This is the year wrote:
gws226 wrote:sorry I think economics talk hear........ Schilling will not be a setup/middle relief @ his salary.
Do you honestly think that the Red Sox FO is stupid enough to subscribe to this philosophy? As far as most people in Boston are concerned, Schilling's delivered the price of his contract 5 times over in just his first year on the team. Theo and Tito will put him in whatever role he can excel in, and won't hesitate to remove him from the closer role if he continues to suck. They're paying him the same amount of money no matter what he does, so why would they allow him to blow close games if his performance continues to be sub-optimal? This isn't this year's Reds or the Diamondbacks of '03 we're talking here.
Yes, the Boston FO IS that stupid.
That’s why Schilling is here now – because they’re paying him too much to pitch on the Triple-A level. He certainly didn’t earn his way back to the big leagues with his consistent performance on the minor league level.
He couldn’t put together back-to-back quality starts, so they moved him to the pen. He only had, what, one or two decent appearances (after doing what he did last night) in that role. He had a relief ERA of 27.00 coming into last night’s game. There is NOTHING in Schilling’s resume that says this guy can pitch out of the bullpen, but yet here he is going up against Sheff and A-rod, then making excuses as to why he can’t rise to the occasion (“...two of the best hitters in the game, blah, blah”).
If he were any other pitcher he’d be DEMOTED to AA not promoted to the closer’s role on a team at the start of a pennant race.
It’s about either money or ego. It certainly isn’t about baseball.