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Sean Rodriguez rewarded for act of idiocy

Aug 31, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

Sean Rodriguez AP

When it came down to it, the Rays cared more about postseason roster flexibility than any sort of moral stand.

Tampa Bay today called up infielder Sean Rodriguez from Triple-A Durham and placed him on the 15-day disabled list with the broken hand he sustained punching a locker after a Bulls game last week.

The reasoning for the move is obvious: the Rays can include Rodriguez on their preliminary postseason roster now and then replace him however they so choose should they reach the postseason.

But it’s a shame Rodriguez gets rewarded in the process. Since the move puts him back on Tampa Bay’s roster, he’ll resume collecting a major league salary that’s probably four or five times what he was earning in the minors and he’ll accrue service time while on the DL.

  1. thehypercritic - Aug 31, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    So now we’re pretending there’s something immoral that should be punished in a player momentarily losing his temper and harming himself??

    His actions were immature, but he’s already been hurt (literally) and publicly shamed — does anyone think that’s not enough?

    There’s an awfully thin acceptable area between players not caring enough and players getting too emotional. Why don’t we shave the morality judgements for the players driving drunk, throwing fastballs at heads or otherwise choosing to endanger others?

    • raysfan1 - Aug 31, 2012 at 7:29 PM

      ^^^^ What he said.

    • GoneYickitty - Aug 31, 2012 at 7:49 PM

      I didn’t realize that God was writing for HBT under the alias “Matthew Pouliot”. Seriously Matt, you related to the locker he punched or something?

    • Matthew Pouliot - Aug 31, 2012 at 8:06 PM

      Fair enough. Maybe moral isn’t the right word there. I’m lacking a better one at the moment.

      • Alex K - Aug 31, 2012 at 10:41 PM

        They sent him down because he was hitting terribly. There was no stand to take if they were always planning on calling him back up now to have him available for the postseason roster.

        Sure it was dumb to punch a locker, but to suggest that he should be punished more than being injured is kind of petty. He made a mistake and he’s paying the consequences.

  2. elmaquino - Aug 31, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    You’re really tough online aren’t you, Matt? (See the Harrison-Yadi story.) Somehow I doubt you’d be so liberal with the insults if you ever met these guys in person.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Aug 31, 2012 at 8:03 PM

      An insult would be calling the player an idiot. I called what he did an act of idiocy. Which is exactly what it was. He said pretty much the same thing himself.

      • elmaquino - Aug 31, 2012 at 8:09 PM

        You called the ENTIRE Cardinal team “losers” because of what one guy did. Was that an insult?

      • Matthew Pouliot - Aug 31, 2012 at 8:12 PM

        Yes, yes it was. And if I thought it was something that Westbrook did on his own I wouldn’t have put the whole team under that umbrella.

      • paperlions - Aug 31, 2012 at 8:27 PM

        Actually, he inaccurately called them the biggest dipwads…when all they did was the same dumb thing that every MLB team does…making them normal sized dipwads.

        Negative hyperbole appears to be the flavor of the month….hopefully, September brings something new.

  3. dondada10 - Aug 31, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Service time question: Rodriguez accrues time because his service has already begun. Why don’t 40-man roster call-ups who haven’t made their debut accrue time?

    • Matthew Pouliot - Aug 31, 2012 at 7:38 PM

      They do. Every day spent on the active roster or on the major league DL counts towards service time. Also, if a player is sent down but returns within 20 days, his time in the minors will still count as major league service time.

      • dondada10 - Aug 31, 2012 at 7:43 PM

        Even if it’s their debut? So are those the guys that eventually are at risk of being “Super 2s” in arbitration?

      • Matthew Pouliot - Aug 31, 2012 at 7:59 PM

        Right. So if the Royals don’t call up Myers this month, they could call him up in the first half of June next year and not have to worry about him being super-two eligible. If they did call him up for a month now, then they’d have to wait until mid-July to avoid the super-two possibility.

  4. maynardstool - Aug 31, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    No you just don’t like the Cardinals. That’s why you put the whole team under that “umbrella”.

    You’re just yet another bitter wannabe journalist. Maybe once you start treating your hobby as a real profession you could be successful. But to do that you would actually have to practice some objectivity, which obviously you have none of.

    • Alex K - Aug 31, 2012 at 10:48 PM

      There are plenty of things to rag on Matthew about, but it’s crazy to imply that he’s not successful as a blogger/writer.

  5. tfbuckfutter - Aug 31, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Maybe they called him up because even with a broken hand he could still replicate Carlos Pena’s batting average.

  6. scottp9 - Aug 31, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Actually his major league salary is less than double his minor league salary, but it’s still a nice bump – roughly an extra $50,000 total in pre-tax dollars for the remaining month of the season. The service time won’t make much of a difference to him – he’ll still be in the same service class at the end of the year that he would have been had he stopped earning major league service when he was originally sent down. So he does receive some benefit from the move, but it’s not a lot in the grand scheme.

  7. ezthinking - Sep 1, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    Isn’t this just exploiting the K-Rod loophole? Now can’t they grab any guy on the 40 man to fill a spot in the playoffs?

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