Occasionally, when my iPod FM transmitter decides not to work, I'll throw on the radio and listen to The Michael Kay Show. For those outside of the New York market, or without an interest for ESPN radio, Mr. Kay has a four hour (yes, FOUR hour) radio show on 1050AM from 3-7pm on weekdays. I don't really mind him as the Yankees play by play guy, and during the baseball season his radio show is good to listen to if you are a Yankee fan.
Well today (not during the baseball season), I was about an hour into my quest for a parking spot when my FM transmitter went AWOL, and I flipped on 1050 just in time to hear Michael start talking about the Brewers' acquisition of Trevor Hoffman. I'm going to do my best to paraphrase what he said. Being that this was about an hour ago, and I may have temporarily blacked out from rage, it may not be completely accurate. But here is the gist it:
"What are the Brewers thinking signing Trevor Hoffman? This guy…Actually, pop quiz! Is Michael going to say:
- Is not a good pitcher anymore
- Is going to be 41 this year
- Can't throw his fastball over 85mph, thereby negating the value of his out pitch, the change up
- Is not worth $6M plus $1.5M in incentives at this point in his career
Well if you said any of those things, you are wrong, because he said…
"The guy is not a clutch pitcher. He's blown every big game he's been in [lists off several postseason games, most against the Yankees, and the 2006 All-Star game]. I mean, he played for the Padres, so he's a guy that can get you saves in the regular season when there isn't really any pressure on him. But if there is anything on the line, the guy is terrible."Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? There are so many valid reasons to criticize this signing, why do you have to fall back on clutchiferousness? In addition to the multiple choices I listed above, here are a few other reasons that I looked up after I stopped yelling at the car radio, finally found a parking spot and got back to my apartment.
- Over the last three years he has pitched successively fewer innings to an increasingly high ERA
- Is averaging less than one IP per appearance for each of the last six years
- Allowed his highest HR/9IP since his 3rd year in the league (which was 1995)