Part 2 we stay in college.
Oregon football head coach Chip Kelly might’ve hurt his recruiting by the story of him accepting and then declining the head coach position for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs instead decided to hire Greg Schiano, the former head coach at Rutgers University. Talk about settling.
It might not hurt recruiting this year, but you can bet for the next few years all the Pac-12 coaches will be whispering in top prospect’s ears, “Yeah, Chip is at Oregon NOW, but how long will he really be there for? I mean, he’s already nearly left once.” I can see more top prospects being a little more apprehensive about joining the Ducks after this little fiasco.
Speaking of coaches, a legend passed away last Sunday. Former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno passed away on Sunday after his 2 month battle with cancer. All throughout the week, memorial services have been held, both in private and in public for the iconic head coach.
Say what you want about Joe Pa. He did a very horrible thing by keeping information dealing with sexual abuse to himself, but as a coach, the X’s and O’s, he was truly great.
You don’t become the coach with the most wins in history by being an average football coach. He was the head coach at Penn State for 46 years, and deserves at least a little recognition for the achievements he made on the football field.
Changing gears and moving to Major League Baseball news, the Tigers gave Prince Fielder what the city of Detroit is worth over 9 years. For numbers people, that’s right around $214 million not including incentives.
Seriously, where did Detroit find this kind of money? For a team located in a city that has been hit hard by tough economic times, $214 million seems insanely high.
Oh well, this only proves two things.
Scott Boras is a genius and the Mariners were never really in the running if that was the asking price all along.
Many Mariner fans might be upset, but with that kind of money I would’ve wanted two Prince Fielders. I believe the Tigers grossly overpaid for a player that will become a glorified DH in about 4 years.
Plus, in Seattle, with no hitters to protect him and playing in a pitcher park, you honestly believe he would duplicate the same numbers he had in Milwaukee with All-Star Ryan Braun protecting him? Nope, you have a better chance convincing me LeBron is a better 4th quarter "go-to-man" than Kobe Bryant.
In Seattle, a non-contender I might add, Fielder would’ve struggled.
Werth went from an offensive juggernaut in Philadelphia to an anemic offense in Washington. In Philadelphia he posted a .296 avg. with 27 home runs and 85 RBI batting behind Howard and Chase Utley. In Washington, he was the only one and struggled mightily with a .236 avg. 20 home runs and 58 RBI. It should be noted Werth had a power surge near the end of the season.
I much rather save all that money for better opportunities in the future. The Mariners are starting to really develop some great players, even hitters if you can believe it.
Save the money now, and add the new TV contract money the Mariners are supposed to get in 2015 into the mix, and you’ll have lots to spend in a few years.
At some point we will need to spend on a big bat, but now is not the time. Don’t let a super-agent force you into vastly overpaying for a one-dimensional player. There are better deals to make and better players to be had in the upcoming years.
Lastly, the Giants signed Tim Lincecum to a 2 year $40.5 million deal. Probably the first ever 2 year $40 million deal ever. Timmy really doesn't like those long-term deals it seems like.
With that another week is in the book. Nothing to do now but sit back, relax, and watch Sportscenter for 72 hours straight.