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The Blue Jays let go of Wang

Aug 26, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

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For the second time in less than two months the Blue Jays have designated Chien-Ming Wang for assignment. Unlike last time, however, when no one wanted Wang and he accepted a Triple-A assignment, this looks like the end of the road.

Wang gave up four earned runs (five total) in three innings on Saturday. It was his first start since the last one before his last DFA back in early July in which he gave up six runs in an inning and two thirds.

It’s hard to see how anyone would be willing to take a chance on Wang at this point. While he had a couple of good years back in the day he has not been remotely useful in over five years.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    The Jays gave him a couple of chances and he did not perform well enough to deserve a roster spot. With both Drabek and Hutchinson on the 60 day DL and nearing a September call up, the Jays had to create some room on the 40 man roster.

  2. number42is1 - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    You just couldn’t resist, could you Craig?

  3. apkyletexas - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Wang needed to be stronger and longer.

    • ptfu - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      Yes indeed. Wang could not rise to the occasion.

  4. elwaysagenius - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    They still have a firm grasp of both Dickey and Johnson

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      Johnson will soon be a free agent. Can’t see him being offered a new contract by the Jays.

      • jcmeyer10 - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        Then you had to get serious about it.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        LOL! Truth in advertising! The Jays do not have a firm grip on Johnson.

      • apkyletexas - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        “We come back tomorrow Lebowski, and cut off your Johnson!”

      • number42is1 - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        “Excuse me?”

      • dcarroll73 - Aug 27, 2013 at 12:13 AM

        You mean they finally had to let go of Johnson? (I still cherish the days when that word became the standard euphemism for that member; how many of these young pups remember why?)

    • Uncle Charlie - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      How did my juvenile mind miss that the B Jays had Dickey, Johnson, and Wang?

      • number42is1 - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        are you joking? I think that we had no less that 4 articles dedicated to just that.

      • Uncle Charlie - Aug 26, 2013 at 3:51 PM

        Hey now, no need to be hard on me because I don’t pay close attentetion to Wang, Johnson, and Dickey.

  5. Uncle Charlie - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Wang was getting taken deep a lot, 1.67 hr/9. Yikes!

    • number42is1 - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      so.. what you are saying is, if he went deep more than getting taken deep he would still be on the team?

      • Uncle Charlie - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        Wang’s spray chart speaks for itself.

      • number42is1 - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:56 AM

        regardless… at least he never took one to the face full on… that’s something, right?

  6. yahmule - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    More than two shakes and you’re playing with it.

  7. cur68 - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Poor ‘Ole Wang. Couldn’t keep his balls down, and they were hammered. Wang’s no help if he’s knocked out of the park that easy.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 26, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      Alas, it is the Year of Hitting Wang, which is in some ways preferable to being shut out from Wang. I mean, who wants to strike out with Wang? So, the tougher question is: Is it better to be HBPiD and get your base or to get nothing from Wang at all? How can you root against Wang? How can you cheer the release of a poorly performing Wang? How can you enjoy a shameful Wang outing? There are no winners here.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 26, 2013 at 4:27 PM


      • dcarroll73 - Aug 27, 2013 at 12:16 AM

        I beg to differ, historio. You have scored a definite winner right here. Well done, madam.

  8. Kevin S. - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    If we had a universal DH, Wang never suffers the injury that ruined his career.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      A bit ironic that his last disastrous start took place in the same stadium where he had that injury.

  9. historiophiliac - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    I still think you should try to grab Putz! He had that recent dislocation, but I’m sure it’s all straight now.

    • aceshigh11 - Aug 26, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      Now that’s some funny shit right there.

  10. bobwheel - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    They will regret letting Wang slip through their fingers…

  11. uyf1950 - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    “The Blue Jays let go of Wang”, That’s probably a very good thing you never want to hold on to Wang to long.

  12. deathmonkey41 - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    I let go of mine when our 4th Grade teacher told us it could make us go blind. Then I decided shortly after that sight wasn’t all that important anyway.

  13. yahmule - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:41 PM


  14. chiadam - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Is Calcaterra trolling us?

  15. aceshigh11 - Aug 26, 2013 at 1:13 PM


  16. dexterismyhero - Aug 26, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    I just had to read all the comments once I saw the head line. Bravo gentlemen, except the one guy who got serious.

    • aceshigh11 - Aug 26, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      I was sitting in the lab reading all the replies, trying my best to stifle laughing my ass off. Everyone else was looking over at me. Good times.

  17. footballfan01 - Aug 26, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    This comment section did not disappoint. Bravo!

  18. undeadjesus - Aug 26, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    If held onto for too long, Wang will inevitably explode and leave a mess for the bullpen to clean up.

  19. fearthehoody - Aug 26, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Things can get lonely when the Wang gets let go!

  20. beaverdam21 - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Sign seen on Monday Night Football a few years (or more) back when the Vikings had just brought in a young Brad Johnson in place of aging QB Warren Moon – “You’ve seen our Moon, now let us show you our Johnson”

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