Kawakami clears waivers, dropped from Braves roster

If it wasn’t already obvious  that Kenshin Kawakami’s days with the Braves were numbered, the point was made clearer when the pitcher was outrighted to Double-A Mississippi after clearing waivers Friday.

Kawakami is still owed $6.67 million for 2011 in the final season of a three-year, $23 million contract, and the Braves have sought a team – possibly a Japanese team – to take him and pay at least a portion of his salary, so they won’t have to eat it all.

“We’ve had a number of discussions over the last couple of weeks,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said on Friday. “I’ll leave it at that.”

The 35-year-old Japanese veteran is 8-22 with a 4.32 ERA over two seasons with the Braves in 50 games, including 41 starts.

Why make the waiver move now? Because the Braves wanted to open a roster spot before a Nov. 19 deadline to add to their 40-man roster any players who need to be protected from next month’s Rule 5 draft.

“It opens up a roster spot,” Wren said Saturday. “It doesn’t change anything else.”

Kawakami slipped to 1-10 with a 5.15 ERA in 2010, after going 7-12 with a 3.86 ERA in ‘09. He lost his starting rotation spot last summer and spent time at Triple-A Gwinnett late in the season.

Two winters ago, the Braves outbid Boston and a few other teams for the services of Kawakami after he decided to leave an accomplished career in Japan and come to the United States as a free agent.

But clearly, the contract has not worked out well for the Braves. They might end up sending him back to any Japanese team that will agree to pay a portion of the salary still owed in his guaranteed contract.

The Braves have six other starters ahead of him: Tim Hudson, Derek Lowe, Tommy Hanson, Jair Jurrjens, and rookies Mike Minor and Brandon Beachy. Minor and Beachy would compete for the fifth spot in the rotation, as things currently stand.

Kawakami’s run support ranked among the majors’ lowest over two seasons, one reason why his record in 2009 was not reflective of his overall solid performance that season.

He had some notable starts that season. In one, Kawakami outpitched then-Toronto ace Roy Halladay, allowing three hits in eight scoreless innings of a Braves win.

But his overall performance declined sharply in 2010, and Kawakami wasn’t a factor down the stretch after being dropped from the rotation. He was left off the postseason roster.

A few days days after the Braves’ division-series loss to San Francisco, Wren made it clear that he intended to move Kawakami during the offseason.

“I think we owe it to him, and to us, to explore what possibilities there are out there,”  Wren said on Oct. 14. “Because with the development of our young pitchers, it’s become more difficult for us to project him in the rotation, and that’s really the best role for him.”

Trades aren’t permitted between Major League and Japanese teams, but deals can be worked out to reimburse some remaining salary on an existing deal.

The Yomiuri Giants – better known as Tokyo Giants — and Nippon Ham Fighters reportedly expressed interest in Kawakami, and the Hanshin Tigers have also been mentioned as a possible suitor.

222 comments Add your comment

stew

November 13th, 2010
11:46 am

goodbye sayonara amscray

Gumbylovespokey

November 13th, 2010
11:49 am

Meaningless first!

fauxfrankwren

November 13th, 2010
11:57 am

I approve of this blog post.

wjones

November 13th, 2010
12:00 pm

Well, they certainly aren’t being coy about this, are they? No made up phantom injury during the season, no blowing smoke about dealing him in the off-season. Gotta admire the candor, I guess.

dap01

November 13th, 2010
12:03 pm

There are a lot of major league pitchers with significantly higher ERA’s with secure jobs. If he had had Derek Lowes run support the past 2 years, he would not have been released.

marke

November 13th, 2010
12:13 pm

Thank God and greyhound he’s gone.

Bravesfan54

November 13th, 2010
12:15 pm

I have never understood all the “hating” on this guy. Take away his last dismal appearance – and he had a high, though serviceable ERA. His K/BB ratio was in line with Lowe’s. They hated on the guy the year before when his ERA was 3.86. This was insane.

jed

November 13th, 2010
12:16 pm

most braves fans dont realize it, but dap01 is absolutely right about KK. at the time they stopped using kawakami, his era was about half a point higher than lowe’s. it sure came back to bite them at the end of the season, when we were stuck with beachy and minor.

