July 20, 2007
First Chase Wright, Now This...
From Ed Price -
Pitching for the first time in two weeks, Edwar Ramirez threw two strikes and 19 balls. He failed to get an out, walking four batters and allowing a grand slam to Dioner Navarro.
The last pitcher to walk four or more, allow a homer and not get an out was the Cubs' Jeremi Gonzalez, on April 2, 1998. Nolan Ryan did it once, in 1993. But only twice before in the past 50 years did a reliever go 0 IP, 4+ walks, 1+ HR: Norm Charlton in 1997 and Tom Cheney in 1961.
Fear not, on September 12, 1962, Tom Cheney set a big league record by striking out 21 batters in a 16-inning game. So, guys can rebound from something like this and go on to have big moments in the game.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at July 20, 2007 11:14 PM
This is from Peter Abraham's blog:
"I fully understand he hasn’t pitched for a while. But Edwar Ramiez had been throwing bullpens. There is no excuse for four walks and a grand slam. Minor-league stats are not always the best tool when it comes to projecting how a player will fare in the majors, particularly a relief pitcher. Too many people, fans and media alike, see good numbers and assume a guy can pitch. There was a reason the Yankees waited so long to bring up Ramirez. It’s too bad. Ramirez seems like a nice kid and obviously he got screwed by the lack of work. But there does come up a time when you have to suck it up and throw a strike. Do you really think all these guys came up from the minors and pitched under optimal conditions every time? Look up the game logs, they didn’t. Clemens, Pedro, Glavine, etc. They all had things happen, starts skipped, etc."
This guy gets paid to write this shit? Does anyone have any less understanding of playing this game?
Bullpens don't equal getting into games, and Ramirez didn't just pitch well. His numbers were ridiculous and almost unbelievable. They didn't "wait long" to call him up -- he wasn't in AAA that long. They also chose him over Britton, who had major-league experience.
Abraham is the most know-nothing, vile Joe Torre ass-kisser I've ever seen.
Proctor gets into a lot of games, he still sucks.
There should be a wheel somewhere that, with a quick spin, completes Pete's all-time favorite phrase.
"There's a reason why this guy has spent so much time..."
(spin!)Languishing on the bench
(spin!)On the DL
For the most part, he'll never be proven wrong in these assertions because guys like Kevin Thompson, Chase Wright, Edwar, and Shelly Duncan won't be given a fair shake.
And in more "if you didn't already hate Peter Abraham" news...
Apparently Ramirez teared up during his post-game interview with the press. And Abraham mocked him on his blog.
Just more reason you hope Pete chokes on a ham sandwich.