Does Dan Duquette have inside information or is he crazy?

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Dan Duquette, GM of the Boston Red Sox, made several comments pertaining to the team today, including this nugget:
The team has conducted a mock draft of the players that would be dispersed by the contraction of two teams. Duquette would not say whom Boston picked. Asked if salary would be a concern, Duquette said, "We would be looking for the player that could help us the most and for the longest time."
Maybe I'm missing something, but isn't this statement way, way premature? First of all, contraction is nowhere near being a certainty. Secondly, it is not known whether there would be a draft (and what order teams would pick), or if all players would become free agents. And even if this were all planned out, does he think he has ANY idea who would be available at the 16th pick, assuming the draft went in order of worst-record?
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My vote is that Duquette is a delusional dumbass.
Thank goodness we got rid of that "washed up" Roger Clemens fellow, eh Dan?
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As a long time Yankees Fan, I wished they would show Duquette a life-long contract to remain the Red Sox General Manager.

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As a longtime baseball fan, I wish the administration could get their head out of their collective asses and introduce a salary-cap to this great game. HELLO - it works! Contraction? The sharks are already circling. Fucking PATHETIC!

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I can't argue with the need for a salary cap and true revenue sharing. Even though my Yankees are the biggest market in baseball, I would not mind sharing some of that revenue to have competitive baseball every season.
However, I believe that contraction is a necessity. They never should have added Arizona and Tampa, but now that AZ are the champs and Tampa is doing "ok", they can't very well just get rid of those 2.
There are too many teams in MLB right now. There is a dilution of talent and the schedules are all screwed up.
I think the removal of at least 2, and even 4 teams over the next 3-5 years would go a long way to fixing the game. Of course, implementing spending regulations and getting rid of Bud Selig would help too, but I get ahead of myself.
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However, I believe that contraction is a necessity. They never should have added Arizona and Tampa, but now that AZ are the champs and Tampa is doing "ok", they can't very well just get rid of those 2.
Tampa doesn't draw flys unless the Yankees are in town in which case the Yankees fans outnumber the D-Rays fans by a large margin.
It is my belief that one of the Florida teams and Montreal should be the teams that are dissolved.
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Easy for you to say it's not your revenue, furthermore, I bet George minds to a certain extent
Perhaps he does, but then he'd have to wonder how many people would come to see the Yankees play themselves. Without the conext of a professional league to play within, a single baseball team is all but worthless. You have to do whatever it takes to make the LEAGUE healthy, not the idividual teams. The NFL understood this, and that's why they're far and away the best organized sporting league in the World.
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Duquette is a moron.
We here in Boston are praying for his departure from the Sox.
Here is a guy who has, quite possibly, one of the finest ensembles of talent in MLB.
Pedro.
Nomar.
Manny.
Nixon.
But what does he do? He waits until the season is all but lost and the Sox are completely out of the race, and them demands that Pedro return to pitch even when hsi own pitching coach is telling him that Pedro isn't ready to go. Why, because "the fans" are demanding it.
Get a clue, Dan... or you won't have Pedro around for much longer. And then the people in Boston would REALLY not be happy.
EDIT: I just saw on the news that Duquette is considering bringing Carl Everett back to the Red Sox. Hehehe, need I say more?
Maybe, if we're REALLY lucky, we can snatch Michael Irvin and Shawn Kemp too!
[Edited last by Steven K on November 15, 2001 at 09:55 PM]
 

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What Steven K said!
As a member of the Fellowship of the Miserable here in Boston I can say with complete accuraccy that the Duke is an idiot. It's obvious that he has no clue as to what's going on all around him. Everyone knows that he's destroyed this team with his handling of the Carl Everett/Jimy Williams situation and now he's talking about BRINGING EVERETT BACK? Good god.
And the mock dispersal draft? Pure Duke. I'd be shocked if this was based on inside info. Much more likely that it's just the Duke sitting down with Stat Man and day-dreaming.
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Thank goodness we got rid of that "washed up" Roger Clemens fellow, eh Dan?
You can knock Duquette for some of his moves but Clemens isn't one of them.Rocket was overweight and mailed his performance in the last 2-3 years in Boston until the tail end of August the year of his departure.Clemens contract from Toronto was outrageous for the time and seemed like a sound financial& baseball move.Picking up Pedro , drafting Nomar , trading Heathcliff Slocumb for Veritek & Lowe all superior moves.He has made his share of horrendous moves as well--> Offerman
and the way he handles people in a cold manner.I'd give him a C but expect and demand more from a Sox GM. .......Too bad John Hart already has a new job.
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Stephen L,
I agree with some of your comments regarding Clemens but not all. While he wasn't in good shape in those last years he also suffered from a severe lack of run support as well as a bullpen that would find ways to lose a lead.
He had the second 20K game in that last season. He must have had something left, right?
BTW, congrats to Clemens on the 6th Cy young. One hell of a pitcher.
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The Duke will be the least of your worries if Jeremy Jacobs gets his hands on the Sox

Oh wait a minute, I'm not a Red Sox fan, So who cares?

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Jim C.......
Rocket was overweight and mailed his performance in the last 2-3 years in Boston until the tail end of August the year of his departure
You are right about the bullpen .Still pisses me off when he said he would only leave to bring his family closer to their home in Texas , last time I checked Toronto was no closer than Boston to Texas..........Steven K..he traded awayHeathcliff Slocumb
and received Veritek and Lowe, Lowe had a terrible year but pitched very good before last year and is still fairly young.You can't argue who got the better of this deal........I'm not Duquettes' buttboy , I said he deserved a C for his efforts and in my book he has done a fair job.If they can get another GM who is more competant I'm all for it but with the sale of the team up in the air it looks like he will be here next you .I all for Kerrigan leaving but I doubt that will happen.
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