NCBravesFan

November 13th, 2010
12:18 pm

Hope he lands in a good place and gets back on track – he always struck me as being pretty professional about the whole thing and didn’t seem to point fingers at anyone but himself.

Bill in VA

November 13th, 2010
12:21 pm

Bravesfan54——Agree!! Fault the offense, which led to a mental thing for KK. I’ve been there.

Rob

November 13th, 2010
12:55 pm

KK IS NOW THE HIGHEST PAID MINOR LEAGUE PLAYER IN THE WORLD
ALL SPORTS TEAMS NEED TO REALIZE NO PLAYER IS WORTH THEIR MILLION
DOLLAR SALARIES WHILE WE HAVE A COUNTRY FULL UNEMPLOYED,HUNGRY
AND HOMELESS PEOPLE.

waterstim

November 13th, 2010
12:57 pm

KK could have acted much worse. He was a good guy that got no run support. It just wasn’t meant to be. Kudos to him and the braves for trying

Prissy

November 13th, 2010
1:04 pm

Best of luck to you, KK.

mike jones

November 13th, 2010
1:07 pm

Cry me a river

don

November 13th, 2010
1:09 pm

Don’t put the blame on Kawakami. Place it where it belongs. This was another disastrous deal by the hapless Wren.

Ken Tanner

November 13th, 2010
1:11 pm

What is a Ham Fighter? Why does anyone need to fight ham? Can’t we all just get along?

David

November 13th, 2010
1:13 pm

Rob

Quit going to baseball games, watching them on tv and supporting its news coverage. They provide a product that people really like and that’s why they get paid. Why don’t you do something that people actually like and want to pay for….

Braves Fan

November 13th, 2010
1:20 pm

Now get some damn bats or we’ll be in the same shape as last season.

Churchy

November 13th, 2010
1:26 pm

Hopefully, lesson learned with the whole Kawakami experiment.

jimmymack

November 13th, 2010
1:27 pm

adam dunn would look good in a braves uniform.it’s a shame it didn’t work for kk i wish him luck with his next team

Hit A Single

November 13th, 2010
1:31 pm

Hey Rob -Homeless – Most are there by choice. I saw a homeless women come in a shop and said she was hungry and needed some money to buy food. The owner gave her a chicken sandwich instead of money. When she got out of the shop she threw the sandwich on the ground and stomped off. I guess she didn’t like chicken. Hell she doesn’t like work. That is the whole problem.

STRETCH

November 13th, 2010
1:31 pm

Ham fighters? Hmmm….makes me wanna watch Rocky or somethin…well anyway it opens up a spot for atleast another bat. If this organization goes after another pitcher i will go punch me a ham or two!

Hit A Single

November 13th, 2010
1:31 pm

Back to baseball – We need a stick. Remember what Fred McGriff meant.

Captain Lou Albano

November 13th, 2010
1:39 pm

Sorry it didn’t work out KK. I hope you find another team as soon as possible.

jason

November 13th, 2010
1:58 pm

hey we dropped him. now the braves have more mooneyy to buy a good outfielder and resign d-lee if chippers knee is bad so he can play 3rd.

JTH

November 13th, 2010
2:09 pm

A huge mistake has been corrected.

Really

November 13th, 2010
2:17 pm

We just let a future cy young pitcher go for nothing, fire Frank Wren

nique

November 13th, 2010
2:24 pm

He has brought dishonor to his family. He should do the honorable thing…..

IlliniBrave

November 13th, 2010
2:27 pm

Evidently, if you post a comment which includes the national heritage of KK, it gets blocked by the AJC filter. How ridiculous!

rebelson

November 13th, 2010
2:35 pm

just your average fan here…not enough knowledge to say whether or not the kk deal ewas a bad one or not…but …i do wish him well with his future..actually my comment is to the 6 starter thing….there was no mention of kris medlin….i thought this kid had great stuff….is he being left totally out of the mix for next year?

