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Roy Oswalt learned he was being demoted to the bullpen by the media

Aug 1, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

The Roy Oswalt experience in Texas has not gone well. Based on this, I suppose it’s gonna get worse:


Roy is probably thinking about his bulldozer right now, telling himself that his bulldozer always dealt with him fairly and let him knew where he stood.

  1. biasedhomer - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Roy will not take this too well, he is not one of those people who will adjust and do whatever is best for the team.

    • beefytrout - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      Not making adjustments, a GREAT mindset for a starting pitcher to have.

  2. bigleagues - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Obviously the miscommunication was Bobby Valentine’s fault.

    • number42is1 - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:15 AM

      He’s blaming the media? Damn.. Dempster has’t been there yet for 5 minutes…

      • mgdsquiggy17 - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:08 PM

        I hope he does so we can have another 35 articles on here about him…

  3. mattyflex - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    It’s too bad he went to a team that really doesn’t have room for him. He would be a 2/3 starter right now in Kansas City.

    • hasbeen5 - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:18 AM

      So would I.

    • hammyofdoom - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      There WAS room for him in the rotation with Feliz going down, but he sucked. Sucked big time. He blew it himself by not doing well, there woulda been room for him otherwise

      • frenchysplatediscipline - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:46 AM

        Really? No room for him??? They didn’t drag him out of retirement for shits and giggles.

        Too bad he pitched more like Roy Munson because the need for a starting pitcher definitely existed.

        Instead they filled the need for overpaid bullpen arm.

      • mattyflex - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:50 AM

        I am implying that there is no room for him at this time on a team that has their needs filled. I realize they didn’t pull him out of retirement for s’s and g’s. I’m saying right now they’re not going to use him a whole lot, while there are other teams that could use him, even when he pitches below the expectations that a Texas team might have for him.

      • frenchysplatediscipline - Aug 1, 2012 at 12:09 PM

        There is no room for him because he is garbage as a starter. Do you think if Oswalt was out there putting up zeros they would have traded for another starter?

        Your original comment stated that it’s too bad he went to a team that had no room for him. I am simply pointing out that at the time he signed, there was room aplenty.

      • frenchysplatediscipline - Aug 1, 2012 at 12:15 PM

        Further to the point, with an ERA over 6 – what other contending team could use him?

        And what struggling team (like the Royals you mentioned) would want to pay him to pitch like that?

        I think the ‘expectations’ that the Rangers had for him are the same ‘expectations’ any team that signed him would have… For $5 million (for less than a full season) I think the expectations are that he be a serviceable starter.

  4. brewcrewfan54 - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    I like Oswalt but I don’t feel bad for a guy who was offered a contract by several teams but decided to wait until the season began to decide which team was better so he could go ring chasing.

    • number42is1 - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:21 AM

      well I dont blame him for ring chasing. thats what its all about, right?

      • brewcrewfan54 - Aug 1, 2012 at 12:04 PM

        I don’t disagree with ring chasing in general just the way Oswalt went about it.

  5. antlerclaws - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    He should have got a clue watching all those home run balls sailing over his head.

  6. ditto65 - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Somehow I just don’t feel bad for this guy. He wasn’t performing very well. He blamed it on his self imposed layoff. Go work out your kinks like any mid-season call up has to do.

  7. billymc75 - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    He picked the team

  8. yahmule - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Ron Washington was probably too busy telling everybody what to think about Mike Trout – who is utterly killing his team – to communicate with his own players.

    Trout Vs Texas this year: 4 HR, 15 RBI, 13 R, 3 SB, .442/.519/.837.

  9. dugldo - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Hes lucky to go to the bullpen. With his performance and primadona attitude I would lean toward DFA.

  10. hittfamily - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Back when the media was chattering about Favre harming his legacy by coming out of retirement, Daniel Tosh had his own take on what he would do if he was Brett Favre, and what the media interaction might be like.

    “Brett, the Vikings want to pay you 18 million dollars to come out of retirement. Are you coming back?”
    “Yep. I’m going to do that.”
    “What about when in a few years you lose your job. Backup roles only pay 5 million per year.”
    “I’m going to do that too.”
    “What about 5 years after that, and you are only good enough to be on the practice squad. It only pays $350,000 per year?”
    “I’m going to do that too”

    Roy, no worries dude. The contract is guaranteed. Being the costliest reliever in the game is nothing to be ashamed of.

  11. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Seems like a bush league move on the part of the organization to announce such a thing to the media without discussing it with Roy first. It also seems like a short-sighted move. What evidence is there that Roy could succeed in the pen, when he has never performed that role? Is it really worth alienating Roy for the sake of keeping Feldman (who has been a reliever most of his career) in the rotation?

    • lmoneyfresh - Aug 1, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      Well considering Feldman has pitched better than Roy has in a similar time period, Roy has nobody to blame but himself. He’s paid to perform, not be coddled. If he didn’t want to get demoted, he shouldn’t have been serving up homers on a platter to opposing teams.

  12. stex52 - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    I spent a lot of time on this blog defending Oswalt last spring. I defended his willingness to walk away from contracts and wait for his deal. He is rich; he has other priorities in life. But I thought it was a big mistake for him to skip Spring Training and not be tuned and ready to pitch. It’s all come home in spades and he has no one to blame but himself.

    If he really didn’t want to pitch that much, he should have just stayed home. Now his career is pretty much wrapped up whether he likes it or not.

  13. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 1, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    I am surprised by the level of anti-Oswalt sentiment here (and elsewhere) related to this. The guy really did nothing wrong. He has pitched poorly in three of his 5 starts, though in his defense he is just trying to round into form still. A reporter informed him he was moving to the bullpen, and he said that he had not heard of such a move. Somehow that makes him a prima donna? :-/

    • dugldo - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      The primadona comment was based on him skipping spring training, not working the kinks out and expecting to fall into the mix with a first place team. He is paid millions of dollars to pitch once a week. It may take some work in the off season and off days to be successful.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 1, 2012 at 4:06 PM

        Some of that is true for any pitcher, but I can’t blame the guy for trying to extend his twilight by limiting his season. I don’t think anyone would imagine him being able to make 30 starts, but making 15 or so down the stretch seemed like a reasonable goal. I think a guy who gets hurt alot getting hurt is not really a reason to crucify him.

  14. notabandwagonbuccofan - Aug 1, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    He was too good to come to Pittsburgh in the spring, now he is miserable. Love it!

  15. xmatt0926x - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Sabathia, if he had pitched for your team you would know there’s a reason for the negative sentiment. He’s just not a warm and fuzzy guy. He will never take any responsibility for poor performance and he just comes off as a cold fish. Is that really important in the grand scheme of things? No. But I think it’s just human nature to not feel bad for a guy with Roy’s personality.

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