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The Nats sign Kevin Mench

Feb 3, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

Washington has signed former Rangers outfielder Kevin Mench to a minor league deal. When last we saw Mench he was leaving the Hanshin Tigers in the middle of the season after hitting .148 and “dealing with fatigue
and anxiety issues,” and before that it was a couple of lost seasons in Milwaukee and Toronto.

In other words, this is probably not the same dude who hit 25 jacks a year for the Rangers a few years ago.

  1. Positively Half St. - Feb 3, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    I can’t imagine anyone going to play in the Japanese League to overcome fatigue and anxiety. Perhaps this will be relaxing by comparison.

  2. YANKEES1996 - Feb 3, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    What in the world could cause anxiety issues when you get paid above average money to play a game? Is this offer of a minor league contract Jim Bowdens’ final laugh, I mean really .148 are you serious?

  3. Adam - Feb 3, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    I love Kevin Mench. I took my son to Yankee Stadium a few years ago. There were about 4 rain delays in the first five innings, and since they cut off beer sales after the 7th inning (but make no allowance for time) so that by the time the 7th came along, we were the only people in the ballpark not half in the bag. Anyway, the Yankees are crushing the Rangers about 15-2, and the guys behind us are just killing Mench. Great stuff, too…mostly about the monstrous size of his head. And he can hear every word, since we’ve all been there for about 6 hours and there are maybe 5000 people left in the stands. The best was when one yelled, “Hey Mench. It’s not that bad. Keep your head up. If you can.” The next play is an easy fly ball to right. Mench catches it and signals the number of outs by giving the guy the finger. I thought my kid’s eyes were going to pop out of his head. So hats off to Kevin Mench (see how easy?).

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