Tomahawk

November 13th, 2010
2:41 pm

Nippon Ham is this company that owns the team. The team name is the Fighters

Andrew

November 13th, 2010
2:49 pm

Rebelson, Ive heard that Kris might not be back next season because of his surgery. But that just may be a rumor. I would love to know if hes going to come back or not.

I really like Medlen too! I really think he is the next star pitcher for the Braves.

JSS

November 13th, 2010
2:50 pm

Well for the racist and the otherwise just plain ignorant, The Ham Fighters are renamed after the main patron company Nipoon Ham… The team which was based in Tokyo for their first 58 years was called “The Fighters.”

Good luck to you Mr. Kawakami… I hope you get every red penny pinching cent out of those greedy misers and their bigoted fans too!

Homer

November 13th, 2010
2:51 pm

Karakami the most recent whipping boy of the pea brain Braves fans is gone so who you going to pick on now

Rob

November 13th, 2010
2:51 pm

HEY DAVID AND Hit A Single. NEITHER ONE OF YOU KNOW ME OR WHAT I WATCH AND DO. I AM NOT HOMELESS AND I DO BOYCOTT GOING TO GAMES FOR THE VERY REASON THAT I WILL NOT HELP SUPPORT THE OUTRAGEOUS SALARIES.
THEIR ARE LOTS OF PEOPLE HOMELESS THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN.
DID THEY ASK TO BE LAID OFF FROM THEIR JOBS WHILE THE CEO’S TAKE MILLIONS IN PAY AND BONUSES. GREED WILL BE THE DESTRUCTION OF THIS
COUNTRY. YOU BOTH LACK ANY COMMON SENSE OR LOGIC

NO MORE BOBBY

November 13th, 2010
2:57 pm

Out with the bad and in with more bad from Wren.

Homer

November 13th, 2010
2:59 pm

No Rob LAZINESS will be destruction of this Country. People without jobs won’t do manual labor cause it’s not their expertise.

mike

November 13th, 2010
3:09 pm

Rob, sorry you got beat up by the athletes in school, but please take your nerdness away from a sports blog.

Rob

November 13th, 2010
3:21 pm

HOMER, most people are not LAZY. IT’S ABOUT HAVING A JOB THAT PAYS ENOUGH MONEY TO LIVE ON.. ALSO manual or skilled labor doesn’t matter there simple is not enough jobs available verses the population seeking jobs.
I could explain further but we are off the original blog subject.

Steve

November 13th, 2010
3:27 pm

Fumbling Frank at his best.

Rob

November 13th, 2010
3:29 pm

MIKE how can you speak about someone that you have never met and know absolutely nothing about? UNLESS YOU CAN SPEAK THE TRUTH ABOUT SOMEONE IT’S BEST NOT TO SAY ANYTHING. YOUR STATEMENTS ARE NOT EVEN CLOSE TO TRUTH.

vermont 39

November 13th, 2010
3:45 pm

You lose; you go…especially at that price!

SF Braves Fan

November 13th, 2010
4:03 pm

Rob, you are right that too many people in this country are unemployed through no fault of their own. But there would be even more people in this situation if sports disappeared and the people employed as ushers, venders, maintenance crews, journalists, customer service people, security people, advertisers, analyzers, and all the others who are directly or indirectly employed by the sports industry lost their jobs. Unlike a lot of other industries, sports and entertainment doesn’t cause any harm to the world, and it employs a lot of people and boosts local economies. If you are looking for something to boycott and be mad about in this world, there are a lot of better candidates than baseball.

Brava

November 13th, 2010
4:12 pm

KK is not a bad pitcher and would do well on a team that can score some runs. I hope a team out there is willing to give him a chance and will eat half his salary to boot. I wish him the best, going forward.

StingerSplash

November 13th, 2010
4:21 pm

Is that Fresh Air in Jackson in your twitpic? Been a loooonnngggg time since I darkened its door. And is that your ride in the foreground?
You know, a good fill flash would help … unless you took that with your phone. Then never mind.

JonnyVenter'sLeftArm

November 13th, 2010
4:22 pm

Well no one wanted him on the waiver wire; will someone take him in the Rule 5 draft?

Roja

November 13th, 2010
4:28 pm

Highest paid AA pitcher in baseball history????

