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Pirates drop Jonathan Sanchez and his 11.85 ERA

Apr 30, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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Pittsburgh handed Jonathan Sanchez an Opening Day rotation spot despite his being the worst pitcher in baseball last season and predictably after four terrible starts they’ve mercifully decided to designate him for assignment.

Sanchez managed to allow 18 runs in 13.2 innings, get demoted to the bullpen, and draw a six-game suspension for throwing at Allen Craig‘s head, so it was a very memorable month.

Dating back to the beginning of last season Sanchez is 1-12 with an 8.73 ERA and more walks (61) than strikeouts (60) in 78 innings while allowing opponents to hit .330 with a 1.057 OPS. He’s still just 29 years old and not that far removed from being a solid mid-rotation starter with a good strikeout rate for the Giants, but that’s about as bad as pitching gets.

  1. darthicarus - Apr 30, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    At least he can tell his grandkids that he threw a no-hitter once.

    • tuberippin - Apr 30, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      …and also that he threw at a guy’s head one time too.

      • rpiddy - Apr 30, 2013 at 4:48 PM

        And Chase Utley made punked him in the ’09 playoffs. Guy is a punk.

  2. evanwins - Apr 30, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Never liked this guy, It will be interesting to see if anyone picks him up.

    Hey, he could fill in for Strasburg after he goes on the DL directly following his next start.

  3. e5tolife - Apr 30, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Thank god…this guy has been a disaster

    • tuberippin - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:13 PM

      ♫ Tell Sanchito that if he knows what is good for hiiim, he best go run and hide… ♫

      • stlouis1baseball - May 1, 2013 at 11:05 AM

        Daddy’s got a new .45.

  4. DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 30, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Does he have to serve his suspension if someone else signs him?

    • uwsptke - Apr 30, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      I think being DFA’d by the Pirates is punishment enough.

      • tuberippin - Apr 30, 2013 at 4:25 PM

        He could get a job pitching in Japan and throwing at batters alongside former #1 overall pick and Pirates prospect Bryan Bullington.

  5. kelshannon19 - Apr 30, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Dear Astros, PLEASE do the same with 0-5, 8.00 era Phil Humber. It’s an automatic loss before the game even starts when he’s on the bump…like tonight.

    • tuberippin - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:08 PM

      They already demoted Brad Peacock; they need to DFA Humber and Bedard and just roll with Travis Blackley and Jordan Lyles (who is currently at AAA). Can’t be any worse, but I guess the ‘Stros aren’t all too concerned with fielding a slightly-better-than-horrendous team this year.

  6. icanspeel - Apr 30, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    A team would have to be very desperate for starting pitching to pick up Jonathan Sanchez. With those numbers it almost seems better to use a Double-A/Triple-A prospect over him.

  7. Gamera the Brave - Apr 30, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Rodney Dangerfield to Jonathan Sanchez:
    “Hey, wanna earn $15,106,000 the hard way?”….

    • tuberippin - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      Rodney Dangerfield got more respect than Sanchez.

  8. Stiller43 - Apr 30, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Thank god!!!

  9. nickmiller63 - May 1, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Utley may have punked him; but it was in 2010, and who really cares? The Giants punked all the Phillies.

    • tuberippin - May 1, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      That’s on Cody Ross and Cody Ross only, that son of a bitch.

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