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Last off season, the Chicago White Sox traded away one of their (I thought) best utility players in Ross Gload to Kansas City in exchange for relief pitcher Andrew Sisco.

The move was a basic get-me-some-pitching trade on behalf of the Sox. As you may recall, the bullpen was the only part of the Chicago team that passed with flying colors in our off season testing.

Anyway, Gload was great. He was the second coming of Tony Graffanino, another super-sub that at one point was dubbed the boss-sisco.jpgman’s favorite player (ironically, Graffanino was also traded away to the Royals).

For Sisco, the move way from KC came as a relief. Recently, he took the time to share some of his … uhm… “fond” memories of getting a shot to play in the majors in KC:

”It was always hard for me to be there,” Sisco said of the constant losing. ”And I don’t care what anyone said — if you didn’t think that way, you were being unrealistic. There’s always that few that would say, ‘This is our year.’ No, no. Especially when we didn’t make a move to change our personnel and were the same team.

Well that’s not necessarily surprising. We all know the Royals strive to hover around 60 or 70 wins a year. But Sisco has a bone to pick with the owners.

”I like being on a team that likes to win, plays together. It makes it kind of hard when you didn’t have a chance day in and day out. I don’t even blame it on any one person on the team. I blame it on management. They’re not putting the best product on the field. They’re making plenty of money in the collective-bargaining agreement and in turn not putting it into the product they put on the field.”

Sisco, 24, said a main reason no one speaks out is that the Royals’ roster is typically made up of young players.

”My first year, I was just trying to establish myself and get my feet in the door,” he said. ”But by the second year, you kind of have an idea of what’s going on and start thinking about what we should be doing and could be doing.

We all know where Sisco is coming from. A group of monkeys could run the Royals better than whoever is in charge over there now. But I’m not sure that bashing your old team is cool. Imagine Johnny Damon, or Carlos Beltran, or even Jermaine Dye saying all this. Kids these days just don’t earn their stripes (you know, if the Royals wore stripes).

Now that Sisco is back in town for a two-game series, the Royals will have a chance to put him in his place. Though, more likely, he’ll dominate the lowly Royals hitters and receive only a mild reaction from the fans.

13 Responses to “Nothing but good times? Not for Sisco… he’s glad ‘he gone’”

  1. Sarah Green says:

    Nick, this is silly. The Marlins have no fans. Why? Because the good people of Florida have no opportunity to get to know any of their heroes, because by the time the team is good enough to finally catch anyone’s eye, they’re on the other side of the Series and selling off any reasonably recognizable player. It’s like the guys in the front office are a bunch of geeks taking the team apart and putting it back together just to see if they can. I think Coley did that with a bike once. What’s okay for a ten-speed is not okay for a baseball team. In fact, it’s amoral and wrong.

  2. Nick Kapur says:

    They don’t sell off *every* recognizable player. Just the aging, overpriced, and over-valued veterans. This is why they kept young rising stars Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrerra, despite the deluge of trade offers.

    That’s what is smart. Most World Series teams feel obligated to resign their most aged and declining veterans. But the Marlins start fresh so they can win again faster. They would not have won in 2003 if not for the 1997 fire sale, and the Marlins are second only to the Yankees in World Series titles the past 15 years.

    I mean, players move around so much now anyhow. The Dodgers have only a single player left on the roster from 2004! Only one! And that’s not really even that rare anymore.

    That’s why everyone was talking about how there will be no more Cal Ripken Jrs or Tony Gwynns staying with one team their whole careers anymore. Players are always jumping around these days. At least the Marlins get boatloads of hot prospects in exchange.

    The reason the Marlins have no fans is that their stadium completely sucks in every way. Sure, the fire sales don’t help with fan loyalty, but when they get a new stadium, I’m pretty sure they won’t have to have these fire sales anymore. But my point is that given the Major League’s worst revenue stream, the way the Marlins do it is the smart way. Their way is so much better than the Pirates of the late 1990s who had the league’s lowest payroll back then, but spent most of it on aging veterans like Pat Meares, Mike Benjamin, and Kevin Young. Those were “recognizable players” one and all, but youth is so much more exciting!

    What’s not to love about Hanley Ramirez, Miguel Cabrerra, Dan Uggla, Josh Willingham, Mike Jacobs, Dontrelle Willis, Josh Johnson, and Anibel Sanchez? I’m glad there is a team out there that is giving guys like these a chance to play rather than just blocking them with “experienced veterans” the way all the other teams would do.

  3. I totally agree. As a Marlins fan from Miami, I’m with their program. I think Beinfest does an EXCELLENT job of heading that organization and is a superb talent evaluator. He knows that you can consistently be competitive in baseball with good pitching and he is more than willing to give up over-valued vets for some good, young arms. As a REAL Marlins fan and a tremendous baseball fan, I have absolutely no problem with rebuilding every few years if I can have a legitimate shot to win a World Series every 5 years or so. I’ve already experienced TWO in my lifetime and there’s not a whole lot of people that can say that.