Roja

November 13th, 2010
4:33 pm

Years ago we paid Bruce Sutter what was at the time an exhorbitant salary to warm the bench and nothing else. Amazing how the current owners are about as smart as Ted was!

Roja

November 13th, 2010
4:37 pm

Only problem I have with waiving KK is that we waited about 12 months longer than we should have. We paid him over $1 million per loss in 2009. At least this year we won’t pay him to put us a projected 9 games behind the Phillies in the NL East race as of opening day.

Bill in VA

November 13th, 2010
4:37 pm

Good Comment, SF Braves Fan @ 4:03!!!!!!

Luke

November 13th, 2010
4:38 pm

Rob needs to learn the English language. Also, he needs to learn that “boycotting” games and fighting on a blog doesn’t do anything. Write your local elected official if you feel strongly about it. Don’t go be Billy Bad-ass on a computer.

Roja

November 13th, 2010
4:40 pm

There were thousands of people employed as ushers, venders, maintenance crews, journalists, customer service people, security people, advertisers, analyzers, and others directly or indirectly employed by the sports industry when MLB Minimum was $6000 a year and a $1 million contract was almost unheard of. I know because I was one of them.

Earl

November 13th, 2010
4:46 pm

I’ve never seen the Braves jerk anyone around as bad as they’ve done to Kawakami. He must have really done something to get on their case. I’m sure he’ll find another team, as he’s not as bad as the Braves seem to think he is.

Pablo

November 13th, 2010
5:12 pm

GR. Too bad the Bravos are still on the hook for $6 million+ for a mediocre pitcher.

Rob

November 13th, 2010
5:18 pm

HEY LUKE, LIKE I TOLD MIKE IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHO YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THEN KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT. I KNOW THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.
I AM NOT FIGHTING OR TRYING TO BE A BILLY BAD ASS ON A COMPUTER.
I’M DEFENDING MY COMMENTS WHICH SOME PEOPLE FEEL I DON’T HAVE A RIGHT TO SPEAK MY OPINION. IF YOU DON’T LIKE WHAT I SAY BIG DEAL, WHY BE SO CHILDISH AND START CALLING SOMEONE NAMES AND MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS AGAINST THEM.

extremus

November 13th, 2010
5:42 pm

Well, on paper that translates into possibly 5 to 10 extra wins next season if the fifth starter does even marginally well. I hate that Kawakami didn’t work out for the Braves but the fact is this HAD to be done even if the Braves end up eating the rest of his contract (and AGAIN, this is why NO contract in professional sports should EVER be “guaranteed” but instead based “on services rendered” like the REST OF US).

The living legend

November 13th, 2010
5:44 pm

1. We should of gotten Mark Grace to be our hitting coach

2. KK was a mistake, but one many teams were wanting to make. The Braves were aggressive and it did not pay off this time, it happens. Best of luck to KK and I hope the Braves will be aggressive this winter.

3. Rob, you are probably an unproductive member of society, and a bitter and jealous person. So you do not have a right to speak. This is called capitalism and it is what built the country, not ruined it.

That is all The Legend has.

Pepe Frias

November 13th, 2010
5:45 pm

Just need to get rid of Matt Diaz, Peter Moylan and Chipper Jones….then we will be free of the foster flotsum from last season.

wardo

November 13th, 2010
5:54 pm

Any good sushi places in Mississippi?

Rob

November 13th, 2010
6:08 pm

HEY LEGEND, UNTIL YOU KNOW WHO I ACTUALLY AM AND KNOW WHAT I DO
KEEP YOUR IGNORANT COMMENTS TO YOURSELF.
I HAVE JUST AS MUCH RIGHT TO SAY WHAT I THINK AS YOU DO.
YOU SOUND LIKE A DICTATOR AND YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE ALOUD TO SPEAK.
GROW UP YOU CHILDISH MORON.
OUR “CAPITALISM” MIGHT HAVE BEEN A GOOD IDEA A COUPLE 100 YEARS AGO BUT IT DOES NOT WORK IN THESE DAYS AND TIMES. GREED WILL NOT SUCCEED BUT DESTROY US

ward

November 13th, 2010
6:17 pm

money on the pay roll.

ward

November 13th, 2010
6:18 pm

finally!!!!!!!!!!!

