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Mets pitching coach calls John Maine 'a habitual liar in a lot of ways as far as his own health'

May 21, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

John Maine lasted all of five pitches versus the Nationals last night, as the Mets yanked him for “precautionary reasons” one batter into his start because of decreased velocity that began during his pregame bullpen session.
Maine walked the leadoff man while failing to top 85 miles per hour, but afterward he said he wasn’t injured and vented frustration about the quick hook, arguing about it with Jerry Manuel in the dugout. Pitching coach Dan Warthen then took things several steps further by telling reporters that Maine “is a habitual liar in a lot of ways as far as his own health.”
Seriously.
Warthen went on to call Maine “a competitor and a warrior” but added that “there’s got to be something incorrect in that arm.” For now the impending free agent is scheduled to be examined by doctors Friday in New York. Maine was unaware of this until reporters told him about it after the game. His response: “I don’t need to go to a doctor.”
Only the Mets.

  1. BigPhil - May 21, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    There’s just something “not right” with the Mets. I can’t put my finger on it. Is it simply a matter of perception: Is it the NY thing (microscope put on everything)? Is it the writers who try to bait people to make up a story?
    Or is it real, and the make up of the team isn’t right for whatever reason?
    Just seems to be ridiculous drama with the team with all sorts of senseless actions and overreactions.

  2. Jack Meoffer - May 21, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    I use to be a huge fan but stuff like this 20+ years ago made me not care anymore (that and all the strikes). There is always something dumb going on with the Mets. Either it’s trading away players or making horrible free agent signings. The way they dismantled the 1986 team was unreal. And on one day, they traded away Lenny Dykstra and Roger McDowell (all very good players at that time) for Juan Samuel. Now they havea GM who does not go for the best players out there, only ones of mostly Hispanic background for his dream of a mostly Hispanic team. Omar Minaya needs to go. It starts with him.

  3. peteinfla - May 21, 2010 at 9:45 AM

    Based on the recent history with the Met’s medical staff and some of their (mis)diagnoses of players injuries, it sure seems like they are over reacting to the well justified criticism they have received over the last few months. My guess is that they have a Ouiga Board and a magic 8 ball in the clubhouse, which told them to pull Maine.

  4. Drew - May 21, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Just remember, folks. This is the same John Maine who began his last start by walking the bases loaded on 12 pitches. Either he’s completely ineffective at this point, in which case you don’t want him pitching anyway, or he’s in fact hurt, in which case you don’t want him pitching. Now maybe they shouldn’t have run him out there at all, but I have to support the decision to get him off the field.

  5. Joey B - May 21, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    I agree. If they were so concerned, why put him out there? I think the pitching coach was just talking him up, and there are a fair amount of guys out there that will simply not admit to not feeling right. But it’s really odd that they’d pull him that quickly. Outside of the previous game start with 4 walks in the 1st inning, he pitched okay since G2.

  6. Skip - May 21, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Come on now, call the man a shitty GM (he absolutely is) but don’t make up his motivation.

  7. Old Gator - May 21, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Well, Mr. Warthen, like the Good Book says, he who troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind. Whatever impelled that idiot to say something like that in public about one of his own players? I wish I could be a fly on the wall the next time those two get together for a coaching session.
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    reCaptcha: dedicated afoul. Synchronicity runs amok in the morning.

  8. Skip - May 21, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Come on now, call the man a shitty GM (he absolutely is) but don’t make up his motivation.

  9. JCD - May 21, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Yeah that’s why he went after, and got, Jason Bay. Every time the Mets are doing poorly their fans seem to think it is because their GM wants to make it an all latino team. Idiots.

  10. scatterbrian - May 21, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Is that the same GM who traded for Jeff Francoeur last year? Signed Jason Bay? Traded for Gary Matthews Jr? That GM?

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