Friday, January 2, 2009

James Deacon is a bit of a tool

Don't let the nerdy glasses throw you off. James Deacon, who scribbles inanities at AOL Canada (huh?) in between his appearances on Prime Time Sports, is indeed an idiot.

Maybe that's a bit harsh. We're sure that if you wanted someone to discuss his Argos season ticket package or his endless golf holidays, then Deacon is your guy. Sadly, that seems to be the extent of his sporting knowledge.

In his latest perfunctory posting, Deacon makes hi-freakin'-larious predictions for the coming year in sports, including a couple of ill-informed shots at the Blue Jays. To wit:

"August The greatest pitcher ever developed by the Toronto Blue Jays, Roy Halladay, wins his first start as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was traded by J.P. Ricciardi for a light-hitting shortstop, a left-handed reliever with elbow problems and a 2015 ninth-round draft pick. Halladay said he was nervous and took awhile to get control of the strike zone before settling down and throwing a complete-game, five-hit shutout. “I’m just glad to be on a contending team,” he told reporters."

This echoes an off-handed comment that made Deacon made with an incredible amount of self-assurance on PTS a few nights back. It was spoken with a tone that seemed to indicate that it was all but a done deal that the Jays would ship out Halladay as the first step in rebuilding the allegedly faltering and flailing franchise.

(And it should be noted that the Blue Jays won 86 games last season, two more than the 84 that the "contending" Dodgers needed to win the dreadful NL West.)

Setting aside the blatantly obvious fact that you can't trade draft picks in baseball (a fact that a national sports columnist should probably know if he wants to distinguish himself from ranting sports talk radio callers), the idea that the Jays would embark on such a rebuilding exercise by shipping out their most irreplaceable player defies any sort of logic. Deacon talks of this rebuilding concept as though it is somehow analogous to the way that hockey teams or basketball teams go about restocking themselves.

But shipping off your best pitcher in baseball and receiving anything approaching his value in return just doesn't happen anymore. Most teams would rather hold on to their asset and let him walk, thus assuring themselves of extra draft picks in the next year's draft rather than gambling on another team's prospects.

One need only look at the problems that the San Diego Padres have had in trying to trade Jake Peavy this offseason to see what a fool's errand it is to try to restock your system by trading your ace.

Let's hope that the wise and sage Mr. Deacon defers comment on the Blue Jays from here on out, and sticks to subjects that are closer to his heart. Like how if his beloved Argonauts are better than just two other teams next year, they can make a heroic turnaround and return to the CFL Playoffs!

Fun Facts on Fourth Place Teams!
Did you know that the Blue Jays' 86 wins were the most of any team that finished in fourth place since the introduction of the Wild Card? It's a fact!

9 comments:

Warbo said...

That show is a useless excuse of TELEVISION programming anyway as far as I'm concerned. Radio on TV? Maybe when Howard Stern has porn star guests, but sports talk? Thanks anyway.
I would not promote in anyway the trading of Doc (in fact I was of the opinion that rather than spend money on that chump Burnett, JP should drop another 3 years on Doc beyond 2010 at 18-20 Mil per and given the state of the game, it would be money well spent).
But I also don't necessarily agree that proper return could not be had if there ever was a trade. Baltimore sent Eric Bedard to the Mariners and got Adam Jones, George Sherrill, Chris Tillman (#2 on Baltimore's 2009 Baseball America prospect list), Kam Mickolio (#10 on said list) and Tony Butler a 21 year old lefthander still developing (3rd round pick in 2006). That's a ton and was recent enough not to qualify under the disclaimer "doesn't happen anymore".
True the negotiations for Johan didn't return as much (and as stated Peavy now looks like he won't be going anywhere), but Doc is contracted for 2009 and 2010 at bargain basement prices compared to other aces and frankly given his consistency at a high level of performance and his workhorse mentality including enough complete games to beat most teams in that category, he would surely bring in similar quality and quality to what the Orioles got for Bedard if not more.

Anonymous said...

"And it should be noted that the Blue Jays won 86 games last season, two more than the 84 that the "contending" Dodgers needed to win the dreadful NL West." > At least the Dodgers were in the PLAYOFFS and won a round - Doc has never even sniffed October!! Also being in the PLAYOFFS means you are contending.

Darren Priest said...

So, anonymous genius, you think the Dodgers would make the playoffs if they were in the AL East?

Concrete thinking for the win!

Tim in London said...

But shipping off your best pitcher in baseball and receiving anything approaching his value in return just doesn't happen anymore.

What, "we" aren't still enjoying the fruits of the David Cone deal?

Sven said...

What ever happened to Marty Janzen? He was thrown into the rotation and then next thing I know he's never spoken about again.
Maybe Alex Sanchez has his control figured out.

Anonymous said...

So, anonymous genius, you think the Dodgers would make the playoffs if they were in the AL East?

Concrete thinking for the win!

Darren you are one of my favorite posters(you are a kewl dude BTW) but can we can that the Dodgers are in the NL West stuff a bit. Yeah, everyone know that that is a weak division BUT Toronto hasn't capitalized on a Yankee fall last year adn tampa rose. That being said the playoff situation should really change. It should be the top four in each league with all teams playing an equal amount of games with each other(within their own league).

Anonymous said...

Hate to defend Deacon, who I agree is a dolt. But I think he's taking a jab at Riccardi's acquisition acumen... or lack thereof.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to point out that Deacon has an impressive resume, while you are just another internet blogger who's opinion is irrelevant. At least people actually read what James has to say. And if you look at Ricciardi's history of drafting and trading, the criticism is more than fair. Why don't you look at some of Deacon's stories from his time at Maclean's which were read by millions before you post this garbage.

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