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Chris Perez rips the Indians owners in transparent effort to get traded

Sep 6, 2012, 10:37 AM EDT

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You’ve heard of “suicide by cop?”  Yesterday Indians closer Chris Perez tried to commit suicide by media.

Perez took shots at the Indians front office, chalking up the difference in the success of small market teams like Oakland to that of Cleveland to “different owners … [The Tigers] are spending money. [Mike Ilitch] wants to win. Even when the economy was down, he spent money. He’s got a team to show for it. You get what you pay for in baseball. Sometimes you don’t. But most of the time you do.”

He also criticized the Indians for not signing Josh Willingham:

“Josh Willingham would look great in this lineup. They didn’t want to [pay] for that last year. … That’s the decision they make, and this is the bed we’re laying in.”

True, but closers aren’t paid to speak such truths to the media in the middle of a disastrous season for the team.  Seems to me that Perez  is angling for a way out of town. And he may just get it.

  1. lumpyf - Sep 6, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    This jerk must be a real joy to live with. I say trade him to the Bosox. He’ll fit right in there.

  2. willclarkgameface - Sep 6, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    This guy is PISSED OFF.

    And I would be too. This isn’t the most prudent way to leave town if you are a mid to shit level talent. Chris Perez, unfortunately for us because we have to listen to his mouth, is a good closer – in Cleveland.

    His circumstance may just be the best thing he has going for him, pitching without pressure and cruising his way to his weekly paycheck.

    Let’s see how he does in a market that actually cares and makes managers verbally threaten local radio show hosts.

    Nice work, Chris!

  3. temporarilyexiled - Sep 6, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    We’ll take this bearded one over the one we have on ice anyday.


    Giants Fans

  4. dnc6 - Sep 6, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Perez was already on his way out of town. He probably just finally got the official word.

  5. stephenolszewski - Sep 6, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    He is dead on with these comments, and Josh Willingham would look better than any of the LF’s we’ve had all year. Also his comments on the front office (Shapiro and Antonetti) are right on as well these guys have had bad free agent signings and awful drafts (If you disagree check it out Sabathia was the last great talent that’s panned out that we have drafted that was in 98.) and bad free agent signings I understand we have a cheap owner but make due with the money they give you to spend. Look at The Rays they have a lower payroll than the Indians yet they’ve competed for the playoffs since 2008 and have a World Series appearance. Now you see two teams like the A’s and Pirates who are drafting well and have good farm systems that are going to compete for some time if they keep up the good farm system. I think the solution is simple The Dolans need to sell this team and he can take the Indians front office with them.

    • donkastain - Sep 6, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      Totally agree. Antonetti came on board and tried to show he could handle being the GM, and now we have no farm system and an “ace” with an ERA over 5.

      • frightwig - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:01 PM

        The Jimenez and Lowe deals haven’t worked out for the Indians, but I bet bringing in those two pitchers seemed pretty exciting to Chris Perez and other guys in the clubhouse, at the time. I imagine there was some back-slapping and smiles the day they heard Johnny Damon was joining their club, too.

  6. dondada10 - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Something tells me Chris Perez has never seen Bull Durham.

    • DJ MC - Sep 6, 2012 at 12:39 PM

      He has fungus on his shower shoes?

  7. contraryguy - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    The Tribe management has waited too long for guys like Hafner, Choo and Sizemore to become true stars (or become healthy); the starting staff is awful, and the fan support is non-existent (pulling in a lower % of stadium capacity than even Houston in 2012). No quick fix in sight. So while he’s acting like a tool, at least he has reasons to point to.

  8. tfbuckfutter - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    “Ownership needs to take the dick out of their mouth”
    -Chris Perez

  9. Old Gator - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    I wonder how many of those who are criticizing Perez for wanting out of a moribund situation would also be getting on his case for “not being able to handle the pressure” or “not wanting to win” if, say, like Zack Greinke he wanted to sign with a small market team.

    These are just fans I’m questioning. There’s no winning either way with sportswriters; we already know that.

  10. hisgirlgotburrelled - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Maybe he realizes now why fans weren’t showing up when they were in first place. It’s like he’s now answering his own question from months ago.

  11. Lukehart80 - Sep 6, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Not that I’m in love with all the decisions the Indians ownership group has made, but let’s not for a minute pretend that anyone thought Josh Willingham was going to have the season he’s having and that failing to sign him was some epic oversight.

  12. deathmonkey41 - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Maybe he doesn’t want to live in a town where the economy was based upon Lebron James.

  13. blantoncollier - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    So long Chris Perez!
    But at least you went out your way. And you are speaking the truth.

    The Dolan’s over paid for the team.
    They have made bad hires in the front office.
    They have stuck with the Shapiro and Antonetti for too long.
    Those two clowns have had poor drafts, poor trades and stuck with managers too long (See E. Wedge).
    They have also stuck with players too long (See T. Hafner and G.Sizemore).

    The Dolan’s promised to take a large portion of the profits from the cable channel and put it back in the team–then forgot the on field product matters in order to get viewers to watch and advertisers to pay.
    The fans wont come because they dont think the Dolan’s will ever spend real money.

    Team is a big mess. The only way out is for them to sell. And Larry Dolan is on record as is Paul–they arent selling. There is no joy in mudville.

  14. ptho16 - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Indians should trade him to Tampa where they win and the fans still don’t show up.

  15. weaselpuppy - Sep 6, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    1) Mike Illitch is Chris Perez’s favorite owner
    2) Papa Grande’s contract is up after 2012
    3) Brennan Boesch is available….realllllly available

    Step 1 Underwear
    Step 2
    Step 3- Profit!

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