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The Blue Jays designate Chien-Ming Wang for assignment

Jul 3, 2013, 9:13 AM EDT

Chien-Ming Wang

I beat the Wang double entendres to death last night on Twitter and this morning in ATH so I won’t do that anymore. But I will note, with some degree of sadness, that the Blue Jays designated Chien-Ming Wang for assignment after last night’s disaster start against the Tigers.

Wang was staked to a 4-0 lead in the first inning but couldn’t escape the second after allowing six runs on eight hits and a walk. That matched the length of his previous outing — he gave up seven runs in an inning and a third to the Red Sox last week — and constituted his third awful game in five starts since being called up by the Jays. That’s just not sustainable, so bye-bye Wang.

It’ll be interesting to see if he latches on anyplace else. He hasn’t had a full season worth of starts since 2007. He was moderately useful in a handful of starts in 2011. Otherwise it has been a disaster of injury and poor pitching, rendering his days as a budding ace — he won 19 games in back-to-back seasons once upon a time — a distant memory.

But he is a name. And sometimes names get more chances than their baseball abilities truly warrant. So we’ll see.

  1. number42is1 - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    “I beat the Wang”

    a little tooooooooooo TMI for my liking

  2. indaburg - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Je suis inconsolable. Au revoir, Wang.

    • nbjays - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      You’ll just have to make do with Dickey and Johnson, ‘burgie.

      As Meatloaf said… two out of three ain’t bad.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:52 AM

        There is still a possibility that David Bush will be called up from Triple A to replace Wang.

      • indaburg - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:21 AM

        A bird, in this case a blue jay, in the hand is worth two in the bush, right?

    • historiophiliac - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      It seems tragic that cur is missing out on the fun.

      • indaburg - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:19 AM

        Seems? It IS a tragedy. You have no idea.

        Don’t worry. I’m thinking up all his innuendos for him. I am working overtime. Sadly, the CockPunchTrio is no more.

  3. jayscarpa - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Poor guy suffered the original injury running the bases in an interleague game in Houston. Best of luck to The Wanger.

  4. therealbigben - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    nobody wants a beaten up, inured Wang

  5. therealbigben - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    nobody wants a beaten up, injured Wang

  6. Francisco (FC) - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    That’s just not sustainable, so bye-bye Wang.

    Continuing with the double-entendres…

    • historiophiliac - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      Also: “matched the length” and “moderately useful in a handful”

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:41 AM

        I’m certain this is a sociological experiment being done by Craig. Claiming to be done with the puns and so forth while letting the reading public pull them out from the post.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:49 AM

        I hope there’s a lair post then (where he smugly blames it on our dirty minds).

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:12 AM

        Your wish is my command.

      • indaburg - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        A dirty mind? A Beautiful Mind.

  7. therealbigben - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    After memorable summer of 2007, Wang sees diminished performance

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      Well, he was a lot younger than. The recovery time is quicker, more stamina, etc.

      Can’t expect Wang to perform like a teenager forever.

  8. southpaw2k - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    The Wang couldn’t last. Premature ejection.

  9. 4d3fect - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    (MXC voice) “And Wang goes down hard!”

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      Right you are, Ken.

  10. southcapitolstreet - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Wang: DFA, but still DTF

  11. paperlions - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Too many sloppy seconds for Wang, gave up 7 runs in the 2nd to Boston and then 6 runs in the second to Detroit.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      How do I know you were giggling to yourself as you wrote this?

      • paperlions - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:02 AM

        I had to stop giggling before I could even type it.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:03 AM

        Don’t lie. You still haven’t stopped giggling. Or, you started again.

      • paperlions - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:03 AM

        So?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:07 AM

        See, I’m not really a guy.

      • paperlions - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:45 AM

        True enough. I can’t break up with someone by texting: “Wang, DFA.”

      • historiophiliac - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:48 AM

        Well, I wouldn’t do that — at least, I don’t think I would.

        It appears to be a lost day at work today…

      • paperlions - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        Maybe not to the wang himself, but as a way to “spread the news” to family/friends.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        STill probably not.

      • paperlions - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        Pity. Opportunity lost.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        Okay. Guess I wouldn’t want to see you break up with anyone… “Wang, FA”?

      • paperlions - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:04 PM

        Hehe. That is funny. Of course, I would never do such a thing, in part because I don’t text….but mostly because I respect the people in my life too much to do such in any other way but face-to-face.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:08 PM

        I don’t understand what that means: “don’t text” ???

        My friends are entirely toooooo nosy to be satisfied with that little text, btw. We’d have to go for drinks so they could get the full story.

  12. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    im really going to miss this guy, personally I thought he fit in well with the rest of the bluejays rotation. You know only last a couple of innings, give up 5 runs or so and take the loss so I really don’t know why they singled out Wang but im sure they will replace him with someone who does the same kind of work so im not worried.

    • supersnappy - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      Stop Trolling Jays fans Dirtyharry! And while you’re at it, stop being so accurate about it

    • historiophiliac - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      Sorry for your loss, harry.

  13. Francisco (FC) - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Craig was grinning at his display. He was seated in his usual high chair, Braves bathrobe recently cleaned and tidy with bubble pipe at his hand. His 71″ LED digital display was already showing the baseball news of the day. Kay Adams was in one of the lower quadrants of his splitscreens going over the items for HBT daily when she noticed his expression.

    “Craig! Are you even listening to me? I asked you the same question twice about Yasiel Puig and the All-Star game.”

    “Hmm,” he looked up. “Oh sorry my dear, I was just conducting a small social experiment on our readers at HBT. After making puns on Twitter and ATH last night about Wang’s demotion from the Jays I purposely set up a blog post that on the surface is straightforward news but underneath has many expressions and turns of phrase that could be indecently interpreted by dirty minds. And they all fell for it beautifully. People just can’t their minds out of the gutter when presented with an easy opportunity to revel in it.”

    Kay thought about it for a moment and then said: “And to think, NBC pays you for posting these things.”

    Craig cracked a winning smile: “I know! It’s great isn’t it?”

    • historiophiliac - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      You suggest, sir, that HBT readers embody the lowest common social denominator. I can only hope the OG elevates our juvenile sniggering to literate humor. (Tough gig, Gator, cuz Craig is a poor man’s Rabelais.)

    • nbjays - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      To be fair, FC, Craig could post something as innocent as “The Reds defeated the Cubs last night”, and most of the regulars here at HBT (myself included) would find a way to make it sound dirty, funny or dirty AND funny. That’s just how we roll.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        You’re certainly right about that. You should see the band of ruffians I hang around with in FB.

  14. stephenolszewski - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Fook Me that was fast…

    • nbjays - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      That’s what SHE said…

  15. caeser12 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    I see everybody’s having fun tonight.

    Everybody’s Wang Chunging tonight.

    • trollingforjustice - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      This story gives me Wang envy…….

  16. cackalackyank - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    So once again Wang is dead wood.

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