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Scott Kazmir’s independent league comeback isn’t pretty

Aug 20, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT


All you need to know about how poorly Scott Kazmir‘s time with the independent league Sugar Land Skeeters is going can be found in the first sentence of this game recap on the team’s official website:

Eight walks sounds bad, but there are plenty of positives to be found in Scott Kazmir’s last start.

When someone is looking to find “positives” within an eight-walk start from a 28-year-old former big-league All-Star pitching in an independent league … well, things aren’t going well.

Here’s more, from recapper Devon Teeple:

The numbers don’t do it justice.  Sure, Kazmir walked eight batters and dropped to 0-5, but he went six innings, the most in his eight appearances. He only allowed two earned runs, and four hits while striking out four. Again, this is a testament to the hard work he is putting in. Take away the walks and Kazmir produced his best start for the Sugar Land Skeeters.

Yes, if you take away the eight walks it wasn’t a bad little outing. Now, in fairness within that same article it says Kazmir’s fastball was clocked in the mid-90s, which would be legitimately encouraging if true.

And now he’ll be rotation-mates with Roger Clemens. Helluva team.

  1. Josh A. - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    First positive: Didn’t walk 9!

  2. Joe - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    If you take away the unfortunate rape comment, Todd Aken is mounting a solid Senate run.

    • hittfamily - Aug 20, 2012 at 6:24 PM

      Luke Scott thinks this guy is crazy.

  3. Joe - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    *Akin. God damn it, can’t type today!

  4. Ben - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    I can’t think of any other player whose skill and ability collapsed as spectacularly as Scott Kazmir’s. Steve Blass? But that’s pretty different. Rick Ankiel, but again, Steve Blass disease, and even he had a productiveish MLB career in the outfield.
    Can anyone else think of such a catastrophic collapse?

    • beefytrout - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:35 PM


      • Josh A. - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:47 PM

        or, as he was better known, “Canadian Chuck Knoblauch”

    • cackalackyank - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      I was speculating about this when he got released. I can’t think of any of note. What I still wonder about is either a psychological breakdown, or some kind of substance abuse/chemical problem. I know at the outset it was injuries….but Brandon Webb waxed and waned pretty fast, so thats one possibility.

    • jofidalgo - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:02 PM

      Jason Bay has forgotten how to hit!!!

    • sportsdrenched - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:19 PM

      I was thinking Mark Wholers

      • sportsdrenched - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:36 PM

        There’s even a Wikipedia page for Steve Blass Disease:

        and the correct spelling of Wohlers

      • dondada10 - Aug 20, 2012 at 6:37 PM

        Funny thing is that Jim Duquette saw it coming…and still go screwed on the Kazmir deal by dealing him for even more broken arm.

    • kevinbnyc - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:26 PM


    • carpi2 - Aug 20, 2012 at 8:50 PM

      Dontrelle Willis.

    • yahmule - Aug 20, 2012 at 10:24 PM

      Joe Charboneau sure fell off a cliff after his AL ROY.

  5. gmsalpha - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    The Rays are considered my hometown team, living in Orlando. I remember when he was being traded to the Angels, thinking it was going to hurt Tampa Bay and make the Angels a really strong team. I remember so much hype and Kazmir getting a lot of run back when he was still All-Star caliber. Man, I never would have imagined he’d have fallen so far.

    Does anyone recall what the Angels gave up for him?

    • indaburg - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      Sean Rodriguez is the only one I could recall. I googled the others: Matt Sweeney, infielder, and Alex Torres, pitcher.

      • hittfamily - Aug 20, 2012 at 6:29 PM

        Sean Rod is getting sent down this week when Michelle Bachman- err – Luke Scott gets activated. Torres is our last hope of salvaging anything out of this bust of a trade. A top tier lefty…the Rays got hosed. The only thing that keeps this from being a Friedman Flop is how bad Kazmir got.

    • 18thstreet - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      I remember thinking the Rays were crazy to give him up.

  6. sportsdrenched - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Props to the Sugar Land Skeeters for getting mentioned twice on HBT for unrelated news items.

    In other Indy League news. I saw Wally Backman Jr go 2 for 4 with the Souix City Explorers the other night. I may not have been sober for his 2nd hit. “The Beer Batter” struck out in the 2nd inning and beers were half price.

    • kevinbnyc - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:37 PM

      That sounds like an awesome/disastrous promotion

  7. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    As a Rays fan, I can’t enjoy this one bit. I was happy with the haul we got for him because it was clear that his career was plummeting fast, but as for Kazmir himself I felt really bad and still do. No clue what happened to him, but whatever it is it’s a sad story. This guy once pitched a really gutsy game in the world series just 4 years ago and now he’s walking 8 for the Skeeters :/

    • hittfamily - Aug 20, 2012 at 6:33 PM

      I liked him too. The only good news is he earned 15 million dollars this year to walk 8 for the Skeeters. He’ll make 15 million next year too. Everyone has to retire eventually. It may not be on the terms he wants, but it is better than the Terrel Owens retirement plan, and certainly better than the Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Rafael Palmeiro guide to going out on top.

  8. jl9830 - Aug 21, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Nobody thought 5-10 years ago that in 5-10 years, the Sugar Land Skeeters will have a Clemens-Kazmir front of the rotation.

    • stex52 - Aug 21, 2012 at 8:06 AM

      Nobody thought 5-10 years ago there would be a Sugarland Skeeters. This is their first year of existence. Not so long ago this big suburb was nothing but coastal prairie.

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