Cutnpaste: – Faye Vincent on Fred, Woodie Fryman, Jose, Bud Selig, and Rusty Staub

 Faye Vincent on Fred:

“It looks like a very messy situation for Fred,” said Fay Vincent, a former baseball commissioner who is friendly with Wilpon and Picard. “I know Picard and he’s a serious and solid lawyer, and what he’s doing has to be taken seriously.” Vincent said he did not want it to appear as if he were advising Wilpon on what to do, but added, “It’s important for anyone in a situation this treacherous to consider whether he can run his main business and defend himself simultaneously.”  

Woodie Fryman:

Woodie Fryman, who pitched 18 seasons in the major leagues and was inducted into the Montreal Expos’ Hall of Fame in 1995, has died. He was 70. Fryman won 141 games from 1966-83 with the Expos, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs. He pitched primarily in relief late in his career, saving 17 games for Montreal in 1980. Fryman had four career one-hitters — including a nearly perfect game when he was a Pittsburgh rookie. He gave up a leadoff hit to the New York Mets, the runner was caught stealing and Fryman didn’t allow anyone else on base. 


Reyes turns 28 two weeks before Jeter turns 37, so in theory he should be in his prime. Yet an old-player problem, durability, bedevils Reyes and so do questions of baseball IQ. Will he be healthy enough and smart enough as a player to fully deploy his tool shed? At his best, Reyes resembles Carl Crawford, but as a switch-hitter who plays a more vital position. He also would enter free agency a year younger than Crawford, who just got a seven-year, $142 million deal from Boston.  

Bud Selig:
Bud Selig didn’t endear himself to many on how he handled the Montreal Expos financial crisis. He turned them into the MLB version of the Washington Generals, and allowed the rich teams to carve up their roster like a Thanksgiving turkey. Perhaps he learned from that because I thought he handled the Texas situation far better. Instead of allowing that franchise to flounder during bankruptcy proceedings, he allowed them to compete due to the fact they had a solid nucleus of players in place. Although you could argue how fair it was for the league to allow Texas to acquire Cliff Lee while on MLB welfare, they were a good team without Lee, and Selig did the right thing by not denying Texas fans a memorable season because of the failures of Tom Hicks. He needs to do this with the New York Mets if it comes down to it.  

Rusty Staub:

Seeing Rusty in his later years, when he was almost exclusively used as a pinch-hitter — and choking up exactly one-hand high — was a special treat. Not sure about you, but for me, when the truly great hitters of the game are in their final years (people like Don Mattingly, George Brett, Tony Gwynn, Wade Boggs, and Pete Rose immediately come to mind), my eyes are glued to the screen when they come to bat, because I know I won’t be seeing much more of them (and maybe I’ll learn something). This is the way I saw Rusty Staub in his final years with the Mets: he demanded every bit of my undivided attention. Maybe his career numbers weren’t HOF-worthy, but he was an absolute professional in the batter’s box – smart, attentive, focused, and with a pl – 


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