No Need To Panic — It’s Tim, Not Joe

I was cruising around Facebook one night — just like most college students these days, it seems — and I came across a post by Dante Geoffrey on Seed Spitters regarding Tim Lincecum and his contract.

My first thought was, “Well, why is this even relevant right now?”

So I looked through the post. And I saw this:

And then, this, from Jon Heyman at CBSSports.com:

Tim Lincecum doesn’t look like he’s going to be a quick sign. The Giants offered Lincecum at least $100 million over five years a couple months back, but word is, they are at least $75 million apart, with Lincecum looking for a deal of seven or eight years;

Oh. Fudge.

First of all, Jon Heyman’s analysis is not something that should be taken seriously. Ever.

I mean, there’s his ridiculous comments about A.J. Burnett, as documented by Spreadin’ the News. Which just goes to show how, outside of news being reported, he’s not really a credible analyst.

There was also Heyman’s 2010 Hall of Fame ballot that Craig Calcaterra wrote about. Now, if you know anything about baseball analysis, Calcaterra is definitely one of the go-to guys for anything baseball — whether it be analysis or not.

As Calcaterra wrote:

Jon Heyman just tweeted his Hall of Fame ballot: Roberto Alomar, Barry Larkin, Don Mattingly, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker and Tim Raines. I guess Jeff Bagwell does’t count for anything, but we’ll leave that to another post.

You cannot, however, vote for Jack Morris and not vote for Bert Blyleven.

And he’s right. How do you not vote for Bert Blyleven if you vote for Jack Morris? That’s not even comprehensible.

So in short: don’t even trust any comment Heyman makes. (And trust Calcaterra.)

Back to the Seed Spitters post:

Extending they’re contracts was always just a matter of picking a day and time when everyone could get together and sign some paperwork and drink tea and smile about how being a Giant for your entire career is the greatest thing ever.

I’m a grammarian. So, WRONG USE OF THEIR/THEY’RE. Good grief. If people want to take this seriously and you’re actually putting a lot of weight on something Jon Heyman said, at least get grammar right.

When Lincecum signed his two year, $23 million extension a couple years ago I remember thinking, “Two years? He’ll only be 27 at the end of that contract.”

Nope. It wasn’t an extension. It was a deal that avoided arbitration. Lincecum was under team control until 2013. They just merely avoided arbitration. But I see that people still don’t understand how arbitration works.

And the two year/$40.5 million deal that was made official on Jan 30 bought out his arb years.

Clearly, there’s a lot of flaws in this alleged “fact.”

Oh, and this!

Point is, this should be a non-issue right now. The Giants could have saved themselves a lot of money and I could have saved mself a lot of stress had this gotten done in 2010.

And it is a non-issue. No one has really been talking about it since spring training has started. It’s like beating the Crazy Crab to the ground.

But let’s also talk about the Giants’ residential lives.

Lincecum, while always being called a perfect fit for San Francisco (he has long hair, it’s perfect!) may not be as married to the city as it is to him. Cain has always reportedly loved The City, though his recent real estate move has caused quite a stir.

So a lot of players commute. Hey, Madison Bumgarner seems to love San Francisco, but I’m pretty sure he still has that farm in North Carolina. But in any case, what does owning property have to do with contracts? Especially when the player is still under team control?

Let’s look at the logistics of this: if a player has gone through the minor leagues — and I’m sure they all have been there at one point — they shuffle around from town to town and don’t really have a set place to live. During the season, ballplayers go from city to city. It’s part of, oh, I don’t know, baseball. Where they live during the season or the offseason doesn’t matter at all because there is so much traveling going on in the middle of the year. Can we focus on the game here?

Baseball is a business and we’ve seen loyalties during contract negotiations corrode faster than Freddy Sanchez’s shoulders. It all comes down to money. Blah blah blah we all know this. So maybe everyone’s just playing hard to get and once the millions are negotiated everything will calm down.

Or spring training is in full swing and it’s not really hot stove season anymore, so you’re a bit late on the talk.

In any case, Geoffrey’s blog post has so many flaws and holes where the plot just falls through. It also really needs a copy editor and a fact checker. And a good ol’ dose of Get-With-The-Times-And-Stop-Thinking-It’s-Hot-Stove-Season medicine.

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