A lot will be probably be made comparing Brad Halsey's recent tirade against the A's to Bobby Crosby's comments this off-season about the team's mishandling of his various ailments. But besides the fact that both players' comments were rooted in frustration regarding health concerns, there is very little in common with these incidents.
I looked up the original articles on the Chronicle for each of the circumstances for comparison purposes and in the hopes of showing why one of the guys who went to the media remains a starter in the major leagues (Crosby) while the other guy languishes in AAA (Halsey) regardless of talent or potential impact on the team.
Crosby upset with A's doctors:
"It's almost absurd to think you can play in the big leagues and need four different opinions before you find out what's going on.''
That's understandable enough.
"It's a mistake they made,'' Crosby said. "It's difficult, and I know they tried to figure it out, but I don't like being told it's definitely not a stress fracture and I can play -- and then come to find out it was a stress fracture and that if I'd played, I could be hurt big-time. That concerns me. That concerns my agent. It concerns my family. My family was very upset. I was upset.
"I wish I could have played in the playoffs, but I'm glad now I didn't, because it could have been very bad.''
Even more understandable, especially the family part!
In addition, Bobby seemed to talk to Billy before going to media, as Beane is quoted in the article as saying:
"I know Bobby's mad,'' A's general manager Billy Beane said. "He called me and we talked about it. The most important thing is that ultimately he got what appears to be the proper diagnosis,."
Then finally there is some tepid hope:
Crosby said he has not communicated with the A's doctors since the stress fracture was diagnosed.
"I haven't talked to them,'' he said. "I don't need to talk to them. The misdiagnosis, it's upsetting. They're nice guys, I like dealing with them, but I don't like being told I'm OK when I'm not OK.''
He has spoken to the training staff and he said he had no issue with the way the trainers handled the injury, saying he was especially grateful that they did not try to rush him back.
So, overall Crosby is mad about not getting the proper medical diagnosis about his health, as we would all be if we had to see 4 different doctors to get the right prognosis!
Now onto Halsey:
Furious Halsey rips A's
"It's all just a business decision, because if I came up and pitched Tuesday and then had an MRI and had to go on the DL, they'd have to pay me major-league DL money. It's such a mom-and-pop organization."
Then, sounding like a whiny baby after acting "tough" with some genuine F-Bombs:
"Basically, they pulled the plug on me because our trainer called them to say I was scheduled for an MRI. I'm a team guy, I'm pitching through problems, and they tell me, 'You're the guy, you're going to start (at Baltimore)' - and then I get skipped specifically for that reason (the possible injury). It's (messed up) the way they treat the people they employ. I mean, I'm a person too, not just a piece of the puzzle.''
He finishes with brief praise to the guy leap-frogging him on the depth chart, before pulling the attention back to himself:
As for Braden, Halsey said, "The kid is good, dude. I'm sure he'll be fine. But the issue is the decision making - they're totally fine with me here shredding my arm, because it won't cost them money.''
Halsey is aware that slamming the team won't improve his situation any, but, he said, "I'm going to get my arm healthy and hopefully I'll start throwing baseballs for someone else.''
So in conclusion, you have one guy who has legitimate concerns about the way his health was handled. He first talks with the General Manager of the organization about the situation, and then speaks to a reporter about his concerns and voices them in a professional and articulate manner. At no point does he whine, use profanity or complain about being passed up on the depth chart.
Then you have another guy who comes out blasting the ORGANIZATION as a whole in a very unprofessional and classless manner, apparently before even talking with the GM, who is, in all respects, his boss.
I say the two are not similar in any way. And with that said, I'm glad to welcome Crosby and to be patient with him, after hearing his side of the story. On the other hand, I'm hoping more than ever that Halsey gets shipped out!