New York Mets release Jose Valverde within an hour of latest implosion

  • David Whitlock
Credit: AP/Frank Franklin II

Credit: AP/Frank Franklin II

You wonder how many more teams will play Jose Valverde roulette and lose.  The Detroit Tigers paid the price with a World Series loss (I mean there were other factors, but relief was a big part).  The New York Mets seemed to reach the end of their rope on Memorial Day, as “Papa Grande” served up nothing but fat pitches to the Pittsburgh Pirates in coughing up 4 runs in 2/3 of an inning, with 4 hits and a walk.

You wonder how much of this was knee-jerk for the cellar-dwelling Mets, it was only Valverde’s second blown save of the season (first in a month-and-a-half) and 10 of his past 14 appearances had been spotless in the run column.  Valverde, 36, has led the league in saves three separate times (for three teams) and even clocked two top 6 Cy Young Award finishes, three All-Star appearances, and two Top 25 MVP vote finishes (via Baseball-Reference.com).  Of course, that was well before his recent struggles in Detroit and now New York.  You wonder if any other teams will come calling.  Although if they watch today’s performance, they might just look for what’s behind door number 2.

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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