Precision Strikes 5.12.2011

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Let’s try some short bursts of….stuff.

More Mets-style bad luck in Anaheim.

I said at the time of Angels first baseman Kendry Morales‘s ankle injury (incurred when leaping onto home plate to celebrate a game-winning homer) that it was the type of thing that heretofore only happened to the Mets.

Now it’s gotten worse as Morales’s ankle isn’t healing sufficiently and he needs season-ending surgery to repair it.

It was a stupid injury in an innocuous situation and it might have ruined Morales’s career. There’s no lamentation necessary. It happened and not much can be done other than hope this new surgery works to fix Morales.

This is slightly out of context.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson discounted the notion that the Mets would trade Jose Reyes and then try to re-sign him as a free agent after the season—MLBTradeRumors.

One of the reasons Alderson mentions is the lack of history of teams trading a player and then re-signing him as a free agent.

What’s missed is how many teams actually even attempted to re-sign a player they traded immediately following the season.

Austin Kearns returned to the Indians after last season; Jim Thome was ready to return to the White Sox after 2009; but apart from that, how often has there been an avid pursuit of a player like Reyes who’s in his prime and set to go for a Carl Crawford-style payday?

I can’t think of any off the top of my head.

Bartolo Colon‘s succes “explained”?

Bartolo Colon’s treatment in coming back from injuries is detailed here in this NY Times Story.

What this means is anyone’s guess. It seems to be working for now. I’m highly dubious about Colon for the long term and I’m guessing reality will hit within the next month.

The doctor in question looks like he wants attention and/or clients; MLB is “investigating”, which shouldn’t inspire much confidence considering history and the “don’t ask/don’t tell” nature of prior PED “investigations”.

What I find most striking in the Times piece is the following:

Colon, whose English is limited, answered only, “I don’t know, I don’t know,” in Spanish when asked last week about his medical treatment in the Dominican Republic.

Bartolo Colon has been in the big leagues since 1997.

He still doesn’t speak English?



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