as aging relievers are shopped
confusing the viewer
and certain to skewer
on the more serious matter of extensions and the like…
the vagaries of priorities in this area…Heyward/Freeman/Simmons…the youthful and talented whose value has been demonstrated and whose long term tenure here must be safeguarded…even Mac comes into the mix in the sense that whatever we do or do not offer affects the whole, his slice of the pie….
Simmons for me, unquestionably the number one priority but that’s a different issue…beyond that there’s much to disagree about…which is kinda fun, or not, depending on your level of passion…what has got to me of late are the attitudes found here to some extent and widely elsewhere regarding Kimbrel in particular and closers in general…they are, apparently, overrated, their importance exaggerated, lots of instances where joe blow has taken over and done a great job etc, there’s no need to give them the years and the big money…yeah, which team are you watching?
let’s just look at what is fresh in the mind, the Cleveland series(played, incidentally, in front of 3 embarrassingly small crowds totaling barely 60,000 -what gives? if El OB had been on the fight card all 3 nights i bet there would have been 80,000- where is he, Fredi?) We were clearly the better team but we could easily have lost the sweep or even the series. Scored a total of 8 runs, won each game by 1 or 2 run margin. Kimbrel saved 2, won one…our starting pitching certainly did it’s job and we got a few crucial hits but c’mon – what does this guy have to do to be given the same respect, the years, the money as the other elite group?
What has Rivera been worth to the Yankees over God knows how many years? What are they paying him? Do you think management there took the attitude, hey, he’s replaceable, no big deal, save the money…they have more than us, yes, but we have the Uptons to show parsimony does not necessarily rule at the Ted. Kimbrel’s not Rivera? No he’s not, yet – but he could be close , he’s young, durable and very special.
This Cleveland series was representative of many recently in our great run…you know the feeling when you’re watching a game, we have the lead but it’s not comfortable, it’s too tight…we have a lot like that – think of the Nats recent visit here and ours to them, Harper and all that…ah, we say, but we have Kimbrel..yes, but for how long? and give me the name of the person you’re going to replace him with.. you stat guys, do you know the average winning margin of a Braves victory and how it compares to the rest of Baseball? i don’t but i bet i could guess the general drift.
Extend him, do what it takes, show him we know just how valuable to us he is.