Monday, September 25, 2006

Someone Dumber Than Manuel



This clip of Stephen A Smith on Sports Reporters just came to my attention, and frankly, I'm blown away by it. He is talking about the great Ryan Howard and how he broke the Phillies all-time single season homerun record, but the real issue is Stephen A. blasting the Phillies. In the commentary, he states that before this season, the Phillies assessment of Howard was that could "barely hit..quality pitching," he "really can't play," his commitment is questionable, and he's fat. He goes on to imply that the Phillies wasted $85 million (ie Jim Thome) and that they should have been given Howard a shot instead. He finished his rant with a smart-ass comment about Howard's impending windafall of cash next year, in a "payday long overdue."

Now, I'm totally for ripping the Phillies when it is warrented. But this is the dumbest thing I have ever heard in my entire life, no exageration. To imply that last year the Phillies scouting report on their best position player was "fat, lazy and no good" is insane...and wrong. To his second point, how is bringing in one of the top lefthanded power hitters in baseball, having him hit 89 homeruns in two years while being a major link in the rejuvination of baseball in Philadelphia, a "waste?" Moreover, in 2002 at the time of the Thome signing, Howard was just finishing up a campaign in Lakewood where he hit a respectable .280 with 19 homers. Who in their minds would pass up Thome because a guy in Single A hit 19 bombs? While Thome hit 47 dingers in 2003, Howard was still in Clearwater. And finally, Howard isn't even a free agent next year. He can't cash in yet, he only has 1 year service time. Wow, 1 year of service time, that really is "overdue." Freaking idiot!

Steven A, "forgive me for bringing these points up," and "bes' believe" you are the biggest retard I've ever seen.

Here is the clip, enjoy:


Corey

29 comments:

Los said...

Stephen A is an idiot when it comes to "analyzing" any other sport besides basketball. He made a similar idiotic comment about football a year ago, but unfortunately, I can't remember what it was.

Eric said...

I think all it takes to become a sportsreporter is deciding that you want to become a sportsreporter. It's staggering how many of them don't know what they're talking about.

Oisín/Wizlah said...

just say no to reading stephen a. smith. that way you keep your blood pressure lower.

GM-Carson said...

Stephen A. Smith...the A. standing for asshole. He's clueless. And Eric you're right about being a sportsreporter...everybody who "knows" sports think they can/should do it, including my dumbass self.

GM-Carson said...

It still amazes me how many people do NOT think Manuel is a complete schmuck of a coach. People are yapping about Manager of the Year again...what the f--k?!

The Rev said...

Let's look at some facts about Ryan Howard...

Couldn't hit Major League pitching... well, through last year he was pitiful against left handers. We all knew this. If you can't hit left handers, it does make hitting Major League pitching kinda tough. So perhaps the scouts had a point at the time. But I will say that the fact that he hits them well now is a testament to Ryan Howard's committment to getting better.

And the fact is that Ryan Howard is limited in the field. We know they tried to make him an outfielder and it failed. There's only one position he can play and that's first. And he has some troubles there. It does make a scout want to say that he can't play well. Actually, I might even go as far as to say it was initially justified.

Investing in Jim Thome is totally justified. The reason it failed eventually was more due to injuries last year.

And let me throw this out there... if they had brought Ryan Howard up earlier, there's a shot they might have even ruined him. I think that part of the reason he is so successful this season is because of the new atmosphere that Pat Gillick has created. Most everyone on the team is benefitting from the atmosphere, unless your name is Pat Burrell. Three years ago, he would have had to play under Larry Bowa more, and Bowa does not handle young players well. It's a proven thing.

And Ed Wade proved a long tme ago that he couldn't build around a player. So that building thing Stephen A speaks of really was never a sure thing of happening as long as Ed Wade was around. He couldn't build around Jim Thome. What makes you think he could have built around Howard?

I don't know if Howard is arbitration eligible or not. I knw he's a long way away from free agency. But I wonder if he could get an arbitration date. He certainly deserves good money.

