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Poor, poor Vin Mazzaro

May 17, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

Vin Mazzaro

When a pitcher “wears one,” it means he takes one for the team in a blowout, helping preserve the other arms in the bullpen to fight and pitch another day.  Vin Mazzaro did that last night in the Royals’ 19-1 loss to the Indians, and he did so in epic fashion. According to Joe Posnanski, this was the single worst performance by a pitcher. Ever. In baseball history. As Posnanski notes, no reliever since World War II had allowed 14 runs in a game and no pitcher has ever allowed 14 runs in less than three innings.

Mazzaro was sent down to Omaha after the game.  And in this case, he’s probably happy for the demotion. Not out of shame, but for his own good and the good of Ned Yost who, for reasons that baffle me, let Mazarro take that abuse.  Especially considering that the very purpose such abuse is supposed to serve — saving the pen — didn’t even happen. Nope, Yost still used Tim Collins, Joakim Soria and three other relievers in this one, which makes no sense to me at all. Don’t you put your utility infielder in to pitch a couple of innings at some point?

Mazzaro said all of the right things after the game, but man, at some point you’d hope your manager would save you from all of that.

  1. Old Gator - May 17, 2011 at 8:38 AM

    Oww. It even hurts to read about this. The only beating I can recall that compares to that one was administered by my ex-wife.

    • proudlycanadian - May 17, 2011 at 9:00 AM

      Some of us know just how vicious ex wives can be.

      • Old Gator - May 17, 2011 at 11:18 AM

        True, but what makes my ex-wife such an anomaly is that we’re supposed to be a bit less susceptible to cabin fever down here than you guys.

  2. heyblueyoustink - May 17, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    “The Charge of the Light Brigade” comes to mind……

  3. Jonny 5 - May 17, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    Only Marcellus Wallace in that dark cold basement knows how Vin Mazzaro felt last night. At least Wallace got his revenge, I’m afraid poor Vin Mazzaro will not get his.

    • heyblueyoustink - May 17, 2011 at 9:40 AM

      Indeed, but is there a Butch on this team to help bail him out?

      And which Indian is the gimp?

      • Old Gator - May 17, 2011 at 11:19 AM

        I dunno, but they all went medieval on Vinnie’s ass last night.

      • Jonny 5 - May 17, 2011 at 11:48 AM

        Blue,There was no Butch. Only Zed, Maynard, and the Gimp. And they let their buddies have fun too.

      • heyblueyoustink - May 17, 2011 at 12:40 PM

        “And when you go, you stay gone, or you be gone”……….

        Yeah, I gotcha 5

  4. Lukehart80 - May 17, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    This is the 4th time since the turn of the century that the Indians have won by at least 18 runs (most in MLB), so I’ve seen this before.

    What made last night unique is it was the first of those four butt-kickings that didn’t come against the Yankees!

  5. sportsdrenched - May 17, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    You Know, I thought the Royals were passed historicly epicly bad performances but I guess not.

    I guess we’ll throw this on the pile of other comical plays in Royals history: Ken Harvey getting hit in the back with a throw from RF. A pop fly dropping between two outfielders to help continue a 19 game losing streak, and my favorite, because I saw it in person…batting out of order in the 1st inning.

    However, there is some good news. With Kyle Davies on the DL with a case of Suckass, and Vin Mazzaro back in Omaha with the same condition. Surely, Surely they have to call up Danny Duffy or Mike Montgomery now, right?

  6. spudchukar - May 17, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Saw his line score last night, did a double take… There is taking one for the team and then there is this. Then demoted the next A.M. Please keep all sharp objects away from Vinnie for awhile and Ned, enough is enough, at some point it borders on torture.

  7. antelope850 - May 17, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    I wonder if any poor soul had him active in an AL only league.

  8. rebarratige - May 17, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    I have a lot of sympathy for this guy, but does it really count as “wearing one” when the reliever is the player most responsible for the blowout? When he came in, it was a three-run ballgame. Every one of those 14 runs was earned, and he only stuck around for 2.1 innings, leaving the rest to a handful of other relievers. It sounds more like the rest of the team was wearing Vin’s poor performance.

    • bobulated - May 17, 2011 at 12:52 PM

      At some point it’s the managers job to rescue a guy who obviously doesn’t have it that particular evening. Yes he pitched incredibly poorly but Yost should have gone and got him before it got so out of hand.

  9. Paul White - May 17, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    On top of letting him take the abuse, Yost also threw Mazzaro under the bus after the game. He was asked by reporters if it was a tough situation for Mazzaro to be in since he was slated to be the next day’s starter and therefore showed up to the ballpark with zero expectation that he would be pitching that night. Yost’s reply was no, it shouldn’t have been a tough situation, because it was actually Mazzaro’s normal day to pitch due to the rainout the day before.

    While true, it also completely ignores that normal preparation routine for a starter, and ignores Yost’s own words from the week before. After Mazzaro got beat up a bit in New York partly because he had a tough travel day the night before upon being called up, Yost said he didn’t want to judge Mazzaro until he’d had a couple of starts under “normal” circumstances. I guess that means Yost considers last night’s circumstances to be “normal”.

    In short, I don’t think Ned Yost is going to be making Vin Mazzaro’s Christmas card list this year.

  10. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - May 17, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    I’m honored to have had the opportunity to watch this game and thus seeing history in the making. Awesome.

    Question: which is worse? The Mazzaro performance or the Phillies offense? (hint: only biceptual curious may answer).

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