Ricky Romero injury raises doubts

10/31/2012 5:06 AM - Devo

Ricky Romero 3.jpgRicky Romero had arthroscopic surgery on his throwing elbow and platelet-rich plasma injections to his ailing knees according to Sportsnet

Romero did admit that he pitched with pain throughout the season thus leading to an MRI at the end of the year. Doesn’t this make you wonder that things were worse than what people led on? 

If your elbow is hurting that much that it requires surgery, maybe this should have been something that was dealt with months ago. 

People all year were questioning what was wrong with Romero? He was supposedly the Ace of the staff, signed a long-term deal and was ready for the spotlight. Instead he had the worst year of his career after having his best. He led the league in walks (105), tied for 5th in losses with 14 and had an ERA of 5.77. 

With all the information we have at our fingertips, and statistical data available, the injury and results really aren’t surprising. Coaches and managers have their instincts as do players and fans, and obviously something was wrong with Romero this year-confidence, mechanics, injury? 

With the rash of injuries that the Toronto Blue Jays were dealt would it have hurt to check him out as a precaution? It’s not a blow to his confidence right? These players are investments and ownership has the right to protect it. 

This makes you think of Jaime Garcia of the St. Louis Cardinals. He concealed a shoulder injury and had to be taken out of a playoff game because of it. Hindsight is 20/20 but there is no doubt his loss was a big blow to Cardinals and their playoff run this year. And his teammates were obviously miffed including GM John Mozeliak as stated in USA Today

"GM John Mozeliak said it was "frustrating" to learn of Garcia's injury after he pitched in the game".

All athletes are “gamers” and want to perform at the best of their ability. Yet, there are times when necessary to pull back the reigns and step aside. Of course it’s tough and we would all attempt to play through the pain but, in the grand scheme of things, playing it safe isn’t, necessarily, the wrong thing to do.

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here

Miami Marlins sign No.1 Baseball America Independent prospect

10/28/2012 6:48 AM - Devo

Kevin Gelinas.jpgKevin Gelinas, who had his contract originally purchased by the New York Yankees, is now a member of the Miami Marlins organization (according to OurSports Central).

Gelinas, who was recently rated the No.1 Independent Prospect under 25, by Baseball America, started turning some eyes with his mid 90’s fastball, and 6’5 frame. 

After being drafted twice out of college; first by the Pittsburgh Pirates and second by the New York Mets, Gelinas didn’t begin his professional career until after completing his senior season with University of Southern California, Santa Barbara.  

Playing in only 22 games for the San Angelo Colts of the North American League, he was limited to what looks like, one or two innings per appearance, and after reviewing his college numbers, it was probably best until he solidifies himself in the role given to him. In 23 innings with the Colts, Gelinas walked five, struck out 29, recorded two saves, and compiled a 3.13 ERA.  

This is another great coup for the Independent game. The Indy leagues don’t get a lot of press or accolades thrown their way, but this is another example where if you have talent, someone will find you.

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here


John Farrell’s departure turns the Toronto Blue Jays universe upside down

10/23/2012 4:18 AM - Devo

John Farrell.jpgIt was one of the worst kept secrets in baseball: The Boston Red Sox wanted John Farrell as their manager. And in the end, all parties involved got what they wanted-except the Toronto Blue Jays. 

Late Saturday night/early Sunday morning it was reported that the deal was finally complete and Farrell was indeed the newest manager of the Red Sox. 

In return, the Jays received Red Sox starting SS Mike Aviles. 

If you were following Twitter during that time, people were all over the map; from claims that Dustin Pedroia was coming to Toronto or that Daniel Bard was on his way. The Blue Jays were in the driver’s seat correct? No they weren’t. 

Bob McCown of Sportsnet recently had Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos on his radio show and asked him his thoughts on Farrell’s departure. More specifically, taking a tough stance stating that Farrell made a commitment and he should stick to it-if not fire him. 

Anthopoulos was very calm in his response and as usual said the right thing. And In this case, it is the right stance. If Farrell wants to be in Boston let him. What good what it do staying in Toronto, or firing him? Where would that leave the club? It would leave them without a manager and zero compensation. 

Unfortunately, what I am dreading in the coming months is the bashing the former Jays manager is going to take in the media. 

People will say he was not committed to the job, he was in over his head, he never managed in his life and he lost control of the dugout. I will say that there could be truth to that, but in Farrell’s time at the helm he improved, he made the right moves most of the time, and also learnt from his mistakes. 

