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The Phillies are taking a "hard look" at John Smoltz

Dec 10, 2009, 11:02 AM EDT

So says Jayson Stark. The idea being for Smoltz to be a “back-of-bullpen weapon.”  Given Brad Lidge’s performance last year he could be a Nerf gun and still represent an improvement.

Smoltz has long been on record as preferring starting to coming out of the pen.  Earlier in the week the Nationals reportedly had interest in him.  One would assume that they’d offer him a spot in the rotation — and a mentoring role to Stephen Strasburg — if he were so inclined. But the Nationals are going to lose a lot of games. If he goes to Philadelphia, he can win.

Starting or winning? We’ll soon find out what’s more important to John Smoltz.

  1. TigerS Boy ToY - Dec 10, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Don’t look too hard, you might crap yourself.Smoltz is like an old diaper full of mess.

  2. Old Gator - Dec 10, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Craig:
    Having just concluding an excruciatingly dull and unpleasant five hour mediation over an insurance claim (but having won some decent beer money in the process), it just occurred to me that all your reportage of what someone else wrote or said would have been disqualified as hearsay evidence, wouldn’t it? I mean, suppose you were being cross-examined on this Jayson Stark report by one of those icewater-arteried hotties that are now being cranked out of law schools all over the country (and guys actually marry these women, may Buddha be merciful), and you attributed this information to Stark. You’d probably be crying “objection” to yourself as soon as you had concluded your testimony, partially out of a lingering sense of professional dignity, partially out of a sense of absurdity, and partially to impress her with the ambience of your sensibilities. Yet you have no compunctions about referring it to us.
    Boy, I really hope that sports journalism isn’t going to slough all its standards the way feature journalism has….

  3. Craig Calcaterra - Dec 10, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Gator — I don’t know what it all means for the future of journalism, but one of the primary motivators for me making the career switch was not having to remember the Rules of Evidence any longer.

  4. Old Gator - Dec 10, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Having long ago made the switch from aviation to academics myself, I can sympathize – with the caveat that forgetting my rulebook probably would have led to a midair collision.
    Then again, John Grisham is getting a little long in the tooth. He will shortly vacate his ecological niche and we’ll need another former lawyer who can write pulp. Any idea where we can find one?

  5. Bobby Townsend - Dec 10, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    GO AWAY SMOLTZIE !!!! There is some guy in AA or A ball more deserving. Oh yeah, send back the money you stole from the Bosox in 2009. You should be more worried about staying out of jail for grand theft then looking for another team you can prey on. A hockey career with the Nashville Preditors would be more appropriate for you.

  6. LawdogUSC - Dec 10, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    Old Gator, at this point in Smoltzie’s career, I think we could get the evidence in under the “dying declaration” exception to Rule 802, since it is sort of his last gasp.

  7. hop2171 - Dec 10, 2009 at 9:04 PM

    the redsuks should resign him, i loved watching him get torn apart by the Yanks! God that was sweet!

  8. Old Gator - Dec 10, 2009 at 9:58 PM

    Nice! I betcha Craig forgot that one twenty minutes and three shots of Stoli after he finished taking his Bar exam.

  9. Bobby Townsend - Dec 11, 2009 at 4:13 PM

    YOU ARE AN IDIOT!!!! CASE CLOSED, END OF STORY

  10. Pat - Dec 17, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    Could be worth a shot. It wouldn’t cost them draft picks or much in salary. What else is out there? A bunch of weak Type A relievers. Give it a shot.

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