Farewell Ramon Castro! (Don't let the door hit ya, as it could cause injury)
The Mets caused a lot of controversy among some fanboys by trading Ramon Castro to the White Sox for a bag of balls or something. The battle lines are drawn, and now Castro is more popular than ever. Do the fanboys, who are taking out there grievances on Mets new starting catcher and not-Brian Schneider Omir Santos, who they believe to have cunningly cemented his role in the line-up through recourse to devious late inning heroics that have led to several high profile (and highly satisfying) wins, have a case? Ironically, Santos is loathed for his propensity for well timed hits, the very thing (if not the only thing) that Castro was proficient at, other than drawing pay for sitting in the trainers room.
No one but the Flying Spaghetti Monster knows why Omar paid HEAD's way out of town, exactly. It could have something to do, as Rotoworld notes, that Castro "might be the one under-35 player in baseball with no desire to trade a bench role for a starting job." It could have something to do with the 2 year, $4.6 million dollar contract that Omar signed him to, or that he is 33 years of age. But it was clear the Mets wanted one of their mediocre backup catchers gone, and the spinner stopped on the perpetually injured, possible sex offender, occasional supplier of pop with the humongous noggin. I didn't mind him as a player when he could drag himself onto the field, especially relative to the options, but I can't for the life of me understand the sudden romanticizing of his Mets tenure. Outside of Wiggington, it is the strangest case of overrating-homerism that I have seen in memory. As a backup catcher, he couldn't stay healthy, particularly in the late part of the season (READ: collapse-time). Does anything say "dispensable" quite like that?
To say goodbye and let the healing begin, let's look at the highlights of HEAD's fabled Met tenure:
Seen as Marlins catcher of the future while in the minors, but slowed by a knee injury
*Pleaded no contest to misdemeanor indecent assault charge stemming from an alleged rape the facts of which were enough, at least, to convince the Pittsburg police to file felony charges of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault and unlawful restraint against Castro. Evidently a perfect fit for the Wilpons' family values theme and they signed him in December!
*Limited to just 32 games due to a toe injury: (Ramon Castro was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday after removing himself in the second inning of the Reds' 7-6, 10-inning victory.)
*Injuries further reduced his role in 2006, limiting him to 126 at-bats.
*Spends August and September incapacitated, starting a proud tradition.
*Strains hamstring late in spring training, "loses" job to Schneider.
*Spends August and September, not collapsing, but recovering from back injury.
Various right ankle and quadriceps injuries in August result in DL time, gone in September and part of August too, so at least he's not involved in collapsathon!
Here is the fullest injury history I could find, as culled from SBNation:
|May 29, 2009||Traded to White Sox |
|May 12, 2009||Missed 2 games (quadricep injury).|
|May 10, 2009||Quadricep injury, day-to-day.|
|September 12, 2008||Missed 12 games (quadricep injury).|
|August 27, 2008||Quadricep & ankle injury, 15-day DL.|
|August 12, 2008||Missed 3 games (right ankle injury).|
|August 9, 2008||Right ankle injury, day-to-day.|
|August 7, 2008||Missed 3 games (sprained right ankle).|
|August 3, 2008||Sprained right ankle, day-to-day.|
|June 2, 2008||Missed 2 games (left elbow injury).|
|May 31, 2008||Left elbow injury, day-to-day.|
|May 9, 2008||Missed 32 games (strained right hamstring).|
|March 30, 2008||Strained right hamstring, 15-day DL.|
|November 16, 2007||Re-signed as a free agent by the New York Mets |
to a two-year contract.
|September 15, 2007||Missed 29 games (lower back pain).|
|August 18, 2007||Lower back pain, 15-day DL.|
|August 14, 2007||Lower back pain, day-to-day.|
|September 27, 2006||Missed 56 games (ribcage injury).|
|August 24, 2006||Transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day |
DL (ribcage injury).
|August 4, 2006||Ribcage injury, 15-day DL.|
|July 30, 2006||Ribcage injury, day-to-day.|
|January 10, 2006||Re-signed by the New York Mets to a one-year contract.|
|June 2, 2005||Missed 16 games (strained right quadriceps).|
|May 16, 2005||Strained right quadriceps, 15-day DL.|
|April 2, 2005||Contract purchased from Norfolk (AAA).|
|December 23, 2004||Signed by the New York Mets to a minor league contract |
and invited to spring training.
|October 19, 2004||Opted for free agency.|
|October 4, 2004||Missed 110 games to the end of the regular season (toe injury).|
|July 31, 2004||Transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL (toe injury).|
|June 1, 2004||Toe injury, 15-day DL.|
|December 19, 2003||Re-signed by the Florida Marlins to a one-year contract.|
|September 30, 2003||Not on playoff roster.|
|March 1, 2003||Re-signed by the Florida Marlins to a one-year contract.|
|June 8, 2002||Missed 18 games (strained right elbow).|
|May 18, 2002||Strained right elbow, 15-day DL.|