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Wily Mo given the ol’ heave-ho

Jul 14, 2011, 7:12 PM EDT

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Say it ain’t so.

As expected, the Diamondbacks called up Brandon Allen and designated Juan Miranda for assignment Friday.  They also made a second series of moves, activating Geoff Blum from the disabled list and designating The Man, The Legend, The Wily Mo Pena.

Pena goes despite hitting five homers in 46 at-bats for the Diamondbacks.  Of course, those five homers came with just four other hits and a 19/0 K/BB ratio, giving him a ridiculous .196/.196/.522 line.

Still, one has to think that Pena showed enough to entice some American League team, right?  His homers were lasers, and he hit an incredible .363/.439/.726 with 21 homers in 271 at-bats for Triple-A Reno before his callup.

Alas, the Diamondbacks simply didn’t see Pena as an outfielder and they didn’t see him making a real contribution while getting three or four at-bats per week as a pinch-hitter.

And they were probably right.  But hopefully someone picks him up.

  1. natstowngreg - Jul 14, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    We went through The Wily Mo Experience in Washington. It was pathetic to watch a hitter who simply couldn’t (or wouldn’t) adjust to Major League pitching.

    In one game, the starter threw him nothing but changeups, and he kept swinging and missing. We finally yelled at him, “he’s gonna throw a changeup!” Next pitch, changeup, swing and miss.

    Yes, someone will give him another chance, hoping the light will finally go on. I hope it does, but have pretty much given up on the idea.

  2. fellspointbird - Jul 14, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    Get this guy for left field, Baltimore!

  3. Brian Murphy - Jul 14, 2011 at 11:10 PM


    That’s a winner right there.

  4. oldpaddy - Jul 15, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    The Ruben Sierra of the 2000’s.

  5. foreverchipper10 - Jul 15, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    He should be in every home run derby ever.

  6. Glenn - Jul 15, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    As a BoSox fan, I’m still rooting for Wily Mo to put it together. Of course, I’m still waiting for Sam Horn and Phil Plantier to hit their stride.

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