F**ing Shocker! Oliver Perez Signs Big Contract Comes to Camp Overweight, Unprepared, and Unfocused
Now that he got paid, Ollie forgot to do the...whatever this exercise is called.
ITEM: the Oliver Perez reviews are in (I bolded the important parts for the reader's convenience.) From the NY Times:
The pitching coach Dan Warthen called him “out of shape” on Wednesday after Pérez failed to get through the fourth inning of the Mets’ 10-6 loss to the Detroit Tigers. The assessment was more alarming than the performance.
Warthen said Pérez, who is listed at 205 pounds, had gained weight since arriving in Florida six weeks ago, and he indicated that participating for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic had damaged Pérez’s preparation for the regular season.
Despite their efforts, Warthen said, the Mets were unable to keep track of his regimen during the Classic. Without Warthen around to nudge him or Johan Santana to mentor him, Pérez had trouble repeating his delivery, and he has yet to regain the form he had before he left.
When Manager Jerry Manuel pulled Pérez from the game on Wednesday, with two outs in the fourth, he had walked six, allowed six runs, including a three-run homer to Plácido Polanco, and had thrown a staggering 92 pitches.“My worries have come to fruition,” Warthen said.
Here's the skinny. Ignoring or failing to secure other options the Mets just resigned a guy who: their own pitching coach had reservations about, came to camp out of shape and overweight after an off-season where as a free agent, he drew almost zero interest, and...apparently needs a babysitter. A real pro's pro.
Inning one of today's spring game against the Tigers was pure Oliver Alchemy, the way Perez' inability to focus seems to combine with Mets fielding blunders to create some of the most unwatchable baseball possible. Today: Reyes looses ball in sun, Perez proceeds to attempt to walk the ballpark. I turn off TV set. My revulsion at watching Perez pitch is getting to Traschellistic proportions. How many times do you feel like you've seen that one before?
Resigning this jokster was a big blunder on the Mets part, an incredible failure of imagination and planning and it will cost them. Mark my words.