Off He Goes

There are 750 active players on Major League Baseball rosters. 30 teams, consisting of 25 players. With such a large number of players, there are bound to be a few bad apples in the mix. Alex Rodriguez, A.J. Pierzynski, & Carlos Gomez come to mind as being world class jerks. Unfortunately, it’s these guys that tend to get the attention of the media. Steroids, pimping homeruns, initiating bench clearing brawls, are just a few of the “contributions” that these guys make to the league. I cringe whenever these guys are on the news getting the headlines that have little to do with the game of baseball.

The reason for dusting of thefoulline.com keyboard on a random Sunday in February, is that one of the true good guys in sports has made the decision to step away from the game today. Ryan Dempster chose today to not play baseball in 2014, and forfeit his 13 million dollar salary, citing physical & personal issues. Dempster could have easily just gone on the disabled list, and try and figure out how to spend the millions of dollars coming to him in unearned salary.

Ryan Dempster epitomized mediocrity during his 16 year career. This is evident by his 132-133 win/loss record. But, he was always an affable, hard nosed, competitor that was genuine role model to the kids that watch the game.

All signs are pointing to him retiring from baseball. If so, I’m glad that I was able to see him play a season for the Red Sox. I appreciate the respect he showed for the game, when he drilled A-Rod last year. But, I’m most happy that he was finally able to win a World Series, in what might be his final season.

It’s about time the good guy finished first.

15 Responses to “Off He Goes”

  1. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    His Harry Caray is still 2nd to none. “Derek Jeter with his 300th hit! Congratulations! That’s twice as many as 1500!”

    His plunking of A Rod last year is still one of my favorite moments of the entire 2013 season.

    The Braves have now locked up Freddie Freeman, Julio Teheran, and Craig Kimbrel, all in the span of a week. All three players combined don’t even come close to Albert Pujols’s contract. There’s a reason the Braves have been contenders for 25 years running.

    Wil Myers was the first Rays player to report to camp. I love it. He’s ready to work and improve. He’ll be making a run at 35 HRs.

    So glad to see thefoulline.com back in action. You’ve discovered the secret Dave… We’ve been trying to tell you… Shorter posts, but more often! Writing a post shouldn’t take anymore then 10 minutes off your busy schedule unless it’s a special post!

  2. Dave Says:

    By this time next week, no one is going to remember Ryan Dempster and the 27 million he’s leaving on the table. The focus will be on the juicier stories of Spring Training; Ryan Braun, Pujols foot, Mashiro Tanaka… Maybe we should have a better appreciation for a guy that never took his career in baseball for granted.

  3. Allan Says:

    Well said.

  4. Dave Says:

    Thanks guys… We’ll meet in the middle Dan, I’ll keep my writing to no more then an hour per post . Except for the good ones that is…

  5. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    An hour he says!

  6. Dave Says:

    Deal?

  7. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    We just want more posts, so we can keep the conversations flowing. If you want to make them an hour, that seems like alot of work!

  8. Dave Says:

    It’s quicker than normal…

  9. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    No wonder you don’t have time to write! You make it an all day activity!

  10. Dave Says:

    It’s the damn titles that take all the time!

  11. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Trivia: Guess who just downloaded the Fantasy Alarm Ray Flowers 2014 draft guide?

  12. Dave Says:

    Haha! Honestly, I do the opposite of any Ray Flowers advice…

  13. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    These player rankings are the closest thing to what my actual rankings would be. It doesn’t have the ridiculous rankings like CBS does, such as having Alex Rios and Jayson Werth in the top 20 players.

  14. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    What do you guys think of Ubaldo? Will he survive in the AL East?

  15. Dave Says:

    I’ve never been a Ubaldo fan.. He pitched well last year in Cleveland, but he’s not a guy I want on my team.

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