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Diamondbacks release slugger Wily Mo Pena

Jul 24, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

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Wily Mo Pena earned a promotion to the major leagues in late June after slugging 21 home runs and posting an electric .363/.439/.726 batting line across 63 games with the Triple-A Reno Aces.

Pena served as Arizona’s primary DH during the final few weeks of the interleague schedule and showed impressive power, blasting five homers in 17 games.

But he’s such a poor defensive outfielder that the Diamondbacks designated him for assignment immediately following the All-Star break.

And now, according to the club’s official Twitter feed, he has been released.

Pena is only 29 years old and should get an opportunity elsewhere, probably in the American League. He would make for a useful late-innings pinch-hitter down the stretch on any contending team.

  1. missthedayswhenwedidnthavetologin - Jul 24, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=344&position=OF

    But..But this gobbledygook says he’s been brilliant in left this year!

    You aren’t actually disagreeing with Saint Sabermetric are you :O

    • aaronmoreno - Jul 24, 2011 at 4:14 PM

      Actually, those numbers overall seem to agree that he’s a butcher out there.

    • JBerardi - Jul 24, 2011 at 4:29 PM

      If there’s one thing I’m tired of, it’s the “BUT OF COURSE THE STATS GUYS WOULD SAY THIS DUMB THING” argument for something that no statistically informed person would ever even consider saying. No one who knows anything about statistics would ever argue that Willy Mo is a good outfielder. I mean, If a stat guy said that Willy Mo’s ’11 UZR numbers mean something in a dream, he would wake up and apologize.

      • missthedayswhenwedidnthavetologin - Jul 24, 2011 at 4:34 PM

        Mr. Blue can field better.

    • jwbiii - Jul 24, 2011 at 4:51 PM

      Hint: When the number in the value above replacement player column has parentheses around it, it means it’s negative.

  2. natstowngreg - Jul 24, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Another team that thought Wily Mo could help it. Another team proven wrong.

  3. clavette - Jul 24, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    hurry up and implement DH to the national league – more jobs for guys that suck at fielding

    also a full year of DH’ing and he could challenge reynolds for the strike out crown

    • hittfamily - Jul 24, 2011 at 5:18 PM

      I think Carlos Pena’s trying to put his name in that record book.

    • JBerardi - Jul 24, 2011 at 6:16 PM

      Is there a single person in the world who’d rather watch a pitcher hit instead of Willy Mo Pena?

      • Old Gator - Jul 24, 2011 at 11:42 PM

        Yeah, me. The DH is a disgrace.

      • JBerardi - Jul 25, 2011 at 8:15 AM

        Gator, there is nothing more disgraceful in the world than the .140/.172/.183 batting line that NL pitchers are putting up this year.

      • hittfamily - Jul 25, 2011 at 8:34 AM

        I think with the pitcher having to hit, and the manager have to utilize the bench every game, it is a better game. Pinch hitters, Double switches, fewer specialists in the bullpen, it brings out who has the better team, not the best 9 players. I hate the DH, and I’m not an old timer.

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 24, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    boston should pick this guy up again

    • jwbiii - Jul 25, 2011 at 4:42 AM

      I thought it was the Yankees who were looking for a DH.

  5. mgflolox - Jul 24, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    Wouldn’t mind seeing him in Green & Gold. It’d be nice to have at least ONE legitimate power threat in the lineup.

  6. kiwicricket - Jul 24, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    Glad to see there is some ‘irrational love’ for Willy Mo.

  7. humanexcrement - Jul 25, 2011 at 1:43 AM

    You’d think a guy hitting that well in AAA could at least be a useful part-time player. Oh well.

  8. foreverchipper10 - Jul 25, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Le sigh.

  9. cleverbob - Jul 25, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    The Phillies should sign him to a minor league contract. They could use a right handed pinch hitter with power. Plus they’d have their WS DH…

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