What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
MJH on accountability
Wonder if they would take Brandon Boggs Straight-Up for him? Not to be insensitive but if the guy learned his lesson and still gets to make millions then maybe his destiny is in Doing Dallas. He will be getting midnight text messages for the rest of his careeer.
I'd rather outright Boggs to OKC and keep him around as back-level outfield depth than take back Lueke.
n o offense Tom B, but Lueke did learn A lesson, and it wasn't the right one. I hope that he would not make the same kinds of decisions and mistakes again, but the lesson really is if you are talented enough you can do whatever you want and you still wont have to suffer too much for it.
Man JD screwed the M's over too!!
Way to go JD. Now you too are going to have to plead no contest to a lesser charge to get out of the rape charges soon to be filed by M's mgmt.
lueke has performed as well as any other guy they received for Lee. Frankly if they want a nice clean player there are a lot of them on the farm with little or no upside if they want to give lueke back.. Maybe we can work a couple of guys in a trade to take leuke back and get another position player we lack from their system.
Lueke has major league stuff. He could help next year. The organization seemed to feel ok with him this year or they would have just released him. what he did was wrong but the justice system rules over these matters.
All of this craziness with the mariners reveals a GM that has not done the job who bailed on wak so he could take the pressure off of his own performance. anyone that looks at that team realizes it was an NL team ill suited to win games even in its own park due to a lack of offensive capability. That is the GM's job, not the manager. Wak was not down with the decision to bring Jr and Sweeney back but their failures reveal the lack of thought put into the offensive side of the team.
As the father of a daughter, I think the Rangers should probably have a "no rapists" policy and not touch Leuke with a 10-foot pole. But, sadly, I think that puts me in the minority.
I was glad to see Lueke traded away. He could be a decent major league pitcher, but I don't think it's really worth it. I'm also a bit perturbed that Jack Z would be enough of a (insert expletive) to try to pin the blame on JD and the Rangers.
No matter whose side you believe, Jack Z looks like an idiot. Either he knew Luecke was in trial for this the entire time and didn't care, or he really, truly didn't know Luecke did this and, in that case, he should be fired for not knowing anything about the prospects he traded for. Obviously, GMs don't know everything about their prospects, much less everyone elses (they have better things to do), but still, you are trading one of the games best pitchers for 3 prospects you don't know that much about??
jack Z has at least one scout in the cal league, probably two and he has a baseball staff with one team there that would know about this. he did not do his homework. There is talk up here in seattle that he is an oldschool guy and holds scouting reports in higher esteem than the new number crunching Billy Bean approach.
I don't have any sympahthy for Seattle on this one. I have a full time job, full time family, and am a pretty big, but generally casual Rangers fan. I was aware of Lueke situation, and very surprised that we could have dumped him in the Lee deal. Somebody in Seattle, who's full time job it was to scout professional baseball players should have known.
This isn't really relevant to anything in this thread, but I kept tabs on the coverage of the Lueke situation in the media last year. I saw only one beat reporter ever even mention it in passing (Evan), and that was buried at the bottom of a notes column. Credit the third-party Rangers blogs for giving the Lueke story the sort of exposure it needed. The sordid details probably repulse a lot of people, but when there's a player within the organization with such serious charges being levied against him, I think people have a right to know about it.
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