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Postby NorthSider2 » Fri Jun 27, 2008 9:55 am

What happened to this guy? He used to be dominating in Oakland and now he can't buy a win. I don't think he is living up to his huge contract. Is there any way he will turn it around or should he hang up the mit soon?
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Re: Barry Zito

Postby WyldStallyn » Fri Jun 27, 2008 10:37 am

with the $$ he is making, he definitely shouldnt retire
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Re: Barry Zito

Postby deerayfan072 » Fri Jun 27, 2008 10:53 am

They said they are trying to get Rick Peterson, recently fired Mets pitching coach, to come to SF and consult with Zito. Peterson was with Zito in Oakland and they think maybe he can fix Zito
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Re: Barry Zito

Postby Art Vandelay » Fri Jun 27, 2008 11:12 am

NorthSider2 wrote:I don't think he is living up to his huge contract.

Statement of the year.
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Re: Barry Zito

Postby Yoda » Fri Jun 27, 2008 11:15 am

LOL are you serious? Retire and lose $ millions? Would anyone be stupid enough to do that?

As for Zito, it's clear that his skills are eroding. He isn't getting swings and misses especially with his big, loopy curve. He is throwing his change up more than his curve now and it isn't working. Hitters are sitting on his weak fastball which tops out in the upper 80s and hammer it. He can't locate his curve which doesn't help things.
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Re: Barry Zito

Postby dclark0699 » Fri Jun 27, 2008 11:20 am

NorthSider2 wrote:I don't think he is living up to his huge contract.


This might be the biggest understatement I've ever seen, and I don't think that's an overstatement.

I think as Yoda pointed out, a lot of it ha to do with his inability to locate his curveball. In the years since he left Oakland, and even his last one there, he has also dropped 5-6 mph off his fastball, which used to be low 90's.
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Re: Barry Zito

Postby JasonSeahorn » Fri Jun 27, 2008 11:30 am

What happened is that he got his big fat contract. That was the hard part, now he just can wait for the paycheck.
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Re: Barry Zito

Postby KCollins1304 » Fri Jun 27, 2008 12:25 pm

JasonSeahorn wrote:What happened is that he got his big fat contract. That was the hard part, now he just can wait for the paycheck.


I'd say the signs of his demise were showing before he even signed that contract.
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Re: Barry Zito

Postby Inukchuk » Fri Jun 27, 2008 12:56 pm

KCollins1304 wrote:
JasonSeahorn wrote:What happened is that he got his big fat contract. That was the hard part, now he just can wait for the paycheck.


I'd say the signs of his demise were showing before he even signed that contract.


Which makes the contract even more ridiculous...
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Re: Barry Zito

Postby KCollins1304 » Fri Jun 27, 2008 1:37 pm

Inukchuk wrote:
KCollins1304 wrote:
JasonSeahorn wrote:What happened is that he got his big fat contract. That was the hard part, now he just can wait for the paycheck.


I'd say the signs of his demise were showing before he even signed that contract.


Which makes the contract even more ridiculous...


Yes, the contract was ridiculous. I was just objecting to the idea that Zito was mailing it in because of his big payday.
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