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Doc Gooden thinks Albert Pujols will go to the Marlins

Sep 27, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

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Doc Gooden has a Twitter account. I don’t read it much.  Maybe I’ll start, though, because he seems to be breaking into the Heyman/Buster/Rosenthal world of transaction scoops.  Here he was a few minutes ago:

Look for Albert Pujols to follow Ozzie Guillen to Florida if the cardinals don’t. #insidescoop

I would have ignored it totally if it wasn’t for the “insidescoop” hash tag.  But since it’s there I’m going to imagine that Gooden has been working the phones all morning and finally got a source to talk to him.  He’s wearing a 1986 Mets cap with a “press” card taped to the side too.

I can’t ever picture the Marlins spending that kind of money, but how fun would Pujols in Miami be? I can picture the cover of Sports Illustrated already. Ozzie and Albert in their ugly new Marlins uniforms, smiling big in front of palm trees or whatever. Like Bum Phillips and Ken Stabler with the New Orleans Saints back in ’84 or whenever it was.

  1. drunkenhooliganism - Sep 27, 2011 at 1:36 PM


    • yankeesfanlen - Sep 27, 2011 at 2:21 PM

      • aceshigh11 - Sep 27, 2011 at 2:40 PM

        It’s almost too easy, isn’t it?

  2. yankeesfanlen - Sep 27, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    I’m staying off the roads around here today, Dr. K is off the wagon.
    I have a couple of others, of course, but just wanted to start off on a lively note.

    • Old Gator - Sep 27, 2011 at 1:49 PM

      Slobbering Ozzie. Schizo Zambrano. Preence Albert. Shit, at this rate even the fucking caribou herds will be heading to the Marlins by midwinter….

      • Francisco (FC) - Sep 27, 2011 at 2:17 PM

        Barbarians at the Gate, eh Gator? :)

      • Old Gator - Sep 27, 2011 at 3:08 PM

        Sons strike their doddering dads! Young girls show their ankles in public and say rude things about the Queen! Barbarians are at the gate with anarchy, heterosexuality and worse!

        Quick now – who said it and in what movie?

  3. xmatt0926x - Sep 27, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Were Doc and Jimmie “JJ” Walker seperated at birth? I saw that pic and all I could think of was “dynomite!!!!!!”. Don’t you think the cardinals would love to find a way that this would all go away quietly and Pujols would magically just go away next year? He’s going to get at least $25 million per year. They don’t seem to want to pay that for 9 or 10 years. It might cripple them financially and to top it off he will likely decline maybe halfway through it. Yet if they don’t sign him they will be letting a once in a lifetime hall of famer go. They are between a rock and a hard place it seems.

    • trevorb06 - Sep 27, 2011 at 2:46 PM

      Don’t let Doc know anything about no rocks.

  4. aceshigh11 - Sep 27, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    The years have not been kind to Mr. Gooden.

    Sad…he and Strawberry were among my favorite ballplayers as a kid in the ’80s. Talk about wasted talent.

    I’m still blown away by the numbers Gooden put up as a 20-year old in 1985. He could’ve been one of the all-time greats.

    • thefalcon123 - Sep 27, 2011 at 2:39 PM

      I like to put Gooden’s 85 season in this context:

      In 1985, John Tudor went 21-8 with a 1.93 ERA, 275 innings pitched, a .938 WHIP and a whopping 10 *shutouts*. He did not receive a single 1st place Cy Young vote.

      Wanna look at it another way?

      In 1984, Gooden finished 2nd in the Cy Young voting (he should have won), going 17-6 with a 2.60 ERA and lead all pitchers with a 5.4 WAR. His ERA was more than a lower and his WAR was more than twice as high the next season.

  5. Tribe&Browns&Cavs - Sep 27, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    All hail the foresight of the Cocaine Prophet.

  6. Old Gator - Sep 27, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Even so, signing Pujols would nearly fill half the field boxes at Macondo Banana Massacre Field. Then, they’d have to think about signing Felix Hernandez to fill the first few rows of club seats. Then, they have to make a great offer to Matt Kemp to fill some of the mezzanine to the left of the visitor’s dugout. Then….

    • ta192 - Sep 27, 2011 at 2:33 PM

      Just can’t picture the Marlins’ wallet opening that wide for anyone…even if they pared their future obligations by dumping Stanton, Morrison, and all the other non-Spanish speaking players…

  7. nolanwiffle - Sep 27, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Anything Doc says these days needs to be taken with a gram….errrr…..grain of salt.

  8. dailyrev - Sep 27, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    slow news day? iPhone 5’s coming out in a week or so…

    • Old Gator - Sep 27, 2011 at 1:50 PM

      I just consulted the I-ching. It ain’t happening, but it’s going to be a nice day.

  9. hk62 - Sep 27, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    STL is already going to be paying Pujols well into the 2020’s with defered money – the next deal could end up deferring to his grand children!

  10. ravensos - Sep 27, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    i can see the press conference now.. “taking his talents to south beach”

  11. trevorb06 - Sep 27, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey Doc… Gimme’ some smack Doc… Com’on Doc, I need the hook-up!

  12. georgeanderson2 - Sep 27, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    This is the Marlins front office, they have stocked piled cash for a few years now, got the residents of Dade to pay for the new stadium, they have to make a giant spalsh at the start, they have to capture the city of Miami, the have cut off Palm beach and parts of Broward, once they have drawn everyone back in, they can revert back to taking league money.

  13. kingbuccaneer - Sep 27, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Put down the crack pipe, Doc. Loria’s checkbook has been collecting dust since the day he bought the Marlins. $hit, he didn’t even crack it open for a BRAND NEW stadium for HIS team…

    BTW Craig, just because a crackhead, that once was a great player, puts “#insidescoop” after a tweet DOES NOT make him a credible source at all or ever.

  14. Bill - Sep 27, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    I actually think the Marlins might try to do something like this. Probably not Pujols, but maybe Fielder + another fairly big free agent. They’ve got to do SOMETHING in response to the whole “hey have a free stadium” thing.

  15. Old Gator - Sep 27, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    I don’t know where the “free stadium” story came from, but the Feesh are putting up $155 million of their own money for their part of the $635 million cost, and Miami-Dade county, not the Feesh, will own the stadium and adjacent parking facilities.

    • Bill - Sep 27, 2011 at 5:22 PM

      For my part, it just came from laziness. They’re getting a lot more back than they’re putting in, but maybe that wasn’t fair.

      I do think they’re going to try to make a really, really big splash in the first year in the new place. Just maybe not quite THIS big.

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