(WSCR) Phil Rogers, you did it again.
For the second week in a row, Rogers has won Crap of the Week.
This from Farmio’s Furbush.
This crap goes out to Phil Rogers. In his ridiculous column Tuesday about Rudy Jaramillo, he subtly jabs that the Cubs replacing Jaramillo with a relative unknown is the wrong choice. Nevermind that while he mentions James Rowson’s nondescript playing career as a minor leaguer, he completely glosses over the same nondescript minor league career for Jaramillo…but that isn’t even his biggest offense in the story.
In the story, Rogers writes the following:
“He (Jaramillo) had more to do with Rafael Palmeiro’s greatness than anything Palmeiro thought was B-12”
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Wow, Phil, that’s really insightful. However, you seem to gloss over a bit of detail, namely that Rudy Jaramillo wasn’t Palmeiro’s hitting coach until 1999, when Palmeiro was 34 years old. By that point in his career, Palmeiro had hit at least 38 home runs each of the previous four seasons, and had five seasons of 37+ homers already. His OPS had been over .900 six of the previous 8 seasons. I would say that Palmeiro was already a pretty established 12-year veteran hitter when Jaramillo got his hands on him.
Instead, perhaps the next part of your column tells the story…you know, the part where you talk about Jaramillo’s affect on some of Rafi’s teammates, and others…including Juan Gone, A-Rod, Pudge Rodriguez, Jeff Bagwell…right, Phil…no suspicions there.
It amazes me that, after all we have learned the past few years, a so-called baseball expert can still put, on paper, something to this effect. At age 34, an age where most “clean” athletes begin to slow down, Palmeiro (a proven steroid user) enters a locker room full of either known or suspected steroid abusers. Instead of aging naturally, the power numbers stay strong until age 38. Is it the hitters park? The lineup around him? The hitting coach? Or…is it what he later was found guilty of doing?
I’m not saying that Jaramillo did nothing to help Palmeiro, or any of the others…or that some of the other factors I listed had nothing to do with his success. What I am saying is that by brazenly declaring that Jaramillo did more for a 34 year old man (with an accomplished big league career well before they ever met) than the steroids he was proven to have used, you do nothing more than insult the intelligence of your dwindling readership, and sound like a massively naive tool. Phil Rogers, who you crappin?