Rob

November 13th, 2010
6:25 pm

WARD, According to the article that you are commenting on the Braves still have to pay him the 6 + mill left on his contract. They are hoping someone will take him so they won’t have waste (loose)so much money.

ward

November 13th, 2010
6:29 pm

yeah: you are right , and i’m happy Kawakami is gone.

Lazy Eyes Lisa's Daddy

November 13th, 2010
7:21 pm

Can’t wren just admit he screwed up with this move, the Glaus move,the Mclouth trade,the ankiel trade,etc.,etc. ? Hell, all his moves.

Geezer

November 13th, 2010
7:25 pm

Maybe we can find somebody to take on Wren and his salary as well.

bostonbravo

November 13th, 2010
7:28 pm

I agree with several. given support KK would have been ‘OK’.
McLouth, Glaus can go too. and lord help me: PLEASE RETIRE SOON CHIPPER!

The living legend

November 13th, 2010
7:47 pm

Rob, turn the caps off, and go stand in the soup lines, the grown ups and people with jobs are talking. No one really wants to hear you. If you do not like our country and capitalistic ways, then move. I am sure there is a Mcdonalds in another country that will hire you. You are jealous and bitter and want a hand out, that is what is wrong with our country.

Now, back to baseball. I say KK did not get much run support, and he struggled pitching out of jams. He wated a few years too long to come to MLB. He did seem like a good guy, I hope him the best elsewhere. I would like to see someone brought in that is capable of 25-30 hrs. I think a lineup of: Prado 2B, Heyward RF, Chipper 3B, McCann C, someone to play LF, Gonzo SS, Freeman 1B and Mclouth in CF will be good while having Hinske, Diaz, Infante, Conrad on the bench. Mclouth cannot be worse than he was this year, so any improvement will be like an addition. There is just no room for KK and it is best to cut ties.

Rob

November 13th, 2010
7:55 pm

HEY LEGEND , I HEAR YO MA MA CALLING YOU TO DINNER.
I HOPE YOU GROW UP AND LEARN A LITTLE RESPECT FOR
OTHER PEOPLE AND THEIR OPINIONS.
FOR YOU TO SPEAK ABOUT ME AND PUT ME DOWN EVEN THOUGH
YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT ME SHOWS HOW CHILDISH AND
IGNORANT YOU REALLY ARE.

Delbert D.

November 13th, 2010
8:03 pm

Good. Now what? Chipper needs to go to Boston to impress the AL with his DH skills.

Trey - 6

November 13th, 2010
8:26 pm

Oh thank goodness! I hope whomever gets him has better luck.

-"The Boss" G-

November 13th, 2010
8:35 pm

Rob take your anti-American bulls**T out of here you homo
I say trade jurrjens if necesary for a bat, we have to upgrade our offense in a few spots…

Fourbee

November 13th, 2010
8:45 pm

Rob,

You seem to enjoy calling someone “IGNORANT”. My IQ is 152 and I know what ignorance is: ROB!

USAF Retired

November 13th, 2010
8:46 pm

I still say KK got a raw deal. He had a bad year for sure, but I don’t think he got the opportunities to pitch out of a bad season that any one of the other starters would have gotten had they been in the same situation…he got next to no run support. KK can pitch but you have to pitch in games to get better…Cox gave him little opportunity to do that. I wish KK well and always appreciated his attitude.

govols

November 13th, 2010
9:10 pm

I wonder if we will see the braves add a second baseman and have Prado in left field next year. I understand he plays outfield in winter ball and it seems there may be more possibilities that would also allow concentrating on center field. Infante needs to remain in his utility role. And, if Prado played left why couldn’t he still spell Chipper allowing Hinske playing time?

If no one responds to the obnoxious blogger maybe he will go away.

Rick

November 13th, 2010
9:14 pm

Cox gave KK plenty of opportunities and he just stunk up the joint. Give me a break you KK apologists. True, he didn’t get a lot of run support but jeez, with his soft, up in the zone pitches the Braves bats would have to put on a clinic to keep his games close. Besides, as Wren clearly pointed out, the young guns are coming thru pretty damn good.

