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Remembering when Oliver Perez was Sandy Koufax

Mar 21, 2011, 10:32 AM EDT

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As we bid our final farewell to Oliver PerezI have this on constant repeat right now — let us recall what led to the big contract that contributed mightily to Perez’s massive disdain among the Mets’ faithful.

You’ll remember that Perez is a Scott Boras client and you’ll remember that Boras makes big glossy sales pitch binders for all of his free agents.  None got more notice than Perez’s binder, which was easily the most absurd example of the genre.  From the contemporaneous New York Times account:

The Perez book is divided into eight chapters that include such headings as: “Perez Turns Corner in 2006,” “Perez Is One of Baseball’s Top 5 Left-Handed Starting Pitchers,” “A Rare Young Left-Handed Starting Pitcher Available on the Free-Agent Market,” “Big-Game Ollie,” and “Durable Ollie.”

In the chapter “Perez Turns Corner in 2006,” charts are used to argue that the pitching statistics for Perez, who is now 27, are similar to those of Randy Johnson and the Hall-of-Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax at the same age. What’s more, the charts argue that Perez’s control problems will improve, just like they did for Koufax and Johnson as they got older.

Missed it by thaaaaat much!

But really: scoff all you want, but Boras got his guy paid with that rebop.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Mar 21, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    I think Scotty has branched out to do commercials for Chrysler-Dodge. “Look at these great new Durangos- they’re so much better than that hunk of crap we were putting out two years ago”.

  2. nps6724 - Mar 21, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    I guess Boras hits on enough big-time clients that he can still fool teams into overpaying for his misses.

  3. xnumberoneson - Mar 21, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    So let me see if I understand this: the people who bought into the idea that Oliver Perez was Sandy Koufax are the same people who “should have known” that Bernie Madoff was a scam artist?

    • nps6724 - Mar 21, 2011 at 11:01 AM

      I almost feel sorry for them until I remember they’re the Mets.

      F the Mets.

    • trevorb06 - Mar 21, 2011 at 11:36 AM

      I’m sure it is because of the Mets that bottled water got its start.

      “This stuff is WAY better than that crap you can get for free from a drinking fountain!”

    • hep3 - Mar 21, 2011 at 12:21 PM

      xnumberoneson – You broke the code! If used properly by the Wilpon-Katz legal team, this alone could save them hundreds of millions of dollars.

      Excellent work and very funny.

  4. BC - Mar 21, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Now, Craig, you’re just being cruel to me now. I finally have occasion to relish Ollie’s punting and you go ahead and throw a wet towel on things. Wah.

  5. phukyouk - Mar 21, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Looks like the Yanks finally got their 5th starter.

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