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U mad, Torii?

Dec 13, 2012, 3:33 PM EDT

Torii Hunter, former outfielder of the Los Angels Angels of Anaheim, takes to Twitter to respond to the Josh Hamilton signing:

 

Money was tight to re-sign you, Torii. Not tight in general. Sorry about the miscommunication.  Sincerely, Jerry Dipoto.

  1. digbysellers - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Stop whining chief…you’re an old timey fella and it’s time to move on.

    • steelersfan1983 - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:41 PM

      Torii has always been one of my favorite players to watch play. Hate to see him fade out, but he has had a good career.

  2. royalintx - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Torii is always nothing but class.

    • dcfan4life - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:11 PM

      Agreed, which is why these twitter comments seem a little outta place. Hope he isnt having trouble grasping that the end is near and goes out all Brett Favre style ya know?

      • paperlions - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:31 PM

        To be classy, is it required that you not point out when you’ve been lied to? I have no idea. Personally, I’m a huge fan of honesty, so I have no problem with people pointing out liars to me.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:43 PM

        Yeah like that time Torii called out Lew Ford saying he was too scared to pinch hit against the Yankees in the playoffs, and it was a complete fabrication. That’s 100% class…

        http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=16289

        http://www.platoonadvantage.com/2012-articles/april/lew-ford-on-the-twins-and-torii-hunters-accusations.html

  3. eutawstreetblues - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    That’s gold Jerry, gold!

  4. migoli - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Hunter has a point, if LA wasnt going to sign him then say that. i dont see how anyone cant understand that.

    • dan1111 - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      I agree. It’s not about what Hunter’s value is right now, it’s about honest communication. They apparently offered a lame excuse as to why they weren’t signing him.

      • ezthinking - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:13 PM

        “Honest communication.”

        I’d say get off the crack, but every crackhead knows their dealer is full of shit.

  5. tophermike - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    i wonder if he ever considered that money was tight BECAUSE they planned to sign a big bat.

  6. cur68 - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Stop raggin’ on Torii! A brother gets older, a brother gets grumpier. S’fact.

    • paperlions - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      What are you? 110?

      • El Bravo - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:12 PM

        Paper done got you good Cur. HA! That’s good stuff.

      • indaburg - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:19 PM

        Now that’s a sick burn.

      • cur68 - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:37 AM

        In Dog Years I’m 110. You?

    • historiophiliac - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:09 PM

      Hey!

  7. number42is1 - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    I’m sure the Tigers are just thrilled to hear that they are the consolation prize

    • yahmule - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:56 PM

      This was my first reaction. It should be pointed out Minnesota let Hunter go because his jealousy of Joe Mauer was palpable.

  8. willclarkgameface - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Torii DOES have a point. Arte could have just told him that money is going to be invested in other talent, but I’m sure Arte was willing to bring him back if he would have accepted a really shitty deal. Arte was hoping Torii would give a nice discount, but he doesn’t have to just yet. He got a nice deal in Detroit and will be fine.

  9. jason1214 - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Why should a MLB team tell a player their plans? This isnt the NBA, where players run the asylum. Im sure the Angels didnt expect Hamilton to be available anyway.

    • yahmule - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:58 PM

      The NBA has been a joke for the last ten years.

    • dan1111 - Dec 14, 2012 at 2:39 AM

      Torii’s complaint was about the Angels telling him something that wasn’t true. They don’t have to tell their players everything, but what they do say should be the truth. That’s what any employee wants from an employer.

    • dan1111 - Dec 14, 2012 at 2:39 AM

      Torii’s complaint was about the Angels telling him something that wasn’t true. They don’t have to tell their players everything, but what they do say should be the truth. That’s what any employee wants from an employer (well, besides money, that is!).

  10. kpow55 - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    I like Hunter (class act) and think Hamilton is kind of a jack (x) but in the end it’s all about talent and money.

    Torri is productive but slowly fading into retirement and maybe considered B level, Hamilton is A level (for now) when healthy and in the right frame of mind.

    Given a choice between the two, most GMs would pick the productive jack (x).

