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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Carl Pavano is retiring

Damn! Pavano is 557 on the Starting Pitcher JAWS Leader Board and not 550 (DL in Roman Numerals).

As of a couple months ago Carl Pavano was trying to make a comeback after missing all of last season following a gruesome home accident in which he suffered a ruptured spleen, but now he’s ready to call it a career.

Pavano’s agent told Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors that the 38-year-old right-hander is retiring after 14 seasons in the majors, issuing the following statement:

  Despite my strong desire to compete and hard work in preparing for the upcoming season I feel that the amount of time lost from my spleen injury, coupled with the recovery from my complications from that injury, preclude me from continuing to compete at my highest level, which is necessary to perform in the major leagues.

Repoz Posted: February 26, 2014 at 06:22 PM | 28 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Mike Emeigh Posted: February 26, 2014 at 06:57 PM (#4663176)
Is anyone going to notice that he's retired?

-- MWE
   2. Nasty Nate Posted: February 26, 2014 at 07:07 PM (#4663182)
Is anyone going to notice that he's retired?

-- MWE


The doorman at the DL certainly will.

-------------

So long Carl, one of my favorite Yankees of all time.
   3. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: February 26, 2014 at 07:12 PM (#4663184)
I was sure he was going to come back. He missed this past season because of the ruptured spleen, not because he was cut in spring training or anything. Oh well.
   4. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 26, 2014 at 07:30 PM (#4663195)
Tragic development in the story. The moment Pavano said the word "retired," his tongue exploded.
   5. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: February 26, 2014 at 08:14 PM (#4663207)
And another Montreal Expo says goodbye.
   6. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: February 26, 2014 at 09:04 PM (#4663231)
My favorite offseason was the year the Yanks signed Pavano and Jaret Wright. Wright failed his first physical - then the team had him take ANOTHER and signed him for 3 years (I think) even after passing only 50% of the physicals.

And Pavano was an unmitigated disaster in NY.

That was just comical....
   7. valuearbitrageur Posted: February 26, 2014 at 09:50 PM (#4663251)
The Jaret Wright signing at least worked out fine ,,,

.. for Jaret!
   8. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: February 26, 2014 at 11:11 PM (#4663282)
I think it was the same offseason they signed Tony Womack.

And they still won 95 games and division title, thanks in part to the miraculous seasons of Shawn Chacon and Aaron Small, the emergence of Chien Ming Wang and Robinson Cano, and a monster season from A-Rod (with supporting mashing coming from Giambi and Sheffield....YayRoids!)
   9. Scoriano Flitcraft Posted: February 26, 2014 at 11:57 PM (#4663297)
They coulda shoulda signed Beltran instead. It was, at the time, infuriating. In hindsight, it might have cost them ring(s).
   10. The District Attorney Posted: February 27, 2014 at 12:06 AM (#4663299)
Made over $70 million, nailed Alyssa Milano, will be able to say he was traded for a Hall of Fame pitcher in his prime. Pretty good.

I guess retirement needed more pitchers like Carl Pavano.
   11. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: February 27, 2014 at 12:49 AM (#4663317)




nobody, not even Carl Pavano, has such small hands
   12. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: February 27, 2014 at 01:12 AM (#4663323)
Expos?? There was a team named The Expos?? Were they decent?
   13. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 27, 2014 at 01:44 AM (#4663332)
Nick Johnson is still on a DL somewhere though, right?
   14. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: February 27, 2014 at 08:45 AM (#4663354)
it might have cost them ring(s).


