Darvish had one bad performance in Houston but that was directly after he had an equally bad outing in LA.It wasn't the first time he stunk it up in the post season either as he pitched poorly in his only 2016 playoff game as well. From my understanding it was beating on the trash can meant an offspeed pitch is coming, doesn't Darvish have like 8 offspeed pitches with differing velocity and movements?Then he got a big contract anyway, one the Cubs probably regret.
There isn't a way to assess the scope that this caused but I don't think any pitcher lost a substantial amount in arbitration because of a few innings against Houston.Arbitration is more complicated then one bad outing causing a player to lose substantial amounts of money. And if we found any players that were actually sent down after playing houston at home, it probably wasn't going to hinge on that game.You don't tell a prospect "if you can't perform against the best offense in their home ballpark, then you don't have what it takes."IF there was even anyone sent down after playing them it was probably a depth move to begin with.
The player to player effects are likely minimal (aside from the benefits the Astros saw in ARB and FA) and the only real concern is whether or not they would have won the WS without it.
I agree with you. There is no way to assess the scope. I know I can't do it from my living in room in North Dakota and I'm not sure if Rob Manfred and his associates can say they have all of the potential ramifications completely understood either. It's simply too hard to do so.
There are way too many tentacles that could come off of something like this that can't be quantified because of the uncertainty that clouds the air. Anything is possible, ranging from two world series titles that are now tainted, to front offices changing course due to effectiveness of the Astros organization, to other teams retooling after losses, to Yu Darvish signing for anywhere between a million dollars to who knows how many million dollars less, to the possibility of players being cut or sent down after a rough night in Houston, to Reverend Smith having to buy Gloria a soda after she won a friendly wager on the outcome of the series.
All the way to Twinsdaily posters typing mean things about the Twins players involved in a May 2017, 3 game series that produced 40 Astros runs against our Twins at Target field. No idea if this scandal was functional on the road but you look at 40 runs and you gotta wonder. Ryan Pressly was tagged for 7 earned runs in that series while getting only one out. He finished the year with a 4.70 ERA over 61.1 innings.Take out those 7 runs and his ERA drops to 3.69. If his ERA was 3.69 instead of 4.70... perhaps he doesn't settle for 1.6 in his 2nd year of arbitration. I have no idea but no matter how much these guys make. The difference between 1.6 million and 1.9 million is a lot of money.
I can't speak with authority because I don't know if the scheme was effective or a garbage banging waste of time. I don't know exactly when it was deployed and when it wasn't, who knows maybe it backfired a time or two. Maybe the Astros and Red Sox would have won the world series anyway.However... I can't dismiss the effectiveness with Cora involved in back to back World Series titles.
As I sit here and try to decide on guilt or innocence in my mind and cause and effect in my mind... I gotta tell you... This would be a rare moment in time where two World Series titles actually doesn't look good on the cause and effect front and World Series titles used to look good in any light.
And if a World Series title or two was the effect. I don't know if it was but... if it was... Yeah... it would probably cost Darvish a million or maybe a lot more in free agency.
Baseball has some cleaning up to do... there is a major spill in Galveston Bay.