Tuesday, March 17, 2009
As if it weren't bad enough that the Mets had 16 players missing from Spring Training because of this World Baseball Classic, now we are hearing the Mets players are being abused. And I don't mean Fernando Tatis' whining that he wasn't given the same level of respect as better players. I am not even talking about David Wright getting kneed in the head. Something like that you can never predict, and could have happened just as easily in a Spring Training exhibition (I think). No, my biggest gripe is the way Oliver Perez and K-Rod are being used in this tournament. K-Rod has now recorded two 4 out saves, after recording NONE all last season. And Ollie Perez threw 85 pitches yesterday! IN March! These were the Mets two biggest financial investments in the off-season, and I think it is ridiculous how the managers are not considering at least a little bit of the shape these players' bodies are generally in this kind of year, and the marathon season that is in front of them long after we forget who won this WBC.