But at the same time, I would want to see Howard sustain this next season before I committ tens of millions to him long term. I'm interested to see how he adjusts to pitchng now that they are pitching around him much more and would be likely to do it for a whole season.

Yeah, Stephen A looked bad this time.

dane said...

good analysis. i wish i would have heard the clip. stephen a smith makes an ass out of himself again and again but ESPN keeps putting him on TV. its unfortunate because his 15 minutes of fame is long over

GM-Carson said...

Howard has been flailing at lefties pitches again, but overall he's hit them decently. Sure he'd rather see a righty up there, but at least he can handle himself against most lefties, while still flexing his muscles sometimes.

BENTZ said...

If you read the articles in the Inquirer, Stephen A. Smith HATES the Phillies. Actually I think he hates baseball in general. I hate to bring race into it, but I think he believes baseball is not an African-American sport. Funny though that the Phillies have two of the premier African-American players in baseball (Rollins/Howard). Imagine if Stephen A. worked in Houston, who I do not believe has an African-American on the roster and often goes with an all-white lineup (if Tavares sits).

GM-Carson said...

Bentz- I've brought up the subject of blacks in baseball on here before and the numbers don't lie...not many compared to latinos and whites are in MLB. Sad but true. Baseball needs to be brought back in full-effect in the cities.

David said...

And let me throw this out there... if they had brought Ryan Howard up earlier, there's a shot they might have even ruined him.

I agree with this. Looking at Howard's year-by-year numbers through his pro career, he kept getting better. He never repeated a level, and each time he moved up, he showed something he hadn't at his previous stop--whether it was hitting for average, drawing walks, or (at MLB) hitting lefties.

The team handled him exceptionally well. Hindsight's easy, but going back to winter 2002 it would have been the depths of idiocy to pass up Thome because of an over-age, overweight kid who'd put up good numbers in the Sally League.

Something else: I know this site isn't high on Cholly, but Howard really began to blow up (in '03) around when Manuel was hired as a roving minor league hitting instructor. Given what he and other young/inexperienced players have done this year for the Phils, it seems illogical (not to mention ungenerous) not to give Manuel some credit there.

Oh, and Stephen A. is a horse's rear, and I think a Yankmes fan too.

DalaiLama said...

Stephen A. Smith, is a long winded, bumbling idiot. He speaks in his patented, condescending tone with his (Jackie Chan on an Ether binge) hand gyrations, only to distract the viewer from the verbal diarrhea that flows from his lips. I think that he tries to impose a clearly fabricated television ego on unexpecting viewers. To this I say, Stephen A., you missed a few points. First, the current managment was not there in Philly when Howard was in the minor leagues. Second, he went (i think) in the seventh round of the Draft. It is not like the Phillies were the only team to not fully estimate his potential. If that many teams pass you up through the first six rounds then there are legitimate questions. Stephen, maybe you should devote your entire program, whatever the heck it is called to denegrating the entire major leagues for their idiocy. Go ahead and tell them just how stupid they all are and how smart you are. And while your at it, why dont you mention that the Twins got rid of Big Papi, or how stupid every team was to let Dan Uggla go undrafted. Stephen A. doesnt have a point. He simply feeds off fabricated conroversies so he does not look like the imbesile that he really is.

S. Boehler said...

First of all, I already knew Steven A Smith is the dumbest person on the planet. The only sport he knows about is basketball..he doesn't know crap about the other 3, so when he makes comments on them, I tend to not listen.

One point that he made that I agree with is how the Phillies didn't realize they had this guy in the minors. I only heard about him in 2004 when I was reading a story mid-season that he was looking to crush minor league homerun records. The other stuff is ridiculous.

One thing I think you may find during your research is that other teams were on the fence if he was really going to be any good. That is good news for us, because Ed Wade would have gave him away for a pitcher or 2 that wouldn't even been here anymore two years ago.

