50 words or less …. Orioles are paying Bobby Bonilla more than Zach Britton

May 16, 2011 |

Another weekend comes and goes, which means we’re still alive to look forward to the week ahead. A great sports week on tap? You bet …..

The Orioles will be playing the Red Sox and Yankees. The Preakness hype builds thru Friday. And, the NFL season is a little closer.

Okay, so 2 out of 3 ain’t bad, huh? By the way, today’s title is not misleading, just read to the very end …..
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The Better Pitcher
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When the Orioles put a wrap on this brief two-game trip to Boston, tomorrow, they’ll be sending their most effective pitcher to the mound. Zach Britton owns a 5-2 record, with a 2.40 ERA and 1.019 WHIP. And, he has been dominating against some very good lineups.

Meanwhile, this evening, Britton’s contemporary begins his road back to the birds rotation. In a much smaller venue, 454 miles from Fenway Park, Brian Matusz will pitch for the Frederick Keys, tonight. If everything goes as hoped, he’ll make a start at Norfolk, before joining the Orioles before month’s end.

A year ago, Matusz owned a 2-3 record with a 4.18 ERA. And, Britton was anchoring the Bowie Baysox staff. Who’s the better pitcher? Time will tell …. but it’s a great question to consider.
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What’s The Big Deal?
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Unless you spent the weekend tucked away in a remote wilderness campsite, there’s a great chance you’ve already heard about the Jorge Posada vs. Yankees domestic quabble.

Can you think of a more meaningless situation?

A 39 year old DH, who happens to be hitting .165 was pissed to be batting ninth. Hey, the Newark Bears can use a 40-ish catcher, with a slow bat, to sell tickets.
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Legally Dumb
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I cannot claim responsibility for this topic, as my good friend, Trevor Taylor, posed it on Facebook …..

What’s the big deal with these Kardashian sisters? Yep, they’re smokin’ hot – albeit with much more junk in the trunk than Rex Snider prefers. But, can they act, sing, dance (not on a pole ….) or write from a creative standpoint?

Nope. Their claim to fame, to date, is evidently tied to attracting pro athletes for courtship and beyond. Only in America …. go get ‘em girls !!!!
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Concrete Love
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Matt Kenseth is a Sprint Cup Series champion, and in yesterday’s victory, he claimed the 20th win of his career. A surprise? No, not really. He’s among the dozen drivers reasonably capable of winning each week …..

AND, HE ABSOLUTELY LOVES DOVER.

Yesterday’s race featured the likely observation throughout much of the 400 miles, as Jimmie Johnson led most of the race. But, Kenseth used some pit strategy and his love for the unique concrete surface to tame the Monster Mile.

Kenseth is a good citizen and representative for NASCAR. But, the guy honestly has ZERO personality. Thus, yesterday’s win won’t help sell tickets – and that’s a sobering reality.
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10 Days & Counting
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Well, it’s been quite a while since I counted down the days to a movie’s release. In fact, the last such occasion was when I welcomed the debut of “Dumb & Dumber 2″, back in 2003.

We know how that trainwreck unfolded. It was one of only a few movies that inspired me to walk out of the theatre.

Trust me, this won’t happen when “The Hangover Part II” floods cinemas, next Thursday. I will take delight in the juvenile humor …. my wife will “ooh and ahh” at every onscreen action by Bradley Cooper …. and the entire world pretty much believes the sequel will be half as entertaining as the original.

And that’s good enough for me …..
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Money For Nuthin’
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It’s already good to stand in the shoes of Bobby Bonnilla, but it’s about to be even better …..

In the near future, Bonilla will start cashing in on his deferred deals with the Mets and Orioles. That’s right, he hasn’t played in a decade …. but, beginning next month, Bobby-Bo will start cashing annual paychecks of $1.2 million from the Mets and $500,000 from the Orioles.

Peter Angelos is only on the hook for 5 years, whereas, the Mets are compelled to honor Bonilla’s yearly stipend for the next 25 years. In total, the Mets will pay their former slugger nearly $30 million, by 2035.

How badly did the Mets want rid of Bobby Bonilla, in 2000? Well, they deferred $5.9 million and worked out this new deal, just to sever ties. A bad deal? Well, it is time to start paying that tab, huh?

I’ll chat with you today at 2pm …..

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