Frankie Rodriguez is a jerk and makes me ashamed to be a Mets fan, and if the Mets knew what’s best for them, they’d use this revolting incident as the opportunity it is to void that terrible contract he has and reassign the No. 75 jersey to a bush leaguer, not a guy who only acts like one.

With the help of an easily reached game-finished incentive next year, the
Mets would be on the hook for $29 million over the next two seasons for Rodriguez. Even if he didn’t beat people up every so often, that’s an awful lot for what’s essentially a luxury that’s barely made a difference in the security of leads. I’ve said it before, but Brand Name Closers are about the worst investment a team can make and Omar’s been burned on every one he’s chased so far. That Rodriguez is so far down the list of Omar’s mistakes is surely an indictment of his reign: So is the fact that the team hasn’t won two games in a row since late June, and continues to be led by a manger with no authority or game strategy. What a mess!

Ryota Igarashi was recalled to the Mets Thursday while Rodriguez cools off on the restricted list, expect more roster changes Saturday when the Mets have to decide on a starter to oppose Roy Halladay. Buffalo lefty Pat Misch is a possibility and gained plenty of experience playing for a lousy second-half Mets team last season. His No. 48 jersey has yet to be reassigned.

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One comment

  1. Jon Springer says:

    Submitted by EdgyDC on Thu, 08/12/2010 – 10:16pm.
    Jerry does so have a game strategy.

    A stubborn, rigid, archaic, disastrous game strategy.

    Next time it’ll be different!

    Submitted by LWFS (not verified) on Thu, 08/12/2010 – 11:16pm.
    This one’s just a little excitable! They’re not always like this! Really, it’s our fault– we shouldn’t have complained about the bullpen; we know how Omar is.

    We haven’t been burned by bad management– we just fell down the stairs!

    C’mon baby, this time it’ll be different, I promise

    Submitted by 9th_string_catcher (not verified) on Fri, 08/13/2010 – 10:20am.
    Being a Mets fan is kinda like being in an abusive relationship – you know they mean well and really don’t want to hurt you. They just can’t help it. I’ll just give it 6 more months, and if nothing changes, I’m leaving. For good this time.

    But we never do…

    Games finished?

    Submitted by gored82 on Fri, 08/13/2010 – 1:27pm.
    If the Mets don’t wish to pay him on the $17.5 million option for 2012, the manager can simply make sure he doesn’t finish enough games in 2011…


    Submitted by Jon (not verified) on Fri, 08/13/2010 – 5:51pm.
    Jerry shouldn’t (nor wouldn’t) be trusted with not using his best reliever in a game. Besides, he needs work on getting by with non-superstars more than anyone.


    Submitted by gored82 on Sat, 08/14/2010 – 8:37am.
    He can use him plenty; he can just make sure the guy doesn’t finish…baseball history is full of examples like this – remember Ed Cicotte in “Eight Men Out?”

    Nothing in it for Jerry

    Submitted by Jon Springer on Sat, 08/14/2010 – 10:30pm.
    What’s in it for Jerry not to use his best arm? Believe me if Rodriguez is there, Jerry will use him, and given Jerry’s complete lack of creativity and blind adherence to dubious save-rule bullpen strategy, Rodiguez would easily meet his incentive targets. Count on it!

    Not Jerry

    Submitted by gored82 on Mon, 08/16/2010 – 10:28am.
    Whatever the Wilpons say now, I’ll be surprised if Omar and Jerry (especially Jerry) are back next year…

    K-Rod gets the thumb

    Submitted by gored82 on Mon, 08/16/2010 – 5:04pm.
    Maybe K-Rod’s thumb injury will give the Mets an out for his contract…

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