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Pirates release Jonathan Sanchez

May 8, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT

Jonathan Sanchez Getty Getty Images

Last week the Pirates designated Jonathan Sanchez for assignment and today they released the left-hander after he predictably passed through waivers unclaimed.

Sanchez has been the worst pitcher in baseball since the beginning of last season, going 1-12 with an 8.73 ERA, .330 opponents’ batting average, and more walks (61) than strikeouts (60) in 78 innings. That includes an 11.25 ERA for the Pirates, which consists of 18 runs in 13.2 innings.

Sanchez is only 29 years old and not that far removed from throwing a no-hitter and being a high-strikeout starter with some upside, but it’s hard to overstate how awful he’s been.

  1. Francisco (FC) - May 8, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    That Pic seems to be begging for a Caption: “Wha-Wai-Who-? Dude! I still got it! I can get it done! Honest!”

  2. Stiller43 - May 8, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Woo!!!

  3. modellforprez - May 8, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    NOOOOOOOOO not Johnny Sanchez he was just getting ready to bouce back

    • sportsdrenched - May 8, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      Dayton, is that you?

  4. dondada10 - May 8, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    He should follow the Ollie Perez model and become a LOOGY.

  5. mazblast - May 8, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Well, at least one small part of the nightmare of being a Pirates fan (as I am) is over. There aren’t that many signings that are guaranteed to be bad–but we knew this was one of those.

  6. billymc75 - May 8, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    he needs thw Maddux brothers

  7. echech88 - May 8, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Somewhere Jerry Dipoto sees this as the perfect compliment to Joe Blanton.

    Welcome, Angels Savior!

  8. royalsfaninfargo - May 8, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    As a Royal”s fan the greatest thing Sanchez did was be traded for Jeremy Guthrie! Thank you Jonathan Sanchez.

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