An Open Letter to Stanton Cook

An Open Letter to Stanton Cook

Post by Mike Murp » Sat, 23 Sep 1995 04:00:00


Dear Sir,

I watched a baseball game game this evening on TBS (a true
superstation).  The Atlanta Braves played the New York Mets in Atlanta.  
The park was filled, even though the game itself was meaningless to both
teams.  The Braves have already clinched their division, and the Mets are
building for the next millenium (doesn't that sound familiar to you?).

The park was filled because a skinny ( 6'  150 lb) 29 year old right
handed pitcher with an average major league fastball (those were the
words of your 1991 GM Larry Himes) was on the mound.

That pitcher's name is Greg Maddux, and I would like to know what
possessed you to stiff this guy in the summer of 1992?  Perhaps, the
rumours that YOU were responsible for pulling an accepted offer off the
table because the agent didn't get back to your GM on the same day that
the offer was tendered are untrue...

Did you watch this kid with the average major league fastball pitch
between 1987 and 1992?  Did you see any improvement?  Could you see the
greatness presenting itself?  Why do you think that his teammates
nicknamed him "mad dog?"  Were you too busy practicing your golf swing to
notice that you *never* allow your 26 year old number one starter,
probable (at the time) CYA winner, and top five pitcher (at that time) in
his league to leave town *regardless* of his asking price?  Did you think
that his value would decrease?  You are singlehandedly responsible for
costing your franchise *millions* of dollars in lost TV revenues, not to
mention all of the ancillary money you've cost your shareholders in
newspaper advertizing, TV revenue, team value, licencing, and the
prestige of actually being able to *compete* for a WS.

It is no coincidence that Sandberg left the Cubs when he did.  He jumped
off of a sinking ship and said "to hell with the money."  

Greg Maddux has an ERA of <2.00 in the three seasons since he left the
friendly confines.  If you check your little record book (if you don't
have a copy handy, ask your new man McPhail or his GM *** for one of
their copies) Fulton County Stadium is every bit the hitter's park as
Wrigley Field.

Just wondering... in the highly unlikely event that Maddux becomes a free
agent again (do you think that Ted Turner will pull an accepted offer off
of the table, or do you think that he'll hand him a blank check?) will
you tender an offer for his services?  Will you take a pay cut?  Maybe
throw in some TRIBUNE CO. stock?

You idiot.

Peace,

Murph

                A Special Quote for Stanton

        "The hours of folly are measured by the clock,
         But of wisdom: no clock can measure."

                                William Blake "Proverbs" 1793

 
 
 

An Open Letter to Stanton Cook

Post by wenth.. » Sat, 23 Sep 1995 04:00:00

   Greg Maddux has an ERA of <2.00 in the three seasons since he left the
   friendly confines.  If you check your little record book (if you don't
   have a copy handy, ask your new man McPhail or his GM *** for one of
   their copies) Fulton County Stadium is every bit the hitter's park as
   Wrigley Field.

You blew it here.  Do you _seriously_ think that anybody in the
Cubs organization in any way understands park effects?  This
portion will only serve to confuse the guy.

paul

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An Open Letter to Stanton Cook

Post by Mike Murp » Sat, 23 Sep 1995 04:00:00



: (much stuff - all valid - on the failure to resign Maddux)

: I may to the only one to admit this, but I would have let Maddux go :
too. Then and now.

: Actually I'd have tried to sign him to something like what he eventually
: got but with relatively little up front money. Massive incentives. :
Given that he's been so much better than anyone anticipated, he might :
even have done better under an incentives only kind of contract. I know :
I'd pay happily.

First of all, thank you for the compliment re: my posting. Second, there
a good reason for a pitcher like Maddux *not* to accept an incentive
laden contract.  He is not an individual, but a true member of a team.  
After last night's game, when the mediots compared him to the Big train,
Maddux's response was, "So? How will that help me in my next start?  He
is trying to get people out.  He is not trying to pad his stats (i.e.
Sosa stealing bases to reach 30/30, doing so without rhyme or reason).

: I see no reason for Maddux to have accepted that kind of offer.

: I'd have lost him too. Pitchers are just too risky for long term, : high
dollar salaries. : -- : RNJ

Ordinarily, I would agree with you.  However, as I've asserted in other
postings, Maddux has *never* been on the DL.  His style of pitching tends
*not* to put severe stress on his throwing arm.  I believe that his
pitches stay in the same speed range all game, he rarely ever throws over
100 pitches per game, he averages 70-75% strikes per start, and his
pitches maintain their movement.  All of these facts make him the best
possible candidate for a long term deal.  That is why teams were tripping
over eachother in an attempt to sign him to a guaranteed long term deal.  
If he becomes a free agent before he reaches age 31, you can bet that he
will be offered another long term deal by *any* club with the money and
the will to compete for a WS.

Peace,

Murph

 
 
 

An Open Letter to Stanton Cook

Post by Mike Murp » Sat, 23 Sep 1995 04:00:00


writes:

:    Greg Maddux has an ERA of <2.00 in the three seasons since he left
the :  friendly confines.  If you check your little record book (if you
don't :  have a copy handy, ask your new man McPhail or his GM *** for
one of :  their copies) Fulton County Stadium is every bit the hitter's
park as :  Wrigley Field.

: You blew it here.  Do you _seriously_ think that anybody in the : Cubs
organization in any way understands park effects?  This : portion will
only serve to confuse the guy.

Doc,

Of course, you're right!

Fortunately for the Braves, someone in their organization did.  What is
Maddux's road ERA over the last three years?  I know that over his last
21 road starts, it stands at 1.03  (17-0)    

BTW, I don't seriously think that Stanton reads RSB...If he did, he would
have been much more well informed in 1992...

Peace,

Murph

 
 
 

An Open Letter to Stanton Cook

Post by Ron Johns » Sat, 23 Sep 1995 04:00:00


(much stuff - all valid - on the failure to resign Maddux)

I may to the only one to admit this, but I would have let Maddux go
too. Then and now.

Actually I'd have tried to sign him to something like what he eventually
got but with relatively little up front money. Massive incentives.
Given that he's been so much better than anyone anticipated, he might
even have done better under an incentives only kind of contract. I know
I'd pay happily.

I see no reason for Maddux to have accepted that kind of offer.

I'd have lost him too. Pitchers are just too risky for long term,
high dollar salaries.
--
RNJ