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    Jose Guillen goes off

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    Guillen: `I suck’ and am `embarrassed by the money I’m making’ - Kansas City Star

    When Royals outfielder José Guillen goes off, as he did Monday afternoon, he seldom minces words. That didn’t change simply because he chose to go off on the guy in the mirror.

    “I hate making excuses,” he said. “If I suck, then I suck. And I suck. That’s the way I’m playing. If you suck, you suck. You have to take responsibility in this game. Right now, that’s the way I feel.

    “Yes, I suck.”

    “I’m embarrassed by the money that I making,” Guillen said, “and playing the way I’ve been playing. I’ll swear that on my kids’ (lives). I feel very embarrassed.

    “Sometimes, I feel I should take money out of my own pocket and buy tickets for every fan. Because you know what? For a $12 million man, these are not the numbers you should be expecting. I admit it. I’m not playing to my potential.”



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    Re: Jose Guillen goes off

    good for him to man up



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    Re: Jose Guillen goes off

    Know what would be more impressive? If he followed through and bought tickets for every fan. Or agreed to a pay cut. That would be more meaningful than admitting he's overpaid.



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    Re: Jose Guillen goes off

    Until the Royals realize they can't become a winner by over-spending on middle-tier free agents they will always be terrible. The Pirates (my team) have done this for years up until the last two seasons. They are finally investing in the farm system and you can actually see progress. It might not hit the win/loss column this season but it will in the next two years.

    The Florida Marlins are best at what they have to work with. They sell at the absolute height of a guys value for a ton of high ceiling prospects. They (the prospects) might be in the lower minor leagues instead of trading for "major league ready" talent.

    I'm getting so sick of MLB because the bottom dozen or so teams have only a certain window of success. They need their homegrown talent to blossom at the same time and then get the one or two extra chips to make a playoff run. Teams like the Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs, Dodgers, etc. can spend big money on top-tier free agents and it won't kill them if that player busts. It's why the NFL is running laps around MLB...teams in Green Bay and Jacksonville are on the same playing field as teams in New York, Boston, and Chicago.



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    Re: Jose Guillen goes off

    I like it. If more professional athletes were like that.....



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    Re: Jose Guillen goes off

    Quote Originally Posted by AIT View Post
    Know what would be more impressive? If he followed through and bought tickets for every fan. Or agreed to a pay cut. That would be more meaningful than admitting he's overpaid.
    Amen. Talk is cheap, MLB ticket prices aren't.


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    Re: Jose Guillen goes off

    Quote Originally Posted by SC Cy View Post
    Until the Royals realize they can't become a winner by over-spending on middle-tier free agents they will always be terrible. The Pirates (my team) have done this for years up until the last two seasons. They are finally investing in the farm system and you can actually see progress. It might not hit the win/loss column this season but it will in the next two years.

    The Florida Marlins are best at what they have to work with. They sell at the absolute height of a guys value for a ton of high ceiling prospects. They (the prospects) might be in the lower minor leagues instead of trading for "major league ready" talent.

    I'm getting so sick of MLB because the bottom dozen or so teams have only a certain window of success. They need their homegrown talent to blossom at the same time and then get the one or two extra chips to make a playoff run. Teams like the Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs, Dodgers, etc. can spend big money on top-tier free agents and it won't kill them if that player busts. It's why the NFL is running laps around MLB...teams in Green Bay and Jacksonville are on the same playing field as teams in New York, Boston, and Chicago.
    I would say the Twins are better than the Malrins at developing. Having said that, they don't get rid of the same number of guys at the same value, however they do compete almost perennially. They also haven't won a World Series recently as the Marlins have, however, they haven't had the lows and are once again in the hunt for a pennant with a very low payroll and guys they drafted and developed. Look at Carlos Silva. He is with my Mariners and he sucks, all while making 12.5 million. I would say the Twins did well getting rid of him.



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    Re: Jose Guillen goes off

    Guillen sucks and is embarassed about the money he is making?

    I agree completely! 3 years for 12 MM for Guillen? Yet another brilliant move by Dayton Moore.



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    Re: Jose Guillen goes off

    Quote Originally Posted by SC Cy View Post
    Until the Royals realize they can't become a winner by over-spending on middle-tier free agents they will always be terrible. The Pirates (my team) have done this for years up until the last two seasons. They are finally investing in the farm system and you can actually see progress. It might not hit the win/loss column this season but it will in the next two years.

    The Florida Marlins are best at what they have to work with. They sell at the absolute height of a guys value for a ton of high ceiling prospects. They (the prospects) might be in the lower minor leagues instead of trading for "major league ready" talent.

