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Dioner Navarro is not a team player

Oct 7, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

Rays’ catcher Dinoer Navarro was left off the postseason roster. That happens. Most guys who get left off the postseason roster either remain with the team or, at the very least, retire to the spring training complex to stay in shape in case they’re needed. Someone may get injured, after all, and you could get activated. The matchups may change in the next round of the playoffs, after all, and you could get activated. Yeah, it stinks not to be on the roster, but most guys suck it up and at least say the right things.

Not Navarro. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Pete Times, Navarro has simply split. Gone home. Adios.

I can see how it might be frustrating to go from being the All-Star catcher of the AL champs to non-rostered, option #3 in the space of two years. And given that he made $2.1 million this year and is arbitration eligible, the probability of him being non-tendered was 100%. But really, Navarro. Put on your big boy pants and deal with it. Act like a professional whydontcha?

  1. Joe - Oct 7, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    I’m not exactly sure why I felt the need to read the comments on that story, but one guy caught my eye, in talking about whether or not the Rays would be able to re-sign Carl Crawford:
    “do you honestly think that CC WANTS to stay? Halladay went to the Phil because he wanted to be with a team that had a chance to WIN.”
    Excuse me if I’m reading the standings incorrectly, but didn’t the Rays win more games than any other team in the American League this year?

  2. BC - Oct 7, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    Maybe something ugly happened and the TEAM told him to get lost.

  3. PSUDU - Oct 7, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Maybe he figured like the rest of the Tampa “fans” it is better to not show up and stay home and watch the games…he didn’t want to be the ONLY one in the stands.

  4. John_Michael - Oct 7, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    I bet he went to visit Walter Reed Medical Center so in case all else falls through, he can say he’s a ‘True Met.’

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