Oh, Erik

Everyone else is talking about it, and I’m putting off homework today so…

Seriously, is there any other player that has been on this team in recent years that is quite as polarizing as Erik Bedard? Either you really like him or you just hate him. I’m in the first camp, and some of the reasons for that stem from the fact that I’ve been told so often that I should be in the second. I’m stubborn that way.

But the fact of the matter is, Erik Bedard -when healthy and active- is one of the best pitchers in the game. Unfortunately for us, he hasn’t been healthy and active for the majority of his time here in Seattle. A lot of people choose to hold that against him, and I think those people are silly. Blame the guy who signed him to a multi-million dollar deal without thoroughly checking into his health records (ask an Orioles fan, they’ll tell you he had issues before he got here); don’t hate the player, hate the game. But people will choose to be angry at him because they need something to be angry about, even with all the other improvements that have been made thus far – it completely stuns me, but it’s absolutely true. Fans are funny that way.

I find myself torn with all the recent discussion about signing him to a high-incentive one year deal. I like Erik Bedard – there is little that will change that; but I am absolutely terrified that he will break again, and I don’t know if it’s worth it, for lack of a better phrase. I mean, I know he’s “worth it”, but it seems like a massive risk to me; we’ve gone through this twice now, I don’t know if the third time is necessarily a charm. If Bedard was healthy, a Felix/Lee/Bedard/Rowland-Smith punch would be absolutely unstoppable – and I would love every minute of it – and from what I understand, we’re responsible for his rehab until he’s shiny and new anyway, so he’s ours until May/June whether anyone likes it or not. I find myself wondering if there is anything that our staff could do (ala’ Ian Snell’s foot) that might help him throw differently or hold himself differently to avoid some of the strain he’s been putting on himself to wind up injured to begin with. It seems like our pitching staff has a knack for correcting the wrongs (getting Jarrod Washburn to, as he said on Brock & Salk, stick his butt out a little in the windup to improve his throw), and I’d like to see what they can do with him in addition to the giant pile of awesome that he already is when he’s feeling good.

Well, look at that…I think I may have just talked myself into a ‘yay’ for this idea.

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9 Responses to Oh, Erik

  1. Bart's Evil Twin says:

    I think the M’s should sign Bedard for $1-2 million with significant incentives for innings pitched. Even though he probably won’t be healthy until the second half of the season, it would be pretty impressive to have a rotation of Felix / Lee / RRS / Bedard / 5th starter.

  2. Lonnie says:

    Hey!

    I just wanted to say that you are a great addition to the greater Seattle Sports blog-o-sphere! I love your take on things since they reflect my own in so many ways. I’ve got a link up to your site now over at the MC… I should have done that last year!

    Lonnie

  3. James says:

    Just found your blog via a tweet from metsgrrl. I basically stopped by to say enjoy watching Chone Figgins. We’re going to miss him in Anaheim. The M’s seem to be every analysts’ favorite flavor this year and I do hope your team does well. Second place would be nice πŸ˜‰

    Love your stadium – my wife and I visited in Aug. 2007 (Angels swept the M’s).

    Nice blog. Keep up the great work.

    • section331 says:

      The Angels do love their brooms! πŸ™‚

      I was totally on y’all’s side for the playoffs this year. A bunch of us were, actually. It just about broke my tiny heart when Scioscia took Lackey off the mound during the Yankees series. Ugh. You guys came back to win it that night, but that moment was so charged – Lackey wanted to get his last out badly, and it was obvious. I was maybe not-so-secretly hoping he’d wind up here in free agency.

      Figgins seems like a great guy – he smiles a lot, and seems really comfortable and happy to be here, and we are certainly glad to have him.

      And thank you for your kind words. Here’s to hoping we all have a good season. πŸ™‚

  4. Slurve says:

    Erik Bedard! Mon Amour! You have returned.

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