Don't you mean...ring(z)? Hmmmm?
   15. crict Posted: February 27, 2014 at 09:08 AM (#4663360)
The 2.5 above average years he gave the Marlins were hard to swallow for Expos fans. After a promising injury-shortened 2000, he looked completely done, so much that he probably had negative trade value in 2002 when Minaya went for broke. Plus, he helped evil Loria.
   16. sinicalypse Posted: February 27, 2014 at 09:32 AM (#4663362)
don't worry #15, that trade also had netted them tony armas jr. i remember when he had a promising start to the 2003 season, but then, well, as an expos fan very possibly would tell you: c'est la vie.

i'll always cherish my old 83 mitchell and ness powder blue throwback with the now-mostly-faded signatures of michael barrett, orlando cabrera, and of course tony armas jr. i got the signatures from the 03 season opening series against the cubs, so i told people that i got the tony armas jr signature during the apex of his career. they usually just kind of looked at me funny.
   17. Baseball Mogul 2003 Posted: February 27, 2014 at 09:39 AM (#4663364)
Baseball needs more pitchers like Carl Pavano.
   18. Misirlou's been working for the drug squad Posted: February 27, 2014 at 09:41 AM (#4663365)
Baseball needs more pitchers like Carl Pavano.


If we had more pitchers like him, we'd have fewer pitchers like him.
   19. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: February 27, 2014 at 09:43 AM (#4663366)
He'll probably live to be a million.
   20. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: February 27, 2014 at 09:47 AM (#4663367)
In 1997 I was at Red Sox spring training in Fort Myers down at the minor league complex. Pavano and Brian Rose had both been at AA the year before and came out of a building where they had clearly just had a meeting with Sox' brass. Pavano picked up a baseball that was laying on the ground, looked at it, looked at Rose and said "yup, minor league" and fired the ball at the ground. His disappointment was obvious but I found myself rooting for him after that. I liked that he seemed to have some passion.
   21. The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: February 27, 2014 at 09:57 AM (#4663373)
Yeah, say what you will about his fragility, and he may not have turned into the pitcher that we all expected, but I don't buy for a minute the idea that he was dogging it.

The guy blew his arm out, what, three times? He almost died once, broke several ribs once. The butt bruise is funny. I'll give his detractors that one.
   22. just plain joe Posted: February 27, 2014 at 10:55 AM (#4663439)
Nick Johnson is still on a DL somewhere though, right?


Lifetime achievement award.
   23. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: February 27, 2014 at 01:02 PM (#4663566)
Am I misreading the statline, or did Pavano throw 7(!) complete games in 2010?
   24. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 27, 2014 at 01:06 PM (#4663572)
Am I misreading the statline, or did Pavano throw 7(!) complete games in 2010?


He developed really good control later in his career, especially with the strike-emphasizing twins. He worked pretty efficient games there from what I recall.
   25. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: February 27, 2014 at 01:23 PM (#4663591)
The Jaret Wright signing at least worked out fine ,,,

.. for Jaret!


It could only be Jaret?
   26. WillYoung Posted: February 27, 2014 at 06:07 PM (#4663809)
Am I misreading the statline, or did Pavano throw 7(!) complete games in 2010?


One of them was a great game against the White Sox and Mark Burly. The first pitch was at 6:10 and everyone knew a giant, GIANT thunderstorm was going to roll through at 8:00. Both he and Burly worked incredibly quickly, threw complete games, and it ended in about 1:45 minutes. Within ten minutes, the GIANT thunderstorm rolled through and would have stopped the game for at least an hour. Just a really cool vibe in Target Field as the two pitchers were racing to get the game in.
   27. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: February 27, 2014 at 06:11 PM (#4663811)
Made over $70 million, nailed Alyssa Milano, will be able to say he was traded for a Hall of Fame pitcher in his prime. Pretty good.

Granted, everyone in baseball's nailed Alyssa, but still: seventy million dollars! Woo-hoo!
   28. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: February 27, 2014 at 07:45 PM (#4663851)
retiring after 14 seasons in the majors
Upon reading this, I went to BBRef to look up how many seasons he had really been in the majors, and was very surprised to find that the answer is 14. There were only two years where he missed the full season (ages 30 and 37). I honestly thought he had missed a whole lot more, to such a degree that it didn't even enter my mind that the "real" answer might actually be 14.

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