Thursday, March 09, 2006


How is Steve Kelley still employed? I've been reading this guy's work since I was about 10, and even then I understood that most of what he said had zero substance to it. He really drove that point home today with his column on Jarrod Washburn. So you don't have to suffer throught the whole thing, I'll let you know now that it was's not's too Washburn isn't afraid to speak his mind.

The highlights? Kelley sets several records for cliche use with these zingers:

On the field and in the clubhouse, the Angels do things the right way, and every player expects every teammate to play to these high standards.

Jarrod Washburn learned how the game was supposed to be played

This staff is looking for leadership.

Washburn comes from a place that knows how to win. And it's his job to pass it on.

Washburn uses many words to say nothing:

"They knew how to put a fire under you and teach you the way the game's supposed to be played. It's a great benefit to have guys like that on a team."

Oh, and the best part? Kelley uses the word bequeathed.

Blaggity blah blah blah. This isn't the first time Kelley has annoyed Mariner Magic. Remember when Travis ranted about his Ryan Franklin column?


  1. Kelley has been awful for a long time, and I think he is setting some kind of record for "awful columnist longevity". I ranted about one of his rants in 1986 or 1987, and the letter appeared in whatever paper Kelley had written his thoroughly discouraging anti-Mariners article. It might have been when Steve Largent was making his snide comments about the M's, I don't remember for sure. Anyway, I couldn't agree more with the question about why the guy is still employed. I think it's a question thoughtful sports readers need to ask.

  2. Neddy Ballgame3:43 PM about Junior hittng 2 home runs today---geez, I miss him !!!

  3. Me too, Neddy.

    I still like to get out my Upper Deck baseball cards from his early career and look at them!


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