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Sunday, February 20, 2005

Dumbest comment of 2005 

From Phil Rogers in the Chicago Tribune...

In a column on unsung players, he leads off by listing Mike Young, which is reasonable...but then he goes on to say, "The guy who took over for Alex Rodriguez in Texas is almost as good as A-Rod without the huge salary or massive ego."

Even the most unabashed Mike Young fans can't say, with a straight face, that he is "almost as good" as Alex Rodriguez...there's not a facet of the game where Young is almost as good as ARod. This is tantamount to saying that Kevin Mench is "almost as good" as Barry Bonds...while Young is a very good player, he's not close to being that sort of elite player, and to claim otherwise is either lazy journalism or outright stupidity.


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"there's not a facet of the game where Young is almost as good as ARod. This is tantamount to saying that Kevin Mench is 'almost as good' as Barry Bonds"

While obviously Young isn't anywhere near Rodriguez's level, he's obviously much closer to him than Mench is to Bonds. Young's an All-Star and had over 200 hits for the second consecutive year. Mench hasn't proven much at all yet besides he can put up 20-25 HR's in a season. He hasn't even had a full season in the field in the past couple years. And Bonds' numbers are superior to those of Rodriguez. So saying Mench is 'almost as good' as Bonds is a hell of a lot more far off than saying Young is 'almost as good' as Rodriguez is.
 
Heh .. I agree there's no real comparison, but if the ripping of Young is just a habit, rather than reinforcement of how stupid the column is, it's a bit severe. Young is light years closer to A-Rod than Mench to Bonds. But the infatuation some writers have with Young is a bit over the top. Glad he's a Ranger, though, and not kicking our collective butts.
 
Not saying Young is almost as good as A-Rod, although I may think he is closer in talent than you do, but you have to admit as well that A-Rod is not 22.5 million dollars a year better than Young. Even the most unabashed A-Rod fans would admit that.
 
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