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Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

I MUST BE IMPORTANT: I PLAY FOOTBALL

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So you’ve been brought up on some serious gun charges. You’re headed to trial. But you have your lawyer plead to the judge that it will interfere with your work schedule and you really need to have the trial moved back, mmm-kay? Not that the courts are backed up or that there are many other people involved in the case. You’d think the judge would laugh and dismiss your request in a heartbeat. Not if you’re Sean Taylor and you play football for the Washington Redskins.

See, if our judicial system in America honors anything, it’s definitely our commitment to tackling and coverage drills. And that’s why Sean Taylor will have his court date moved back. Because he might have practice on Tuesday. Of course there is the small obstacle of beating the best team in the NFC in their home stadium first, but just in case, your honor, mmm-kay?

This kind of story drives me nuts. Here’s the AP copy:

MIAMI (AP) – The trial of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor
for allegedly pointing a gun during a dispute was postponed today
so it won’t interfere with his availability through the NFL
playoffs.

A Miami-Dade Circuit Judge issued her decision despite the
wishes of the prosecutor, who told the judge that Taylor should not
be treated differently than any other defendant, many of whom have
to miss work to attend court, and his trial should begin Tuesday,
as scheduled.

The proscutor also pointed out that “Mr. Taylor has not been a
model citizen.” He referred to Taylor’s ejection from last
Saturday’s playoff win over Tampa Bay for spitting in the face of
an opponent.

Taylor’s attorney, Edward Carhart, told the judge that would create a hardship for Taylor and the Redskins, who play the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday.

Awww. It must be rough being a gun-wielding millionaire. Sean went to the University of Miami.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13441809988487585009 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/13441809988487585009" rel="nofollow">BigD</a>

    It’s like you are reading my mind. He’s a career .290 hitter that will get you 10 – 15 hrs a season. He handles the bat well and would be a great #2 hitter if left alone.

    Defensive liability? He may not be Ryno, but he’s no Bump Wills either. He was 10th out of 20 2nd basemen with 97+ games played.

    Health? Maybe. He averaged 120 games the last 2 years but 150 the 3 previous years.

    I can’t decide if the bigger question is “Why not Walker” or “Why Perez”?

  • <span class="anon-comment-author">Schmidty</span>

    Range. He was 10th in fielding %, but Sullivan says 16th in range. I agree the Cubs are ass-backward with this situation. Why exercise the option if you don’t want the guy, but then why talk about your surplus of second-basemen if you want to get something of value for him in return? All this is going to result in is a pissed off Walker.
    As for my opinion, as a former baseball “coach”, I want defense up the middle. Walker’s .290 average is all well and good, but he’s not really that fast and 15 homers a season isn’t all that much of an accomplishment in today’s game. Walker might be good on a different team, but a team like the Cubs that has very little speed other than Pierre and “bashers” like Lee, Ramirez, and Jones, he’s not a great fit here. It just confounds me that the Cubs are going about this situation in such an odd manner. It’s like Jim Hendry has secretly been replaced by Ed Lynch?!?!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17608926989592946088 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/17608926989592946088" rel="nofollow">The Zoner</a>

    The flip of that is that with so many power pitchers I think their D is a tad less important than other clubs.

    You have a gold glover at 1st and a solid SS, a very good RF and an excellent CF. You can’t have it all. If you replace Walker with Neifi I don’t think it evens out.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13441809988487585009 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/13441809988487585009" rel="nofollow">BigD</a>

    When you don’t have a right fielder hitting 50 dingers, you have to get what you can from wherever you can find it. 15 is still more than 5. More than homers, though, it’s about producing runs. Last year, Walker was 30 points higher in AVG, 60 points higher in OBP, and nearly 100 points higher in SLG. This team is going to need offense from anywhere it can get it.

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