Thursday, July 17, 2008
The Time Can Now WaitÖ
Iím sure youíve read it now, but Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the agent of Francisco Liriano has filed a grievance with the Players Union against the Twins, saying that they are keeping him in the minor leagues for too long.
I think those of you who read this site most frequently know that Iím pretty laid back, nothing really excites or bothers me. But I have to admit, this one absolutely upsets me. About a week ago, I wrote that The Time Has Come, that Francisco Liriano was ready for the big leagues and that he could come up any time. Now this happens, and I am fine with the Twins keeping him down for another month. This is arguably the most ridiculous thing I have read in a long time. A player filing a grievance against his big league club saying that they need to call him up. Are you kidding me?
The Twins, hopefully, are just sitting back and laughing. The Twins have been wise about keeping him in the minor leagues. Many wanted him up a couple of months ago, right after he stopped walking so many people. The fact is, he still wasnít throwing a lot of strikes, and he wasnít showing what he was capable of. The Twins wanted him to dominate. In his last three starts, he has done thatÖ So, three starts means a big league promotion?
Who are the Twins going to remove from the rotation? Livan? Sure, but heís owed a bunch of money and has that W-L record that many like and think is important. He canít move. The four young starters have all done very well and at this time, there is no need to take them out of the rotation. What does this grievance say to the likes of Glen Perkins, Scott Baker, Kevin Slowey and Nick Blackburn? You guys are pitching great, but Iím The Franchise, you shall all bow down to me? Nice!
Blame the agent if you want, but agents are paid by the player. This one is on Liriano. How selfish? How stupid?
In my mind, there is absolutely nothing positive that can come out of this situation for the Twins or for Francisco Liriano.
Update - Joe Christensen just made a tremendous point on his blogÖ compare how Denard Span handled his demotions to Rochester with thisÖ More proof that Denard Span is true class.