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Friday, May 31, 2013

Beckett worried his career may be over

Endgame: Finished, it’s finished, nearly finished, it must be nearly finished.

The level of local goodwill that Josh Beckett built with his historic 2007 postseason faded over time, and all but disappeared in the 2011 chicken-and-beer fiasco. And there’s no doubt there are plenty of people—a local talk-show host, most notably—reveling in his 0-5, 5.91 start for the Dodgers.

But only the most heartless among us can be happy with the shocking news, as reported by the Los Angeles Times, that Beckett’s career may be over.

“Any time something like that happens to your arm or you start losing feeling and stuff . . . you think about [retirement] for sure,” Beckett, who is on the disabled list after four to five weeks of numbness in the fingers on his right hand, told the Times. “I don’t really want to think like that right now. I want to think about figuring out a way to deal with this.”

He underwent an MRI earlier this week, the results of which will be reviewed by a hand specialist on Monday. The fear, no doubt, is an aneurysm, or something similar causing nerve impingement and/or reduced blood flow.

“I’m concerned,” said Beckett. “I’ve never dealt with anything like this for this amount of time. We’ll just have to see what happens there.”

Repoz Posted: May 31, 2013 at 12:40 PM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: May 31, 2013 at 12:50 PM (#4456919)
I may be the last remaining Josh Beckett fan alive. For me World Series title > everything else. I really hope he can bounce back.
   2. Nasty Nate Posted: May 31, 2013 at 12:51 PM (#4456921)
I once thought Beckett's career was over, but it was just the jackass taking forever in between a couple of pitches.
   3. Mirabelli Dictu (Chris McClinch) Posted: May 31, 2013 at 01:10 PM (#4456937)
I'm with you, Jose. The World Series title, plus shutting down the Yankees in the 2003 World Series, makes him a hero in my book. I'm really hoping he bounces back as well.
   4. Famous Original Joe C Posted: May 31, 2013 at 01:26 PM (#4456948)
I'm with you, Jose. The World Series title, plus shutting down the Yankees in the 2003 World Series, makes him a hero in my book. I'm really hoping he bounces back as well.


Yep, ditto. I'm glad they traded him last year - I was finally done at that point, but I could never hate the guy.
   5. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: May 31, 2013 at 01:40 PM (#4456968)
This is just a ploy to move Josh Beckett into the upcoming Commissioner's vacancy.
   6. Yastrzemski in left. Posted: May 31, 2013 at 01:56 PM (#4456983)
MAY be over? Maybe he needs a few more "Rally Beers"?
   7. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: May 31, 2013 at 02:11 PM (#4457000)
Should have laid off the extra crispy Popeye's there, chubbs.
   8. Dale Sams Posted: May 31, 2013 at 02:11 PM (#4457001)
he's still striking out 8.3 batters per nine innings. It's not a career high, but it's above his career average of 8.5.


God I hate Sabermetrics.
   9. Mattbert Posted: May 31, 2013 at 02:22 PM (#4457015)
I'm glad they traded him last year - I was finally done at that point, but I could never hate the guy.

Same here.
   10. The 15-Day DL Posted: May 31, 2013 at 02:24 PM (#4457016)
Pavano invited him. Good Lord it's like the movie Old School around here.
   11. Gamingboy Posted: May 31, 2013 at 02:42 PM (#4457034)
At one point, this man seemed like the best postseason starting pitcher I'd ever seen.
   12. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 31, 2013 at 03:03 PM (#4457062)
The fear, no doubt, is an aneurysm, or something similar causing nerve impingement and/or reduced blood flow.

Not a doctor, but didn't David Cone and a few others bounce back fine after aneurysm surgery? Might not be the end of his career.
   13. Dan Posted: May 31, 2013 at 03:18 PM (#4457089)
Sounds a lot like the symptoms you hear pitchers describe before a Thoracic Outlet Syndrome diagnosis. Either that or the aforementioned aneurism. Either one should be repairable via surgery though.
   14. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: May 31, 2013 at 05:03 PM (#4457206)
I would never wish a career-ending injury upon anyone, and I hope he recovers and pitches well for the Dodgers.

That said, as a lifelong Red Sox fan, I have never been a big fan of his. Even during the 2007 season, he was the kind of guy I felt I was required to root for, because he was pitching really well for my team - but I don't recall a lot of Boston fans embracing him.

I continue to be amazed that the Red Sox were able to make that trade last summer. At the time of the trade, Beckett was 5-11 with an ERA of 5.23. He had a good 2011, overall, but his ERA was over 5 for that last eight or so starts of the season, when the team collapsed, and he was (fairly or not) seen as part of the mutiny. The funny thing is, Crawford, Gonzalez, and even Punto are playing well, and the Dodgers can't be disappointed with how those guys have performed...but I would still make that trade any day of the week, if I'm Boston.

After his strong 2007 season, age 27, runner up for the CYA, playoff stud, you'd think he was going to be one of the dominant horses of the next ten years. In the 5 1/2 years since then - 55-48, ERA+ of 106, probably not going to add a lot of innings this year. He'll have made about $82 million since that 2007 season...perhaps another example of how tough it is to evaluate pitchers for the long haul.
   15. Nasty Nate Posted: May 31, 2013 at 05:13 PM (#4457216)
He had a good 2011, overall, but his ERA was over 5 for that last eight or so starts of the season, when the team collapsed, and he was (fairly or not) seen as part of the mutiny.


It would have been a perfect time for the Sox to trade him after 2011.
   16. toratoratora Posted: May 31, 2013 at 05:30 PM (#4457230)
I may be the last remaining Josh Beckett fan alive. For me World Series title > everything else. I really hope he can bounce back.

Yeah-I'm with you on this. The sacred 25 too.
I actually have a whole lot of Beckett stuff-post series, everyone I know gave me Beckett gear for gifts. I have bobbleheads, framed pics, jersey, the whole freaking nine yards.
Haven't looked at any of that for years, but I could never bring myself to hate the man, no matter what kind of ass he is.
   17. Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: May 31, 2013 at 06:44 PM (#4457271)
I'm with #1 and others, and would just add his awesome post-game interview after Cleveland (I think) brought his ex gf out to sing the anthem in the 07 playoffs to the list.
   18. tfbg9 Posted: June 01, 2013 at 12:50 PM (#4457699)
I am a fan as well. Gratitude for 03 and 07.
   19. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: June 01, 2013 at 01:19 PM (#4457713)
And the '03 start was on 3 days rest, IIRC.
   20. tfbg9 Posted: June 01, 2013 at 03:14 PM (#4457778)
The Sox won the WS in 2007. Beckett had a big PS, and led the team in the RS with 6.6 rWAR. He had a good September IIRC, as well.
(Schilling led them in 2004 with 7.9)
   21. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: June 01, 2013 at 05:19 PM (#4457881)
At one point, this man seemed like the best postseason starting pitcher I'd ever seen.
At one point, he probably was. Through his first 10 postseason games (9 starts), he was 6-2, 1.73. He'd allowed 14 ER--but six of them came in his lousy Game 1 of the '03 NLCS. After those ten games, Beckett was 1-1, 7.71 and allowed 18 ER. In fact, he allowed as many earned runs in the 2008 playoffs as he had in the 2003 and 2007 playoffs combined.

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