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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

AP: Stapleton: Rockies do not sign Neifi Perez to minor-league contract

I was about to post this story about the Rockies bringing Neifi Perez back, with a note saying “HOW COULD NOBODY HAVE MENTIONED THIS YET?”.

Then I noticed that the same news site had a brand new story specifically retracting the old one and making it absolutely clear that the Rockies are aware that Perez really needs the money, or something like that, and that signing him would be “throwing him a lifeline” to a player who is popular in the clubhouse and the organization, and still they have thought it over very carefully and decided they have no interest in him.

What a way for a career to end, if it comes to that…but I think he’ll catch on somewhere.

Perez and the Rockies had agreed to a $750,000 minor league contract on Tuesday, a goodwill gesture that manager Clint Hurdle called a lifeline for one of the more popular players in club history who has hit hard times of late.

But the team later had second thoughts and decided against bringing him back.
...

The first player suspended by baseball for stimulants since they were banned before the 2006 season, Perez has 18 games remaining on an 80-game suspension he received last season after testing positive for a third time.

Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: February 27, 2008 at 06:29 PM | 27 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: expos, obituaries, rockies

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   1. Xander Posted: February 27, 2008 at 07:32 PM (#2701302)
I wish there was a press release everytime a team did not sign a player.
   2. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: February 27, 2008 at 07:33 PM (#2701305)
Jeeze, I'm sorry that Neifi has fallen on tough times, but the guy grossed over $20 million in salary alone over his career. What the hell happened?
   3. Erix Posted: February 27, 2008 at 07:38 PM (#2701312)
but the guy grossed over $20 million in salary alone over his career.


And he did it as arguably the worst hitter in the big leagues.
   4. SoSH U at work Posted: February 27, 2008 at 07:46 PM (#2701324)
Good move by the Rockies.
   5. UCCF Posted: February 27, 2008 at 07:48 PM (#2701326)
Where was this headline in the Chicago papers back in 2005?
   6. this space for rent Posted: February 27, 2008 at 08:05 PM (#2701348)
It sounds like the "hard times" are simply (a) the 80-game suspension for using stimulants and (b) the fact that Neifi is now so desperate that he's willing to accept a minor league contract with a spring training invite in an attempt to revive his career. Which sucks if you're Neifi, but in the grand scheme of things, not so much.
   7. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 27, 2008 at 08:20 PM (#2701364)
It sounds like the "hard times" are simply (a) the 80-game suspension for using stimulants and (b) the fact that Neifi is now so desperate that he's willing to accept a minor league contract with a spring training invite in an attempt to revive his career. Which sucks if you're Neifi, but in the grand scheme of things, not so much.

If that's it, could I please have $20M and be banned from my career; make it a lifetime ban. Using "hard times" for that is a sick joke.
   8. parkermo Posted: February 27, 2008 at 08:21 PM (#2701365)
I just looked up his career line and barfed. I had no idea he was THAT bad.
   9. standuptriple Posted: February 27, 2008 at 08:22 PM (#2701367)
I find it offensive that they left the "!" off at the end.
   10. Brandon in MO (Yunitility Infielder) Posted: February 27, 2008 at 08:29 PM (#2701382)
Who would want to give Neifi $750K now? He got $4M for a .236/.260/.303 year from KC.
   11. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 27, 2008 at 08:30 PM (#2701385)
Maybe he'll be able to parlay the Neifichiro! nickname into a career in Japan.

Hell, if Greg LaRocca can be a star there, anything can happen.
   12. 1k5v3L Posted: February 27, 2008 at 08:30 PM (#2701387)
I wonder if Neifi would listen if Dusty called.
   13. Spiked Owen Posted: February 27, 2008 at 08:46 PM (#2701409)
Nice touch putting the "Obituaries" tag on this story.
   14. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: February 27, 2008 at 08:57 PM (#2701423)
According to Wikipedia, this guy is Neifi Perez's brother, so even if he loses all his money the family won't be destitute.
   15. Dingbat_Charlie Posted: February 27, 2008 at 09:05 PM (#2701431)
Neifi could get a gig as one of Rubby's backup singer/dancers.
   16. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: February 27, 2008 at 09:13 PM (#2701441)
I like how one of the commenters on that video is "BelizeanThug22". In honor of the one major league player born in Belize, I will borrow that name.
   17. Mike Emeigh Posted: February 27, 2008 at 09:14 PM (#2701442)
Neifi has played 1403 games in his career, with a career OPS+ of 64. Some other long-career, weak-hitting players: Larry Bowa played 2247 games with a career OPS+ of 71, Mark Belanger played 2016 games with an OPS+ of 68, Ozzie Guillen played 1993 games with a career OPS+ of 68, Alfredo Griffin played 1962 games with a career OPS+ of 67, Ed Brinkman played 1846 games with a career OPS+ of 65, Tim Foli played 1696 games with a career OPS+ of 64, and Dal Maxvill played 1423 games with a career OPS+ of 57.

Bowa, Belanger, Roy McMillan (2093/72), and Don Kessinger (2078/73) are the only four players in ML history to have played over 2000 games with an OPS+ under 75.

-- MWE
   18. UCCF Posted: February 27, 2008 at 09:30 PM (#2701464)
I wonder if Neifi would listen if Dusty called.

I wouldn't be at all surprised if Dusty has considered bringing him to Reds camp, even just as an NRI. If I were Neifi, that would be the first call I would make.
   19. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: February 27, 2008 at 09:35 PM (#2701473)
In related news, the Cubs did not sign Estelle Getty to join their rotation.

It just seems that way.
   20. MM1f Posted: February 27, 2008 at 09:36 PM (#2701476)
"
It sounds like the "hard times" are simply (a) the 80-game suspension for using stimulants and (b) the fact that Neifi is now so desperate that he's willing to accept a minor league contract with a spring training invite in an attempt to revive his career. Which sucks if you're Neifi, but in the grand scheme of things, not so much. "

I don't think we know that at all. There could be 100 personal reasons he has fallen on hard times right now
   21. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: February 27, 2008 at 09:39 PM (#2701482)
Dan O'Dowd: "Rumors of my Neifiness have been greatly exaggerated."
   22. Devin has a deep burning passion for fuzzy socks Posted: February 27, 2008 at 09:52 PM (#2701511)
I'm willing to bet that you-know-who is the only non-pitcher to play in over 900 games with an OPS+ under 25.
   23. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: February 27, 2008 at 11:16 PM (#2701625)
I'm willing to bet that you-know-who is the only non-pitcher to play in over 900 games with an OPS+ under 25.


Play Index says you're right. Rafael Belliard is second, at 46.
   24. Brandon in MO (Yunitility Infielder) Posted: February 27, 2008 at 11:19 PM (#2701628)
372 PAs to someone who went .139/.163/.156? That makes overplaying Paul Bako seem reasonable.
   25. H_Vaughn08 Posted: February 28, 2008 at 01:48 AM (#2701721)
BelizeanThug22


I'm scared to think there are 21 other Belizean thugs out there.
   26. Exploring Leftist Conservatism since 2008 (ark..) Posted: February 28, 2008 at 10:29 AM (#2701886)
I just looked up his career line and barfed. I had no idea he was THAT bad.


That's one way of putting it. Another is, at age 32 he put up this line: .274/.298/.383, then he fell off a cliff.
   27. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: February 28, 2008 at 12:09 PM (#2701892)
I'm willing to bet that you-know-who is the only non-pitcher to play in over 900 games with an OPS+ under 25.
Ah, Bill Bergen. Not only couldn't he hit, but he had the misfortune to be the brother of the Chris Benoit of deadball era baseball

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