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Scorekeeping: Yunel Escobar’s Situation and Marlon Byrd’s Hustle

Scorekeeping disclaimer: The “Scorekeeping” articles on this blog are not to make libelous claims against anyone for calling out one player for not hustling. It’s an attempt to collect data over a several-year period and take notes on what was said, who said it and why it was said. Before you read this post, know that my intentions aren’t to put the spotlight on broadcasters who use a loaded word, but to see why this word is loaded in our beloved sport and if the claims against it (that terms like “hustle” and “grit” are used primarily in favor of white players and against non-white players) are true.

This isn’t even that scientific of a study and shouldn’t be treated as such.

Read the first Scorekeeping article here and then read the comments for the updates.

Yunel Escobar has been chastised this past week for work ethic, so to update Scorekeeping, here’s what I’ve come across.

Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote an interesting article about Escobar’s lack of hustle. Consider reading Bradley’s full article:

Escobar got thrown out because he watched the flight of the ball and admired his work, as opposed to running hard. The Braves noticed. The Braves always noticed. As one man in the clubhouse said afterward, exasperation in his voice: “He has been told time and time again.”

About the trade: This isn’t an exchange of equal talent. Alex Gonzalez is a serviceable big-league shortstop who played on a World Series winner with Florida in 2003 and delivered the biggest hit — a walk-off homer in Game 4 — of the Series. He’s 33, which means he’s not a long-term answer.

Maybe you noticed this, but it looks like Bradley had a great opportunity to note how big of a “gamer” A-Gon is or how much “grit” A-Gon has in that second paragraph, yet didn’t.

Read more (much more) after the jump.

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How the Halladay trade went down

Obviously the biggest trade of the off-season was Roy Halladay shipping off to Philadelphia (and Cliff Lee moving to Seattle in conjunction).  No argument there.

Bob Elliott with the Toronto Sun has an interesting piece about how it went down, from the 2008 off-season all the way to the actual trade. (You can read the full article here.)

JULY 5, 2009: Yankee Stadium

Then-GM J.P. Ricciardi asks Halladay if he intends to sign another contract with the Jays or does he want to leave?

Halladay told Ricciardi he’d wait and see “where the Jays were after 2010.” If they had a strong finish, he would re-sign with Toronto. If not? Adios.

July 16

The Jays want infielder Gordon Beckham from the White Sox for Halladay.

July 17

The Cards say they will not include outfielder Colby Rasmus in a Halladay package.

July 30

The Dodgers say the Jays are asking for five or six of their best prospects.

July 31

The Jays ask for starter Derek Holland and first base prospect Justin Smoak from the Rangers.

AUG. 1

The non-waiver trade deadline has passed and Halladay is still a Blue Jay.

Oct. 11

Having replaced the fired Ricciardi as Jays GM eight days earlier, Anthopoulos summons Halladay as part of his one-on-ones with each player.

Halladay tells him: “I’ve always tried to do the right thing for this organization.

The new GM remembers Halladay as being “very apologetic,” but tells the pitcher he didn’t need to “apologize for anything.”

“Whether it was jumping on a plane in the winter to help us recruit a free agent, structure his contract (his salary went from $12.8 million in 2007 to $10 million in ’08) or anything else Halladay always did what was best for the club,” he said.

Kinda tragic.  Anthopoulos seems like a cool guy.

There’s a ton more behind the scenes stuff, and it gets even more interesting when Elliott gets into the winter meetings, but you’ll have to go read it.  Very good reporting and note keeping by Elliott.

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