Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Which is uglier? Barry Zito's contract or Willie McGee?

As you all know, Barry Zito signed a contract with the Giants for seven years and $126 million in December 2006. Zito hasn't exactly lived up to that contract. He may have been an All-Star multiple times before coming to the Giants, but it doesn't look like he'll ever be one with them. This brings to mind another player who was an All-Star several times before playing for the Giants, and didn't make the midsummer classic while in San Francisco: the great Willie McGee. So now we pose the question. Which is uglier: Barry Zito's contract or Willie McGee?

The case for Zito's contract:

Since becoming a Giant, he's gone 13-22, and has a 5.83 ERA and a 1.86 WHIP this season. His peripheral stats were on the decline before the Giants signed him, and now they seem to have caught up with him. He's lost the little zip he did have on his fastball, and as he moves into his thirties things will probably only get worse. Even if he bounces back and becomes a league-average pitcher, he'll never be worth $18 million a year. For that kind of money they might be able to sign someone who can, you know, actually get people out.

The case for McGee:

That's not enough for ya? Try this, or maybe this. What is it? Eyes that don't seem to open all the way? The 'stache? Asymmetry? Whatever it is, it's ugly.

Now it's up to you to decide. Are you going with the contract that brings the term albatross to a whole new level, or Mr. Eyes that don't open the same amount? Make your arguments in the comments.


Peter said...

Oh Lord. It's Willie McGee, hands down.

Anonymous said...

Zito's contract. There is always plastic surgery for that ugly bastard

Anonymous said...

Zito's contract by far. At least McGee's ugliness doesn't affect an entire franchise!

Big Show Baseball said...

I vote for Zito's contract.

I wish they'd just dump him and sign Barry Bonds back.

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