Tagged: Tyler Clippard

Shall We Bid Adieu to Edwin Jackson?

According to Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman, the White Sox are willing to deal starting pitcher Edwin Jackson, who was acquired last season in a deadline trade with the Diamondbacks. It wasn’t specified what the White Sox want in return, though I hope that it would be something that might help us in a late-season push (Hey, I still have faith). Hardball Talk speculates that Kenny Williams may be looking for a third baseman, which would be fine with me. Unfortunately, Brent Morel seems to be the latest to fall into the black hole that is the White Sox’ Hot Corner.

As for Jackson himself, I can’t say I’d be sad to see him go. He looked good when he came to us last year, posting a 3.24 ERA and 77 K’s over 11 games, but has faltered this season, with a losing record and a 4.30 ERA over 17 games. You never know which Jackson is going to show up, and with five other fairly strong pitchers around him, I wouldn’t mind it if he was the odd man out. As a commenter on Hardball Talk said, the guy has the consistency of a shapeshifter.

DIGRESSIVE SIDE NOTE: In my previous post, I singled out Tyler Clippard as a player who should not be an All-Star. Turns out he was the game’s winning pitcher. Oops.

DIGRESSIVE SIDE NOTE PART II: Yes, the old theme is back. Unfortunately, it appears us MLBloggers have to use the standard themes in order to qualify for the Latest Leaders list. Kind of a bummer. I really like the sleekness of the old theme.

Is the All-Star Designation Losing Its Luster?

When I think of the All-Star squads, I think of the best of the best, the true “stars” of the game. I think of a very small few, my ideal team filled with MVP candidates.

I do not think of two squads that combined field 83 players.

When I heard that number while watching Sunday Night Baseball last night, I was not initially shocked by it. But then I thought about it. There are 30 teams, each with 25 players on their active rosters. That equals 750 players in Major League Baseball at any given time. 83 players out of 750 is roughly 11% of the baseball populace. That means that 11% of the players, whether they actually attend tomorrow’s game or not, can walk away from this season with the “All-Star” label.

11% may seem like a small percentage, but to me, it is still higher than what I would expect from a game that is designed to showcase the best of the best. In my opinion, Aaron Crow and Tyler Clippard are not the best of the best. I don’t even know what teams those men come from, or what position they play. And quite frankly, I don’t want to turn on my TV and see Tyler Clippard hitting or pitching or whatever he does, and have to believe that he is part of the game’s elite. But I guess when you let 11% of the whole into The Mess That Selig Made, you end up with some Aaron Crows and Tyler Clippards.

Oh well, I guess I’ll use tomorrow night as a time to watch reruns of The Office. If you get lemons, gotta make lemonade.