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DumpJerry
10-01-2007, 12:15 PM
http://www.barons.com/nm/publish/barons60.shtml

I knew it was from a tryout, but reading the story is pretty cool.

UserNameBlank
10-01-2007, 12:23 PM
Ehren is awesome. He's the one guy besides Jenks that fits his bullpen role perfectly. Everyone else is either a work in progress or just plain garbage. I hope the Sox go into '08 with Ehren LOCKED IN as a righty specialist. No more Aardsmas for that role, please.

DumpJerry
10-01-2007, 12:26 PM
Ehren is awesome. He's the one guy besides Jenks that fits his bullpen role perfectly. Everyone else is either a work in progress or just plain garbage. I hope the Sox go into '08 with Ehren LOCKED IN as a righty specialist. No more Aardsmas for that role, please.
The team has all but said he is a lock for next year. The good thing about guys like him and Jenks is that the Sox gave them a chance when nobody else would. This builds loyalty as they approach the FA years down the road.

Someone told me that he was a bank teller when he signed with us. Anyone know if that is true?

nevr say dye sox
10-01-2007, 12:51 PM
i saw an interview with him, and he said he was selling knives prior to his open tryout with the sox.

southside rocks
10-01-2007, 12:51 PM
Someone told me that he was a bank teller when he signed with us. Anyone know if that is true?

He was a knife salesman, in Alabama. That's what he told CSN in a piece they did about him a couple of weeks ago. They aired it in a pre-game show, I don't remember which one.

He came across really well: very impressed with where he's ended up, but at the same time quite down-to-earth and aware of what his job is.

jabrch
10-01-2007, 01:11 PM
I was happy with Wasserman this year too. But before we condemn everyone else to death for their performance this year, and knight Sir Ehren of Knivesland, let's think about ancient history for a second. A long time ago, in an era known as 2006 Mike McDougal had a 1.80 ERA and Matt Thornton had a 3.33 ERA. They did not repeat that one year later. Eons earlier, in a generation known as 2005, Neal Cotts had a 1.94 and Cliff Politte had a 2.00. Even Damaso Marte had a 3.77. None of them repeated that the following year.

Relievers are often hit or miss. Wasserman might be a legit 2s ERA guy. He might struggle next year. Thornton might suck - but he might now. Sisco, Gavin, Aardsma, Boone, Buk, Masset, etc. might all suck - they might not.

I want our scouts and coaches to go back to the drawing board and do a better job picking the best guys to make the pen. But I don't want to conclude anything about anyone based on just one season.

soxinem1
10-01-2007, 01:21 PM
I want our scouts and coaches to go back to the drawing board and do a better job picking the best guys to make the pen. But I don't want to conclude anything about anyone based on just one season.

I agree 100%.

I remember in 1986 when the White Sox picked up Ray Searage and he had like a 0.29 ERA the rest of the year. He started 1987 lights out the first month, but really stunk the rest of the way. No wonder the fans referred to him by his new, more unflattering name, Raw Sewage.

MacDougal and Thornton in 2006 and 2007 amplify this, and they have way better stuff.

As much as I like Wasserman's story and performance, beware before we bestow Knighthood on the guy. Let's see how he does after the AL spends a winter watching tapes on him.

skottyj242
10-01-2007, 01:43 PM
Someone should write a movie about this.

jenn2080
10-01-2007, 01:59 PM
Maybe we should bring the Widge back too and have a story on both these guys.

MISoxfan
10-06-2007, 06:19 PM
I was happy with Wasserman this year too. But before we condemn everyone else to death for their performance this year, and knight Sir Ehren of Knivesland, let's think about ancient history for a second. A long time ago, in an era known as 2006 Mike McDougal had a 1.80 ERA and Matt Thornton had a 3.33 ERA. They did not repeat that one year later. Eons earlier, in a generation known as 2005, Neal Cotts had a 1.94 and Cliff Politte had a 2.00. Even Damaso Marte had a 3.77. None of them repeated that the following year.

Relievers are often hit or miss. Wasserman might be a legit 2s ERA guy. He might struggle next year. Thornton might suck - but he might now. Sisco, Gavin, Aardsma, Boone, Buk, Masset, etc. might all suck - they might not.

I want our scouts and coaches to go back to the drawing board and do a better job picking the best guys to make the pen. But I don't want to conclude anything about anyone based on just one season.

2005 was the worst year of Marte's career. He had a 3.70 ERA the next season about as close as you can come to repeating the same stats. 2.38 this year. I'm not saying Marte was good in 2005, but he was the worst pitcher on a phenomenal bullpen. I would have loved to have a couple of this years failures pitch like Marte did that year.

dickallen15
10-07-2007, 08:30 AM
You have to love these guys who go to these tryouts and actually make it. The Sox signed Magglio Ordonez after a tryout with a scout in Venezuela. I read the story where Maggs tried out for a Houston scout, but they weren't interested. He had a tryout with a White Sox scout, who evidently was delayed getting to the field where this was to occur. Maggs sat around at the field for several hours, but put on enough of a display for the Sox to give him about $6k in a bonus.