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(ESPN)   CC Sabathia becomes Jay Z's 103rd problem   (espn.go.com) divider line 18
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2014-01-17 10:46:47 AM
neat
 
das
2014-01-17 10:47:29 AM
Looks like CC has lost some tonnage.
 
2014-01-17 10:53:34 AM
Has Jay Z kept a biatch from being any of those new problems?
 
2014-01-17 11:00:45 AM
What was his 102nd problem (wife, child being 100, 101)?
 
2014-01-17 11:10:15 AM

factoryconnection: What was his 102nd problem (wife, child being 100, 101)?


Robbie Cano.
 
2014-01-17 11:10:31 AM

factoryconnection: What was his 102nd problem (wife, child being 100, 101)?


Robinson Cano?
 
2014-01-17 11:26:00 AM

das: Looks like CC has lost some tonnage.


And his ERA is getting laaarrrger
 
2014-01-17 11:30:15 AM

tricycleracer: Robbie Cano.


Okay... I think I remember something about him hiring Hova as his new agent.
 
2014-01-17 11:45:45 AM

factoryconnection: Okay... I think I remember something about [Cano] hiring Hova as his new agent.


Yup.  10yr/$240M later, Cano can't complain about that.  He's an excellent, durable 2B, but no one should give a 10-year contract to a 31-year-old who plays a position that requires a ton of lateral movement and agility.  Cano's bat could still play at 1B/LF/DH, but then his price tag isn't $24M/yr.  Jay-Z actually flew out to Seattle (and made a media spectacle of doing so) to help apply pressure to the Mariners' brass to sign Cano.  It apparently worked.

It's a smart business model for Jay-Z.  He's been signing a small cadre of only high-end players, who can have a national profile.  One thing the man understands is branding.  Cano, CC, on to the next one.

thecpt: And [CC's] ERA is getting laaarrrger


Yup.  From a baseball perspective, I wouldn't bet on him.  Starting in 2012 he's had velocity drops across all his pitches, and that's often a leading indicator of mediocrity.

But he's well-known nationally, pitches in a huge market, and has a reputation for being a nice, smart guy.  I bet he could make good money doing endorsements, which is part of what Jay-Z usually claims he'll bring to the table.
 
2014-01-17 11:46:29 AM
Sabathia writes right-handed? I'm disappointed.
 
2014-01-17 11:47:55 AM
He's got some big names.  I'd just be afraid CC's next contract - in 3 years at age 36 - is going to be for a minor league team.
He sent Cano to a city he's going to hate.  He needs to hold onto Durant for dear life and live by the names and not his reults.
 
2014-01-17 11:58:51 AM

factoryconnection: Okay... I think I remember something about him hiring Hova as his new agent.


Also worth noting: My understanding is that Jay-Z bought an existing sports agency, and lets their personnel handle the financial part of the job, including baseball stuff like projections.  So he's not really CC's "agent" so much as his brand manager.

Wins are a silly way to measure pitcher quality, but the press loves that stuff.  CC is the best bet for the next 300-game winner, which would definitely draw a disproportionate amount of media attention if he even gets close.  (He has 205, and will be 33 next year.  He can have 5 productive years at a 14-win pace, then hang around long enough to cobble together 25 more.)  He's a lefty, and there's certainly precedent for lefties being able to hang around a long time even after their velocity is gone.  If he can remain decent (not even good) in the tail end of his career, he has a good shot.  And then Rocawear can sell a billion CC hats and whatever.

If not CC, it will be a long time before anyone comes close.  My 2nd-best guess would be Felix Hernandez (110, age 28 next year), especially if he somehow finds himself on a good team.  And it wouldn't be crazy to bet on Glavine being the last member of that club, absent another shift in how pitchers are used.
 
2014-01-17 12:18:03 PM
Let's say in 2004, Jay-Z had 99 problems (biatch was not one). Since then he has sold Rocawear for $200 million dollars, plus added some endorsement deals and some albums earning him over $200 million dollars. He now currently has a net worth of about $500 million dollars.

So he added $400 mil and we figure his net worth in 04 was roughly $100 mil. Now he has about 5 times the money. And we all know, more money, more problems. Assuming that money and growth follow each other linearly, he should have something in the area of 495 problems.

With only 103, I feel confident saying this guy is a farking problem solver.
 
2014-01-17 12:30:56 PM
Does this mean CC goes to Seattle too? Cause that would be neato.
 
2014-01-17 01:07:59 PM

H31N0US: Does this mean CC goes to Seattle too? Cause that would be neato.


I don't remember who your number 3 is, but CC might be as good as him or your 4 next year. Be happy with king and iwakuma
 
2014-01-17 01:12:40 PM

thecpt: H31N0US: Does this mean CC goes to Seattle too? Cause that would be neato.

I don't remember who your number 3 is, but CC might be as good as him or your 4 next year. Be happy with king and iwakuma


The Taijuan Walker era is upon us. He's the presumptive #3. Unless they do something dumb like trade Walker for David Price, in which case, well, I guess Iwakuma is #3.

/James Paxton is the presumptive #4
//this would seem to call for some veteran insurance
///want no part of Sabathia there
 
2014-01-17 02:47:47 PM

This Looks Fun: Let's say in 2004, Jay-Z had 99 problems (biatch was not one). Since then he has sold Rocawear for $200 million dollars, plus added some endorsement deals and some albums earning him over $200 million dollars. He now currently has a net worth of about $500 million dollars.

So he added $400 mil and we figure his net worth in 04 was roughly $100 mil. Now he has about 5 times the money. And we all know, more money, more problems. Assuming that money and growth follow each other linearly, he should have something in the area of 495 problems.

With only 103, I feel confident saying this guy is a farking problem solver.


You promised there would be no math.
 
2014-01-17 03:16:51 PM

rjakobi: This Looks Fun: Let's say in 2004, Jay-Z had 99 problems (biatch was not one). Since then he has sold Rocawear for $200 million dollars, plus added some endorsement deals and some albums earning him over $200 million dollars. He now currently has a net worth of about $500 million dollars.

So he added $400 mil and we figure his net worth in 04 was roughly $100 mil. Now he has about 5 times the money. And we all know, more money, more problems. Assuming that money and growth follow each other linearly, he should have something in the area of 495 problems.

With only 103, I feel confident saying this guy is a farking problem solver.

You promised there would be no math.


Oddly enough, this was my first ever greenlight:  http://www.fark.com/comments/5103681/China-is-bankrupt-There-will-be- m ath
 
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