    I'm getting so sick of MLB because the bottom dozen or so teams have only a certain window of success. They need their homegrown talent to blossom at the same time and then get the one or two extra chips to make a playoff run. Teams like the Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs, Dodgers, etc. can spend big money on top-tier free agents and it won't kill them if that player busts. It's why the NFL is running laps around MLB...teams in Green Bay and Jacksonville are on the same playing field as teams in New York, Boston, and Chicago.
    This argument might be valid for being in play-off contention on a consistent basis, but has been pretty soundly defeated for WS titles. How have those big payrolls paid off for the Yankees, Cubs, and Mets lately? Even your "lowly" Pirates have more WS titles (5) then the Cubs (2). Heck, the Red Sox only have 2 more titles (7) in the last 100 years and the Dodgers only have one more (6). The struggles of teams like the Pirates and the Royals are more based on missmanagement then payroll differential. Doesn't look like it is going to turn around any time soon with the Pirates continuing to shed their best and brightest stars for next to nothing (McLouth trade is still puzzling).



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    Re: Jose Guillen goes off

    Quote Originally Posted by Cat4ISU View Post
    I like it. If more professional athletes were like that.....
    Yeah but with Guillen its all talk. Last year he would ***** out his teammates for the way they played.... then not hustle on ground balls, or run hard for balls in the outfield, etc.



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    Re: Jose Guillen goes off

    Quote Originally Posted by yaman3 View Post
    I would say the Twins are better than the Malrins at developing. Having said that, they don't get rid of the same number of guys at the same value, however they do compete almost perennially. They also haven't won a World Series recently as the Marlins have, however, they haven't had the lows and are once again in the hunt for a pennant with a very low payroll and guys they drafted and developed. Look at Carlos Silva. He is with my Mariners and he sucks, all while making 12.5 million. I would say the Twins did well getting rid of him.

    I agree that the Twins (and even the Indians) do things the right way. The Twins are certainly more level in terms of peaks and valleys. I think the Marlins are on a different level because they have won a two World Series in the past dozen or so years. I'd rather the Cyclones suck for five years but on the sixth year have them win the National Championship. I think all teams should strive for winning it all. That's where the Marlins have become so successful.



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    Re: Jose Guillen goes off

    Quote Originally Posted by CloneIce View Post
    Yeah but with Guillen its all talk. Last year he would ***** out his teammates for the way they played.... then not hustle on ground balls, or run hard for balls in the outfield, etc.
    Agreed. Talk is cheap. If he really meant it....he'd be giving some of his money back.Now that would be something.


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    Re: Jose Guillen goes off

    Quote Originally Posted by CloneIce View Post
    Yeah but with Guillen its all talk. Last year he would ***** out his teammates for the way they played.... then not hustle on ground balls, or run hard for balls in the outfield, etc.
    In that case...he sucks.



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    Re: Jose Guillen goes off

    Quote Originally Posted by weR138 View Post
    Amen. Talk is cheap, MLB ticket prices aren't.
    You can get KC tickets for under $10. I agree with you, but I'm just sayin.


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    Re: Jose Guillen goes off

    Quote Originally Posted by RayShimley View Post
    This argument might be valid for being in play-off contention on a consistent basis, but has been pretty soundly defeated for WS titles. How have those big payrolls paid off for the Yankees, Cubs, and Mets lately? Even your "lowly" Pirates have more WS titles (5) then the Cubs (2). Heck, the Red Sox only have 2 more titles (7) in the last 100 years and the Dodgers only have one more (6). The struggles of teams like the Pirates and the Royals are more based on missmanagement then payroll differential. Doesn't look like it is going to turn around any time soon with the Pirates continuing to shed their best and brightest stars for next to nothing (McLouth trade is still puzzling).
    So are you saying a team with a payroll of $70 million and a team with a payroll of $150 million are on the same playing field? You have so much more room for failure and misspending when you have money. You can purchase Dice K for $50 million, overspend on Jason Giambi or Carl Pavano, etc. The Pirates are in a bidding war right now for a 16 year old Dominican kid and will probably get priced out when it reaches $5 million. You can't tell me it's an even playing field. The mismanagement comes from the Red Sox, Yankees, and Mets if they don't win the World Series.

    As far as the McLouth trade...it's a great trade for the Pirates. They traded a .260 hitter with decent power and speed for a top of the rotation starter and high end prospect in AA. That is the type of deal the Pirates wouldn't have made three years ago. When you sell at a player's peak you get good return. They haven't done that until recently.



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