    • paperlions - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      Hunter was actually a more productive player than Hamilton last year. That may or may not happen again in 2013, but he’s not exactly fading at the moment.

      • kpow55 - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:06 PM

        I hope Torii plays for a few more years with the Tigers. Nice guy, PED/drug free, how can you root against that?

        Thankfully, it doesn’t help or hinder the AL West one bit.

        The Angels taking Hamilton away from the Rangers hurts the Rangers if he’s remotely productive.

        He should be pretty well padded in the Halos line up.

        The only negative is the bandwagon is about to fill back up and the guy sitting in way better seat than mine cant name 1/2 the infield.

  11. ltzep75 - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Money is always tight for aging fifth OFs.

    • darthicarus - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:34 PM

      Vernon Wells disagrees with your comment.

      • tonyz6060chevy - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:49 PM

        Vernon Wells as the “Toadie”

  12. DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Marge: Look, I know I don’t have any proof, but this woman *is* trying to kill me.
    Wiggum: [sigh] Fine, let me tell you what I tell everybody who comes in here: the law is powerless

    Wiggum: Take her away, boys. [Lou and Eddie handcuff Marge and lead her towards the door]
    Marge: I thought you said the law was powerless.
    Wiggum: Powerless to *help* you, not punish you.

  13. stex52 - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Isn’t he signed for 2 yr/ 26 MM$? I know this hurts, but he can buy a lot of aspirin with that.

    Make ‘em trade you to Houston, Torii. You can take some revenge, and the Astros won’t have a fielder who can hit his weight for another year or so. (Just dreaming)

    • historiophiliac - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:42 PM

      No, thank you. We’ll keep him in the D. *We* wanted him.

      • stex52 - Dec 13, 2012 at 10:16 PM

        I screwed up and missed the Detroit signing. I thought he was still sitting on the shelf in LA. Well, that at least makes the deal somewhat less ridiculous in my mind.

        Still a dangerous overpay.

  14. blabidibla - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Things change fast in baseball. Maybe it was tighter when they thought they might go after Greinke.

  15. seitz26 - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Money was a lot tighter when the Angels were still technically in the running for Greinke. Money got a lot less tight when he signed with the Dodgers. By that time, Torii was gone. He could have waited.

  16. ok9275 - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Had he waitied he probably still would be an Angel but he signed before the Grienke fiasco.

  17. rayfeathers - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    twitter just gives these guys more of an opportunity to make asses of themselves. are you anywhere NEAR the player hamilton is? and besides, you have a girl name.

  18. indaburg - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    “Torii, it’s not you. It’s me.”

  19. stex52 - Dec 13, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    I see what you’re doing there, Inda, but my mind is on higher things. Try this on:

    1. My number one likely opponent has a very talented lefty in an otherwise righty lineup.
    2. I don’t really need hitting that much, but he is very good and I have money to burn (theoretically).
    3. I sign this guy away and my opponent is weaker. I’m not that much better but he is a lot weaker.
    4. I’ll think about the details later.

    How does that work?

  20. lostsok - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    Torii Hunter > Josh “Jello Shot” Hamilton.

    Sorry, I’d rather have the classy leader in the locker room than a tattoo’d freak who can only stop using drugs with the help of the Easter Bunny.

    Anyone who has to turn to religion to change bad behavior is just one lame excuse away from repeating that behavior.

    • temporarilyexiled - Dec 14, 2012 at 8:26 AM

      I’m the last guy to applaud a Jesus freak. But if that’s the only way he can kick the other habit, so be it. Never mind what comes out of his mouth, I’ve got a hard time watching any athlete…or…for that matter…anyone else…all inked up. Of course, back in the age of the dinosaurs, I was a hippie, so I’ve got no room to get on anyone’s case for “looking weird”. But I still do. :-) But none of that really matters. Chances are, for some, maybe even more than half of the contract, Josh Hamilton is great, and the Angels lineup is great. And the Angels can trade one or two outfielders for more pitching, and maybe even sign some more of it, as well.

    • yahmule - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:27 AM

      I don’t have any tattoos myself, but only a very ignorant person would judge another individual on that criteria.

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