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Mets release 41-year-old Miguel Batista

Jul 26, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

Miguel Batista Reuters

After designating Miguel Batista for assignment over the weekend the Mets officially released the 41-year-old right-hander today.

It’s remarkable that Batista lasted as long as he did with the Mets, but it’s even more amazing that he somehow managed to not be much, much worse than a 3.96 ERA in nine starts and 30 relief appearances dating back to last season.

That’s nothing special, of course, but for a guy with 49 strikeouts and 45 walks in 77 innings a 3.96 ERA is pretty incredible.

It’s hard to imagine Batista getting another big-league job at this point, but then again I’ve been saying that since about 2008.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    41 isn’t that old. Darren Oliver is 41 and is having a career year.

    • natstowngreg - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:17 PM

      Yes, but Oliver is left-handed. Oliver also is much better at throwing a small sphere over a piece of rubber buried in the ground.

  2. daniel10017 - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    I saw him pitch last Saturday vs. the Dodgers and he was TERRIBLE. He threw about 11 straight balls before hitting the strike zone during the second inning after barely escaping the first inning. Outside of Jason Bay, I’ve never heard that many boos recently. It’s time for Miguel to hang it up. That’s the problem with these guys, they don’t have the necessary education when it’s time to go to a second vocation.

    • okcyankeefan - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:04 PM

      Really? That’s the problem? If someone is going to hire Batista to play ball at age 41, how is it a problem that he continues to play, instead of having the necessary education for a second vocation? BTW, Batista does have a second vocation; he’s a writer.

      • fearlessleader - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:21 PM

        Um…he’s not much of a writer. If “The Avenger of Blood” is any indication, he probably shouldn’t count on supporting himself as a wordsmith. Then again, I admire him for the effort, and people buy Dan Brown’s crap and “50 Shades of Grey,” so what do I know.

    • natstowngreg - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      How do you know he doesn’t have a second vocation? He’s a published poet and novelist. [It's on the Internet, so it must be true.] Clearly, smarter than your average jock.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miguel_Batista#Writing_career

  3. tcostant - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    The Nationals never treated you this way, and then you go on saying the Mets were the better team and get the Nationals mad enough to sweep.

    • natstowngreg - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM

      The Nats weren’t mad. They were happy — to see the Mets’ bullpen.

  4. sdelmonte - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Maybe he can team up with Jamie Moyer?

  5. chill1184 - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Too little too late but better late than never.

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