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Unsigned reliever Kevin Gregg isn’t a fan of sabermetrics and wants another chance with the Cubs

Apr 25, 2014, 1:21 PM EDT

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Kevin Gregg was unable to find a taker this offseason and remains unsigned, but 35-year-old right-hander has not retired and in fact told Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun Times that he’s “ready to go” and “just waiting for an opportunity.”

Gregg saved 33 games for the Cubs last season and certainly thinks he could help their bullpen again this year, telling Wittenmyer he’d be willing to sign an incentive-laden contract and start out as a setup man. There are certainly plenty of worse relievers than Gregg with big-league jobs right now, some of them even in high-leverage roles.

However, being critical of the team’s management at the end of last season surely didn’t help his chances of returning to the Cubs this year. Oh, and Gregg also took a shot at people who don’t believe in the supposed aura surrounding the closer role:

A lot of guys think anybody can pitch the ninth–especially sabermetrics guys who come up with a stat for everything. They think everybody can pitch the ninth inning, but, for some reason, those last three outs aren’t the same.

Of course, “sabermetrics guys” would use Gregg’s career as an example of how “those last three outs” are basically the same. He has 177 career saves despite a 4.07 ERA and was repeatedly given closing gigs despite no one ever really thinking he was a closer-caliber pitcher. More so than just about any other pitcher in baseball history Kevin Gregg is what “sabermetrics guys” talk about when they say the closer mystique is overstated.

  1. therealbigben - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Well if it isn’t Kevin Gregg, with a leg for an arm, and an arm for a leg

    • alexo0 - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:46 PM

      Comments don’t usually make me LOL. This one came very close.

      • therealbigben - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        Credit: Dr. Nick

      • sandrafluke2012 - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:26 PM

        what show is that from?

  2. chacochicken - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Gregg has never opened a spreadsheet or run a chi square in his life.

    • 18thstreet - Apr 25, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      With those glasses, the nerd community would have been ready to embrace the guy.

  3. Tick - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Gregg hates Sabermetrics, huh? Is he aware that he sucks regardless of what sort of evaluation you use on him?

    • sandrafluke2012 - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      What are your baseball qualifications to tell someone he sucks?

      • Tick - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        What are your qualifications as an inquisitor to ask me about my qualifications?

      • sandrafluke2012 - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:03 PM

        I stayed at a Holliday inn

    • scatterbrian - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      Sabermetrics aren’t really a fan of Kevin Gregg, so at least we have equity.

  4. Wesley Clark - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Can he be any worse than Jose Veras at this point?

  5. Francisco (FC) - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Isn’t Aaron the author of this post?

  6. dowhatifeellike - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    The last three outs ARE the same. Thinking differently is why some people suck at getting them.

  7. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Sounds like someone has been watching too much Eastbound & Down.

    http://www.culturebully.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Kenny-Powers-K-Swiss-Tubes.jpg

  8. larryboodry - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    At this point the Cubs should be looking at a roster of young guys for next year. Some of them might actually have a clue.

    And bringing back Gregg is not the answer to any question I can think of.

    • zzalapski - Apr 25, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      “What would be an utterly uninspiring way to change your bullpen?”

  9. Kevin S. - Apr 25, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    If there was something that showed I wasn’t very good at my job and made it much harder for me to cash a six- or seven-figure paycheck each year, I don’t think I would be a fan of it either.

  10. tigerman3 - Apr 25, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Tigers need to get this guy he is way better then Phil Coke.

    • Minoring In Baseball - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:27 AM

      I was just going to make a similar comment! He just can’t be worse than who the Tigers have right now. The bullpen is absolutely dreadful, and there’s really no prospects ready to make the jump (possibly Corey Knebel later in the season).
      http://minoringinbaseball.com/

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