What's the surprise, bringing Gordon and others up? They aren't going to make a competitive run, they only had one winning record against an AL team in 2006, Boston at 5-4. They were 2-10 against Baltimore and Tampa Bay, like a young, bad team.
It's not that I think they didn't get better as the year went on, but the second half "rebound" was a .413 WP, good for 67-95 over 162.
JM: Only did that for a couple of years and then we had a conspiracy so it kind of turned me sour. Our league's commissioner, Lew Ford(notes) at the time, was doing some shady things that ... I'd rather not talk about [laughs].
DB: Isn't he in Japan right now?
JM: I don't know where Lou is right now. He's probably fleeing the authorities [laughs].