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History says writers should use examples to support, not contradict, an opinion

November 3rd, 2008 by Melvin

History says trading Padres ace Jake would be a huge mistake

This Nick Canepa article is chock full of unintentional lulz. Here’s his contention:

I’m beyond tired of seeing San Diego stars either shipped off or simply allowed to walk away. In this regard, our history is horrible.

Essentially he says good players have played for San Diego sports teams. Then they played for teams in a different city. How inconceivable.

Next, Canepa gives us examples that apparently apply specifically to the possibility of trading Jake Peavy, even though his evidence comes from different decades, ownership groups, payroll sizes, even different sports.

Of course, he doesn’t mention that one could come up with a similar list of good players for any city across the country who have moved from one team to the next.

Don’t forget, this is supposed to be evidence for why the Padres should not trade Jake Peavy. Why trading him would be a bad idea. Here are my favorite parts.

Drew Brees, the Chargers’ Pro Bowl quarterback, left with very little compensation. Everyone knew Philip Rivers was going to be the guy, so the team should have traded Brees the year before, when he was healthy and at peak value.

The Chargers allowed running back Michael Turner to leave, and he’s not having a bad time in Atlanta, where he’s gained 655 yards in seven games. He should have been dealt after the 2006 season.

The Bolts seem poised not to re-sign linebacker Shawne Merriman when his contract expires after the 2009 season. If Merriman’s healthy, this would be a grievous error. He’s the NFL’s most dynamic defender. Let’s hope, at the very least, if the Chargers decide they’re not re-signing him, that they trade him, rather than cut him loose and get last week’s bagel in return.

The Padres should not trade a star like Jake Peavy because (somehow this makes sense) San Diego teams should have traded other stars.

There’s more:

The 2007 Cy Young winner makes a lot of money, he’s vocal, and the team lost 99 games with him. He has a violent delivery, and pitchers have been known to be brittle. But, while having a few problems, Peavy hasn’t had arm or shoulder surgery. And, at 27, he’s hardly out of his prime. He may not have entered it.

Those are some pretty good reasons to go through with a trade. The Padres lost 99 games with Jake on the roster, that goes to show how one player does not necessarily make a successful season. Also his violent delivery causes serious concern for injury, and pitchers are injured more often than position players.

But don’t worry! All of those reasons are completely negated because Jake is 27 years of age, and while he had injury trouble last year, surgery is not immediately required.

In reality, 27 year olds (Jake will be 28 most of 2009) can and do get injured.  And not needing surgery (yet) doesn’t alleviate concerns about a pitcher with elbow trouble. Finally, Canepa doesn’t bother to attempt a rebut to the argument that Peavy will likely take up 20% of the team’s payroll and still can’t do enough to save a 99 loss season.

Isn’t the generally accepted practice to provide evidence in support of your opinion, not against it?

Posted in gripes, media | 8 Comments »

8 Responses to “History says writers should use examples to support, not contradict, an opinion”

  1. william says:

    Junior Seau ..
    Rodney Harrison ..

    Ricky Henderson played for the Surf Dogs, and now he is going to retire an Oakland A ?? WTF!!!!

  2. History says the San Diego Surf Dawgs made a huge mistake.

  3. Canepa never ceases to amaze.

    He amazes with how illogical and poorly thought out his rants can be.

    What, if anything, does the moves made by the Chargers who play a football have to do with trading Peavy, a BASEBALL player?

    And what does letting free agents walk for large sums more money than they could have made here have to do with trading a top player in his prime for several young players that can fill several holes on the Padres immediately and make the team better in the long run?

    Sadly, very seldom does Canepa make a cogent argument.

  4. [...] History says writers should use examples to support, not contradict, an opinion. Melvin Nieves at the Sacrifice Bunt dissects a recent Nick Canepa column on the phenomenon of athletes leaving San Diego because… I’m not sure; the article didn’t make much sense to me. Incidentally, Melvin’s title rocks. I wish I’d written that title. Also, someone should tell those kids to get off Canepa’s lawn. [...]

  5. old_padre says:

    I found a special plugin for Firefox that screens all articles written by Canepa and changes their titles to “Don’t Bother to Read this Crap: It will make your head hurt”

    It’s a really useful plugin!

  6. Haha, too bad we can’t apply that plugin as a feature of Firefox itself, so instead Padres fans read “experts” like Canepa, and buy into it.

    It isn’t about trying to be right all the time, because I’m not right about everything and no columnist could be either. It’s about using evidence and second guessing our own presumptions to create meaningful dialogue, which goes towards developing opinions that have legs to stand on.

  7. PadreHomer says:

    Except for the part about where he says the Padres shouldn’t trade Jake, everything he wrote makes it pretty clear that they SHOULD trade him, and do it yesterday.

  8. Randy Ready says:

    Canepa channeled his inner Jay Paris for this article. And, yes, I mean that in the worst ways possible.

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