I for one think Farrell did a great job. Considering all the injuries his team faced this year; a decimated starting rotation, and the loss of slugger Jose Bautista, he kept them in the majority of the games. At the same had an influx of minor leaguers that were at least two years from being ready penciled in the starting line-up. 

If you've heard the recent responses from Red Sox players about their former pitching coach’s return, you'd think Farrell was a veteran of this managing game. In all estimations, he is. He spearheaded a Red Sox pitching staff to a World Series championship in 2007 and had great relationships with the players to boot. 

Was the dissention on the Jays team a result of Farrell’s laid back approach? I really don’t think so. Before Farrell was announced as the Jays manager, wasn’t’ the same thing said about Cito Gaston? According to a an article in the Toronto Star a few years back, rumours were rampant about a lack of control in the clubhouse, negativity and friction between the players and Gaston. 

This year Omar Vizquel’s comments about Farrell’s treatment of young players, and how their mistakes went unaccountable were written about on ESPN. Farrell, as politically correct as he could be said he would rather keep things in house than have them spread throughout the newswire. 

Two player/coaches with years of experience who have never had any real documented player disputes all of sudden do not know how to control their team. I find that hard to believe. The players in Boston sure can’t wait for Farrell’s return. 

Maybe it’s the players? No one ever seems to question them. It cannot be the manager’s fault all the time. Maybe Farrell wasn’t meant to be in Toronto, but in the end he did all that he could with the hand he was dealt. 

After all is said and done Toronto will be on the hunt for a new manager again and Boston has a new skipper on the hot-seat. That’s the game of baseball and this stuff really shouldn’t surprise us anymore.

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here

A-Rod hatred has reached Barry Bonds proportions

10/18/2012 4:37 AM - Devo

Alex Rodriguez 2.jpgBarry Bonds is the ultimate villain in baseball and the significance of his accomplishments never garnered the respect it deserved; 7 MVP awards, 73 home runs, breaking Hank Aaron’s record, just to name a few. 

The steroids issue continually followed him around, and he also had the reputation of playing for himself and never really being that team guy. Ask Jeff Kent about that one. 

On the other hand, Alex Rodriguez might be the most hated baseball man on the planet, surpassing Bonds and Roger Clemens. 

Steroid controversy has followed Rodriguez but not to the same extent. He was interviewed on nation television and admitted that for three years, while a member of the Texas Rangers, was using PEDs. What I gathered from the reaction of many from the interview was that he looked like an Oompa Loompa. Enter A-Roid to the fray. 

Again, Bonds was hated for his contempt of the media and lack of compassion. Multiple failures in the post-season didn’t help his reputation, yet, there was this bitter-sweet taste left in everyone’s mouth year-after-year when Bonds began to destroy record after record, rewriting the record books. Breaking hallowed records with names like Ruth,  Mays and Aaron attached to it, rubbed people the wrong way. 

A-Rod just seemed to get caught in awkward situation after awkward situation, never apologizes or takes responsibility. 

Remember his extra-curricular activities with the stripper in Toronto? A-Roid becomes Stray-Rod. 

Of course there were his base-running blunders knocking the ball out of Bronson Arroyo’s hand and his controversial shout at Blue Jays infielder Howie Clark. 

We, and the rest of the world, are also aware of the struggles he has faced in the post-season. This year especially when injuries are taking their toll, we are seeing perhaps, the final days of Rodriguez in a Yankee uniform. Rumours are flying that a trade to the Miami Marlins are imminent, though heavily disputed by Yankees GM Brian Cashman. You can’t blame the rumour mill. He is batting .130 over 23 at-bats and is seeing the bench now more than ever. The A-Fraud nickname is in full effect. 

Is the hate and ridicule really necessary? Yes and no. 

As the highest paid player in baseball, one who still has a guaranteed $114 million on the table, any razzing received is more than acceptable when you are making that sort of cash. 

Could you imagine the average person dealing with this on a daily basis? 

A-Rod is going to work everyday. He is doing his job just like the rest of us. He is involved in a hot-bed constantly and getting abused at every turn. Even if you hate the guy, he should deserve some credit for putting up with it. 

The question as to whether A-Rod is hated more than Bonds is completely accurate. Bonds could back up his detractors. You hate him but he hits a home run and smiles at you. You lay down the gauntlet for A-Rod, and he whiffs on three pitches and you smile at him. 

His career’s at a cross-road and will only get worse. Unfortunately, people seem to be OK with that as bad as that may sound. 

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here

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