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Steve Garvey is selling a lot of stuff

Feb 7, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

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Steve Garvey has always portrayed himself as a mogul. While he famously declared himself broke back in the late 80s, he was part of a group bidding on the Dodgers last year and he’s done the whole positive-thinking motivational speaker thing.  One wonders, though, if he’s doing as well as he’d have you believe.

One wonders that because, as Vin Scully is my Homeboy reports, Garvey is auctioning off all kinds of his stuff. His MVP trophy. All-Star rings. Championship rings and much more.

Just because someone auctions things off doesn’t mean they are broke. Kirk Gibson auctioned some things a year or two ago, some of which went to himself but some of which went to his charity.  There can be any reason.  But it certainly gives one pause to see this sort of thing.

Maybe he should ride with Todd Helton down to get lottery tickets or something.

(thanks to Mike S. for the heads up)

  1. thebadguyswon - Feb 7, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    I can’t see a picture of Steve Garvey without hearing Jim Rome talking about “Steve Garvey pumpin chicks.”

  2. kirkvanhouten - Feb 7, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    In an effort to tie every article into how much I hate Jon Heyman:

    In 2008, John Heyman ranked the best free agent signing of all time. #15 on his list?

    15. Steve Garvey, Padres first baseman, 1983; $6.6 million, five years. He took his act 120 miles south to San Diego, and it worked. The 1984 NLCS MVP led the Padres to their first World Series appearance.

    Umm…okay Jon. Garvey was actually pretty terrible for the Padres. In five years, he managed a measly 0.3 WAR and .717 OPS. And sure, he had a nice NLCS. He also posted a .680 OPS during the 1984 regular season, which is unimaginably awful for a first baseman. He did more to prevent that Padres from getting to that series than helping.

    Using Fangraphs, from 1983-1986 (omitting his partial 1987 season), Garvey ranked 31st among first baseman in WAR. Repeat: “31st among *1st baseman* in WAR!”.

    In summary, I hate Jon Heyman.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Feb 7, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      Would it surprise you to know that Garvey’s .680 OPS was good enough for 4th in the NL in 1984, behind Leon Durham, Keith Hernandez, and Jason Thompson?

      • Chris Fiorentino - Feb 7, 2013 at 1:50 PM

        Among first basemen…..

      • Chris Fiorentino - Feb 7, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        Among qualifying first basemen…LOL.

    • kirkvanhouten - Feb 7, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      …which does not equal good. That’s like giving Steve Garvey credit because other people got injured.

      Here are where NL teams ranked via OPS by their collective 1st baseman in 1984

      1. CHC 0.845
      2. NYM 0.844
      3. PHI 0.842
      4. CIN 0.766
      5. MON 0.756
      6. PIT 0.723
      7. HOU 0.723
      8. LAD 0.720
      9. SFG 0.720
      10. ATL 0.709
      11. STL 0.679
      12. SDP 0.665 (Garvey made up 93% of 1B plate appearances)

      So…Steve Garvey was worse than every other teams combination of starters and bench players.

      In summary, Steve Garvey was terrible in 1984.

      • 18thstreet - Feb 7, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        He was very good for the gift basket industry, though.

  3. larrybrown43 - Feb 7, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Maybe, Steve got to the point that he realized the more you have the more you owe when he kept bumping into the stuff walking around the garage.

  4. Jason @ IIATMS - Feb 7, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Funding illegitimate kids’ educations gets expensive.

  5. Old Gator - Feb 7, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    I assume he’s selling sperm to local fertility clinics, too.

  6. professormaddog31 - Feb 7, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Those halcyon days of celebrity blue marlin fishing are over, huh, Steve?

    • paperlions - Feb 7, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      Are those like salad days? I love salad days.

      • mybrunoblog - Feb 7, 2013 at 3:17 PM

        Salad days? Lol that’s awesome.
        If Garvey’s auction includes those shorts he used to wear while fishing, count me in!

      • professormaddog31 - Feb 7, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        Those shorts were an eyesore. Those rad his-and-hers matching windsuits, though…

  7. hoopmatch - Feb 7, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    If I had memorabilia that was worth hundreds of thousands of dollars I’d sell it, too. And, as Kirk Gibson said, he didn’t want his heirs fighting over it.

    • 18thstreet - Feb 7, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      Jim Palmer said he’d rather have … ah, crap I can’t remember. Jim Palmer said something that vaguely reminded me of something somehow related to this.

      True story.

    • mogogo1 - Feb 7, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      Definitely understand the desire to make some bucks off stuff that may not mean all that much to you any more. And if part of the money goes to charity like in Gibson’s case, all the better. But I never really understood the “heirs fighting over it” thing. It’s called a will. You assign people to get whatever you want. If some jerk in your family wants to contest it and waste their money on attorney’s fees for a battle they won’t win, you won’t be around to have to deal with it!

      • mybrunoblog - Feb 7, 2013 at 8:17 PM

        By heirs fighting over it I suspect they mean that if an individual like Garvey had several children from different wives/mistresses it becomes very difficult to choose who gets what. Sad ad it seems a guy like Garvey probably has some kids he barely knows. In death he doesn’t want to disappoint anyone as much ad he did in life.

  8. ramitbaby - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Still Hall of Fame worthy. His numbers are every bit as good as Ryne Sanberg’s…not to mention the fact hes the best-fielding first baseman in history, percentage wise.

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