  4. Another reason the Marlins have a small fanbase is because here in Florida, there is little to no emphasis on Baseball. I was raised a football fan, and basically grew up thinking baseball wasn’t a sport. The only reason I follow it at all, nowadays, is because my girlfriend is from Boston.

    (Of course, the Marlins could try to appeal to more Cuban fans to solve that problem)

  5. I wish the Pirates would do this. Have a payroll of like 15 mill every year for about 4 years. That would be 30 mill from the luxury tax going into an account each year (earning interest even). Then the 5th year, spend the regular 15 mill PLUS that saved up 120 mill on payroll and win the world series. within a week after the season, completely dismantle the team and start the process over again. That way instead of soon to be 15 consecutive losing seasons, we’d have 12 losing seasons and three world championships.

  6. Yea, they could try to appeal to the Hispanic fans, in general, but they’d need to get off the Dade/Broward line at Dolphin Stadium. They could perhaps do that if they moved south but then they’d lose a lot of those richer Broward fans. Hard to say what would work.

    But yea, with So. Fla. sports it’s always tough. The fanbase is hard to tie down other than the Dolphins/Canes since there are so many distractions. It’s a beautiful city with beautiful women – why hang out in a fuckin’ stadium when you’ve got that all around you? haha

  7. Hey Nick, the Marlins haven’t traded Willis and Cabrera yet because they are still making little in terms of their value. Give it a year or two and Willis will be gone. And while that would be a huge blow, Willis leaving is ok. If they ever move Miguel Cabrera, they will have failed at life. That’s a very special player that doesn’t come around very often.

    Just like Hanley, Hermida, Willingham, Sanchez and Olsen. They won’t be making major dollars for another 3-4 years, thats why they won’t be going anywhere either.

    Now imagine if the Marlins had a decent owner instead of a cheapskate. They could have a dynasty at somepoint, on their hands (atleast talent wise)

  8. A look at the Marlins attendance history, when adjusted for winning seasons, shows that the fire sales have had minimal impact on attendance. Which makes sense as the first one happened 5 years after the franchise’s birth and 2 years after building a competitive team. And the next one happened 2 years after their second championship and building of competitive clubs that failed to win or increase attendance.

  9. Adam, the Pirates do something similar to that. To date, the Pirates have been the only team to be found using net revenue sharing transfers (luxury tax goes towards league expenditures) towards purposes they were not intended for. McClatchey was paying down stadium debt with them. While it appears the Marlins are increasing their investment in scouting and development, both players and their new stadium.

  10. TV Ratings says:

    To let everyone know, there is a fan base for baseball in Miami, MLB wouldn’t be down here if there wasn’t. Just look to the TV ratings the Marlins are the top 10 at last check in ratings and that was last YEAR!!! Just b/c no one goes to the stadium doesn’t mean there aren’t fans.

  11. The actual location of the stadium IS a problem. As for trying to reach the Hispanic fans… it’s a tricky deal. Bear in mind Miami is a town that’s all about bandwagon jumping. It took Shaq to actually fill up the AA during the regular season. The year before his arrival, when Lamar Odom, Caron Butler, Damon Jones and rookie Dwayne Wade made it to the second round of the playoffs? You could still find empty seats at the home games.

    Also, this town is all about seeing and being seen. If you want to see some jaw-dropping babes at a sports venue you just have to hang around Bayside Marketplace after a Heat playoff game. The sport becomes an event, one that leads to subsequent fine dining, cubs and bars. Dolphin Stadium’s location prevents you from doing all that, there’s no place worth going in the vicinity.

    My solution? Do some serious ass, Netherlands-caliber hydraulic engineering and build on land reclaimed from the sea, smack in the middle of friggin’ South Beach! Connect the ball park to the mainland with a nice bridge/boardwalk/promenade. As it is right now, I attend 20 to 25 Marlins games a year. With my waterbound park? I WOULD MOVE THERE!

  12. Sarah Green says:

    Funny you should bring up Gload. Nick and I just spent a pleasant evening mocking his name. It sounds like something gross.

    “Dude, I just coughed up a Gload. Nast.”

    “Ew, I’m all covered in Gload!”

    “It burns when I pee. I think I must have the Gload.”

  13. Bob Straughn says:

    I think it’s funny how this is posted.

    Royals 11, White Sox 1.

    Not sure who the “lowly” hitters in that game were.

    Oh and for Sisco,

    the “one guy” that he can’t blame the losing on could be himself. He posts a 7.00+ ERA and is complaining about management? please. he just sucks.

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