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Jose Mijares arrives at Royals camp after passport delay

Feb 27, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

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Jose Mijares is finally in Royals camp following a week-long delay due to passport issues in Venezuela.

“I waited for my passport and the embassy didn’t send it to me for 10 days,” Mijares told Dick Kaegel of MLB.com, who notes that the left-handed reliever won’t be too far behind other pitchers because he threw often during the offseason. And also because his job usually involves facing one or two batters per game.

This could be a make-or-break year for Mijares, who was so bad for the Twins last season that they surprisingly non-tendered him instead of paying him around $750,000 via arbitration. And then he got a raise anyway, signing a one-year, $925,000 deal with the Royals.

Mijares is 27 years old with a 3.16 career ERA in 154 innings, so if healthy he could be a big part of Kansas City’s bullpen.

  1. rooney24 - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Good luck with that, KC. While Mijares was terrible last year, in 2010 he was overweight, missed some time, and did not pitch well any time he was used in anything close to a pressure situation. I know the numbers don’t look bad overall, he did not appear (from the outside) to be very motivated. And, if a team looking for relievers as badly as the Twins won’t resign him reasonably cheap, it makes me think he had burned his bridges.

    On a different note, but related to the story, why are there a handful of players every season with passport issues. If you know you have to leave your country by a certain date, don’t you apply for your passport a month ahead of that, instead of leaving it to the last minute? While it may be a fluke, it doesn’t help Mijares’ hopes to look more dedicated.

  2. JB (the original) - Feb 27, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    He used passport issues as an excuse last year (2011) and also another year before that (09 or 10).

    • The Baseball Idiot - Feb 27, 2012 at 5:52 PM

      I used to work at embassies (not in the consulate), but I’m very familiar with visa issues.

      Nothing strange about this. A consulate officer lets a guy get in on a visa he signs, and something bad happens, it’s his career.

      They are very careful people. Getting a visa is a time-consuming process, and they work to the embassies time schedule, not the players.

      When there are delays in visas, it’s usually because the player didn’t turn his paperwork in on time. Odd how we never hear that side of the story.

      Foreign Service Officers are not sports fans. Well, tennis, but only because it looks high-brow.

      • JB (the original) - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:15 PM

        Not blaming the consulate in any way whatsoever, I blame the fat, lazy, Jose Mijares for not giving a rip and being lackadaisical about being a responsible adult.

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