S. Boehler said...

One note to Rev. Smokin Steve, Gillick didn't fire Bowa and hire Manuel, Wade did. Remember this is only Gillick's first season as GM.

GM-Carson said...

What Stephen A. Smith says is stupid. That's the bottom line. Yes, the Phillies at one time were entertaining the notion of dealing Howard, but that's because they had a 500 homerun hitting firstbaseman ahead of thim. I never remember them questioning his work ethic or if he'd be a good hitter or not, as Smith is putting words in the organization's mouth.

Other points- Thome signing meant sense at the time. He helped bring enthusiam back to a beleaguered fanbase.

Smith only points out two 50 homerun hitters (George Foster and Cecil Fielder...they're both black and that's no coincidence!). Smith is a reverse racist himself...shame on him for perpetuating stereotypes of his people.

As far as the payday Howard deserves...well he can have the candy bar and that's it, because his payday isn't due to him yet because of service time. I want the Phils to lock him up and pay him handsomely, but keep him on the cheap while possible.

Man, between Smith's comments and philliesphan phorum today...I'm fired up!

~Carson

GM-Carson said...

By the way- I guess we have to give Manuel and Stevie A. Smith an I.Q. test to really "measure" who is more dumb. But then Smith may pull the race card and claim that the I.Q. test is biased.

Screw all this bullcrap...Let's Go Phils! Tonight's game is huge, could mean even ground again or making distance.

Maria said...

I tend to listen but not react to what Stephen A. Smith says. He'll either pull out the race card or just be a dumbass. Sometimes both. Ryan Howard is not overdue either. He's done it for one 1.5 seasons, let's wait until next year.

GM-Carson said...

what do I know though, I'm just "the man" keeping Stevie boy "down".

Oisín/Wizlah said...

Ugh. now that I got to hear that shite, it just reminds me why I don't need to pay attention to the man. DQ, I'm not surprised he got you riled. Excuse the language, but as I'm fond of saying, that's some bollix he's talking.

BENTZ said...

This home plate umpire is afraid to call strike three - these walks should be strike outs...5-4, Houston...ugghhhhh

BloodStripes said...

Add him to the ass-clown list DQ.

BloodStripes said...

I am trying to make sense of this game in an internet cafe that wont allow gamecast or gameday to work. 1 run down, top of the order to bat. 1 baserunner will bring Ryano to the plate and I'm thinking he will walk. Conine for a walkoff hit? Talk to me phanatics!

BloodStripes said...

Bummer. A good streak comes to an end.

BENTZ said...

Bad loss.

No way to really sugarcoat it. 5 out of 7 in this homestand is really good. It just might not be enough. Funny how one game makes you doubt everything you've seen over the past five. Hopefully it works the same way that loss at home vs. the Cubs did - or the response after the loss in Atlanta when they went and swept the Astros in Houston.

I have a bad feeling of how this is going to turn out...regardless, go Phils!

Whelkman said...

David,

Other posters have consistently stated that Manuel is serviceable as a hitting coach. I agree that his chummy attitude may have a positive impact on the club. However, managing the team and cheering up players and showing them how to hit utilize different skill sets. Manuel just isn't intelligent enough for the job, and I don't understand how this acknowledgement isn't prevalent.

GM-Carson said...

Whelkman- you said it buddy! Manuel would be a great hitting instructor, just not the man in charge.

Phils lose a tough game. Bullpen's inability to throw strikes and once again poor situational hitting doomed us.

MrPhillySucks said...

Has Deadspin picked up on this yet? They HATE Stephen A. Smith over there.

Only thing worse than SAS is the goofy random IMs I get from philly 'fans'. They perpetuate the stigma of what a philly fan is every time they open their mouths (or type in this case).

Fat Ted said...

Disgrace to philly sports

GM-Carson said...

I think we finally found something that can unite the Philly sportsphere...Stephen A. Smith's dumbass comments have brought everyone together, ain't hatred a weird and lovely thing?!