I won’t miss him…

Ron Hyatt

November 13th, 2010
9:50 pm

Baseball players should have to work real jobs in the off season to make ends meet.

Jamess

November 13th, 2010
10:22 pm

this is great news for the braves.

StingerSplash

November 13th, 2010
11:50 pm

Thanks to some prompting from a columnist on boston.com (the Globe’s web site), I took a gander at the 2006 baseball draft.
The Braves had one truly great pick who, alas, is a star for someone else.
Their first round picks that year were:
Adam Wainwright. Sigh.
Scott Thorman. Really.
Kelly Johnson. Yep.
But wait. We ain’t done.
Their fourth — 4th! — pick in the first round was Aaron Herr. Another compensation pick.
The Braves got extra picks for losing to free agency Jose Hernandez and Russ Springer. Or Jerry Springer. Or a springer spaniel.
Wait a minute, Sneaker Pimps are on. I be back later fools.

Goes with swiss

November 14th, 2010
12:10 am

What about those Nippon Ham Fighters — what kind of bread does that come on? Do you have a choice of mustards?

fsufootball

November 14th, 2010
12:14 am

im a diehard braves fans but most and like said most of yall people nre stupid and need to shut up have no idea what yall are talking about SHUT UP

fsufootball

November 14th, 2010
12:14 am

fsufootball

November 14th, 2010
12:16 am

most of yall are immature and dont know how to talk like i said most

MiamiBrave

November 14th, 2010
12:25 am

TV stations in Miami today were reporting that the Marlins are talking to Detroit about trading Uggla. Get in on this Wren!!! Vizcaino and another prospect for Uggla should work. Given that they just traded away Maybin today and Andrew Miller the other day, the Marlins officially gave away Miguel Cabrera for nobody to Detroit already. With Uggla at 2nd base, we could move Infante to CF at least until Chipper strains an oblique or steps on a peanut shell and breaks his foot again. Then either Uggla or Prado can go to 3rd permanently.

Steve

November 14th, 2010
12:31 am

Those of you comparing him to Lowe are ridiculous. Even with Lowe’s run support in 2010 KK is still a below .500 pitcher.

‘at the time they stopped using kawakami, his era was about half a point higher than Lowe’
Only a half point higher? That’s the difference in a #1 and #2 starter .. or #3 and #4. A half a run is NOT a small thing. Let’s also make one thing certain .. Lowe was trending in the GOOD direction and KK was not.

” They hated on the guy the year before when his ERA was 3.86. This was insane.”
Explain who you mean by ‘they’ because almot every BRaves fan I know thought KK was a steal last year. There were very few haters even on this blog. I think you are absolutly full of it.

” it sure came back to bite them at the end of the season, when we were stuck with beachy and minor.”
Yes. It really haunted us watching Beachy and Minor pitch FAR better than KK had this season. It haunted us all the way into the post season. If you even think KK would have SNIFFED then mound in the postseason you are a moron.

Look folks. If you realistically think KK was in our top 4 pitchers last year raise your hand. If you do, please also understand that you are admitting you know nothing about baseball. You simply cannot pay a numbe 5 starter the money that KK is due this year. He has to be moved. There is not a single team in baseball that would pay KK the money he is due to be a fifth starter. NOT EVEN THE YANKEES.

As for the people hating on Wren .. give it a rest. When Wren made this deal we were coming off a season where our starting pitching was horrible and not only were the ERA’s atrocious, they were killing our bullpen due to lack of ability to pitch thru 5 innings. Hudson was injured and the only two starters we had ready for 2009 were Jurrgens and JoJo. Our other starters from 2008 were Campillo, Morton, Carlyle and a bunch of lesser pitchers. We HAD to get some pitchers in who could go 5+ innings. So, we brought in Lowe, KK, and Vazquez. KK was dynamite in 2009 considering what we paid him, so Wren made a good move and you haters need to let it go.

