Soto: .288, 22 homers, 83 rbi. Plus he's done an amazing job on defense, as well as handling the Cubs pitchers. Pretty good for a rookie.

Albert Pujols: .360, 33, 101 despite missing a month. Without him, the Cards never would have hung around as long as they did. And if the season ended today, they'd only finish 4.5 games out of the wild card.

Lance Berkman: .324, 28, 100. If the Astros overtake the wild card (they're only 2.5 back), he's going to get a lot more attention.

David Wright: .299, 31, 114. Excellent defense, speed and OBP make him a much better candidate than the recently resurgent Carlos Delgado.

And here's a longshot who will at least get a few votes:

Manny Ramirez: .395, 14, 43. Only 42 games with the Dodgers and he's fourth in homers and sixth in RBI on the team. He should at least get a "Thanks for Saving Our Horrible Offense" Award.

My guess is that it's going to turn out a lot like the 2006 Oscars, when "Crash" took Best Picture over "Brokeback Mountain", "Capote", "Munich" and "Good Night and Good Luck". There are a bunch of contenders with very good numbers so the votes are going to get all split up and someone that no one is expecting to win will take the award.

"The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 504 points, all but guaranteeing that I'll be blogging into my 90s,..."

After today's 449 pt drop, probably your late 90's and you could write about

The DJI was up 410 pts today. You should be able to retire in your 80's.....well late 80's at least. However, keep writing for because they'll call you "Hey, kid !"

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