Bottom line is KK didn’t pitch well last year, and he handle the demotion poorly (though I think it was a translation issue that the media blew WAY out of proportion). We have plnety of SP depth now and with four pitchers clearly ahead of him on our roster we simply can’t keep him when all he is doing at #5 is blocking some of our much cheaper and younger players from progressing. Move him and save some money from his contract to sign a position of need if possible.

Besides .. it’s better for him anyhow, as he has a much better chance to pitch for 25 or so other teams that don’t have 4 pitchers ahead of him. He makes #3 starter money, and he probably is good enough to be a #3 starter for at least a dozen teams .. but not in Atlanta.

Smiling Jack

November 14th, 2010
1:42 am

Thanks, Steve! Well said!!! Guess the children finally went to bed. I suppose it’s the nature of blogers to hate on the general manager or manager or certain players. I don’t understand why a blogger would rail on this baseball blog about excessive salaries, unemployment or greed, but I’ll say this one certainly got the attention. That’s probably all he wanted any way…just to be heard or paid attention. He got his reward but accomplished nothing.

Chipper....

November 14th, 2010
2:14 am

needs to retire. His 26 mil over the next two years could be put to MUCH better use.

CJ

November 14th, 2010
8:25 am

Rob, nobody wants to deny you the freedom of speech, however this is a sports blog, not a blog for you to come on and express an opinion that is not really related to the subject matter. Also, if you are not meaning to “yell” at people, which I believe you are, then turn of the caps. Yelling at people just shows your lack of self control or discipline and lack of ability to communicate with other humans. Calling everyone childish or ignorant shows that you have no clue on how to act more mature that the names you are calling people.

Meso

November 14th, 2010
8:44 am

HEY ROB, DO YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LOSER AND BIG LOSER? THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE YOU ARE BOTH?

Rob

November 14th, 2010
9:46 am

HEY MESO AND CJ . ITS PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT ARE THE LOSERS THAT CAN SHOW ANY RESPECT FOE SOMEONES OPINION.
EVERYONE OF YOU HAVE DONE NOTHING BUT SHOW HOW CHILDISH AND IMMATURE YOU ARE WITH YOUR NAME CALLING.
I CAN COMMUNICATE JUST FINE, AND WHEN SOME MORONS WHAT TO JUMP
ON MY CASE JUST BECAUSE I SAID SOMETHING THEY DISAGREED WITH, I AM GOING TO DEFEND MY RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH.
WHY DON’T YOU GROW UP AND ACCEPT IT.

Rob

November 14th, 2010
9:47 am

ITS PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT ARE THE LOSERS THAT CAN’T SHOW ANY RESPECT FOE SOMEONES OPINION.

Doug

November 14th, 2010
11:05 am

Hey Rob…since you are sooooo mature, tolerant and well….sophisticated, how bout not acting like you are three and turn off the CAPS BUTTON…….see it is easy to do

Nut Job

November 14th, 2010
11:10 am

Hey Rob, you want to live in a socialist society??? Move to Scandinavia. Highest suicide rates in the world! Could do you some good, never know.

bbkorbel

November 14th, 2010
11:33 am

Is Rob gone yet?

According to Rob I'm a Huge Loser

November 14th, 2010
11:38 am

Shut up Rob. This is a baseball blog, not a whatever the hell you are talking about blog.

Whodunnit?

November 14th, 2010
11:41 am

Who stole Rob’s cookies?

MiamiBrave

November 14th, 2010
11:47 am

Arigato Mr. Robato!

Rob

November 14th, 2010
12:02 pm

HEY KORBEL YES I’ STILL HERE AND I SEE WE STILL HAVE IMMATURE CHILDREN HERE THAT LIKE TO SHOW THEIR IGNORANCE.

bbkorbel

November 14th, 2010
12:07 pm

I’ve enjoyed ROB’S POST IN ALL CAPS…I can scan all the other post to get to your’s…you are very enteraining. And I do love free speech. But I’ll have to say…in the words of Sgt. Hulka from “Stripes”…”Lighten up Francis!”

steve

November 14th, 2010
12:21 pm

Hopefully we can shed some of his dead weight salary and sign a decent bat with it.

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