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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Ex-A’s right-hander Jarrod Parker retires after career derailed by injuries

At just 29, Jarrod Parker is officially retiring from the game in which he fought so hard to stay after two hideous elbow injuries. He told The Chronicle this week that all that remains is the paperwork.

“I’m not entertaining any offers, let’s put it that way,” Parker said. “I’m just working through the logistical stuff.”

Not surprising, but still kind of a shame. He was a hell of a pitcher before his elbow fell apart.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: February 15, 2018 at 06:45 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Zonk is One Individual Posted: February 15, 2018 at 11:23 AM (#5625470)
Is it me or do the A's seem to develop more of these "hell of a pitcher before X fell apart" types than anyone else?

When you wander through the last decade or so, it just seems like the A's have had pretty good look bringing up pitchers who excel at a pretty young age -- but then blow up, often before they can even trade them.

Beyond Parker, there's Brett Anderson, Trevor Cahill... you could go back a bit further and get Rich Harden, Andrew Bailey... probably a fair number of others I forget.

Maybe it's just a matter of the A's being really good at identifying pitching talent coupled with the high injury/burnout rate of pitchers that makes it seem this way?
   2. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 15, 2018 at 11:25 AM (#5625473)
Maybe it's just a matter of the A's being really good at identifying pitching talent coupled with the high injury/burnout rate of pitchers that makes it seem this way?

Also, they don't keep anyone much past the arb years, so there's always a parade of new, young SP coming through. You see all the blow ups as A's, but the survivors are pitching somewhere else.
   3. Batman Posted: February 15, 2018 at 11:27 AM (#5625475)
He finished fifth in Rookie of the Year voting. Some of those ahead of him: Mike Trout, Yoenis Céspedes and Yu Darvish, all recipients of $100 million-plus contracts.
The other one ahead of him was Wei-Yin Chen, who's in the middle of an $80 million contract.
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 15, 2018 at 11:28 AM (#5625477)
I chalk it up to the ghost of Rick Langford.
   5. Batman Posted: February 15, 2018 at 11:41 AM (#5625483)
Some say the ghost of Chris Codiroli appears on the third morning of Spring Training each year and, if he sees his shadow, he shreds somebody's elbow.
   6. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 15, 2018 at 12:30 PM (#5625513)
Isn't not casting a shadow one of the things about ghosts?
   7. Zonk is One Individual Posted: February 15, 2018 at 12:34 PM (#5625516)
The other one ahead of him was Wei-Yin Chen, who's in the middle of an $80 million contract.


Don't remind Jeter.

Frankly, I'm rather surprised that they didn't just insist someone take Chen along for the ride on the offseason sell-off. I suppose maybe it might have meant less prospect return though.
   8. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: February 15, 2018 at 01:23 PM (#5625551)
I suppose maybe it might have meant less prospect return though.


Is that even possible?
   9. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: February 15, 2018 at 04:53 PM (#5625711)
Is it me or do the A's seem to develop more of these "hell of a pitcher before X fell apart" types than anyone else?

When you wander through the last decade or so, it just seems like the A's have had pretty good look bringing up pitchers who excel at a pretty young age -- but then blow up, often before they can even trade them.

Beyond Parker, there's Brett Anderson, Trevor Cahill... you could go back a bit further and get Rich Harden, Andrew Bailey... probably a fair number of others I forget.

Maybe it's just a matter of the A's being really good at identifying pitching talent coupled with the high injury/burnout rate of pitchers that makes it seem this way?


Dallas Braden
   10. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: February 15, 2018 at 05:15 PM (#5625734)
It doesn't quite fit the profile laid out but Barry Zito had a pretty spectacular collapse.
   11. Zonk is One Individual Posted: February 15, 2018 at 06:25 PM (#5625765)
Well, there's also whats-his-name.... the other guy from the Hudson/Zito/???? troika. The one who basically blew up one year after leaving.

EDIT: Mark Mulder. No cokes will or acknowledgement will be given.
   12. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 15, 2018 at 06:54 PM (#5625779)
Moral of the story: If you're an Oakland A, you're most likely either (i) a veteran who is much better known for your work with other teams, and will kick around for another 50-200 games looking weird in an A's uniform, or (ii) a young pitcher only months away from a catastrophic injury. Either way, not where you wanna be.
   13. Khrushin it bro Posted: February 15, 2018 at 07:31 PM (#5625791)
Plenty of A's pitchers pitched a lot of innings after leaving the A's. Tim Hudson, Dan Haren, Barry Zito (not up to expectations but still lots of innings), Bartolo Colon, Joe Blanton... Pitchers are one pitch away from injury. Which team keeps their pitchers healthy? Just across the Bay the Giants had Lincecum, Cain, Jason Schmidt, Noah Lowry etc.
   14. Walt Davis Posted: February 15, 2018 at 08:51 PM (#5625836)
Which team keeps their pitchers healthy?

The White Sox really have had a pretty amazing run at this. (EDIT: at least in the rotation, no idea about bullpen)
   15. Greg Pope Posted: February 15, 2018 at 09:13 PM (#5625843)
The White Sox really have had a pretty amazing run at this.

True. Right up to me drafting Carlos Rodon last year.
   16. Walt Davis Posted: February 17, 2018 at 05:17 PM (#5626482)
So you're the one to blame.

I feel for the guy but he also qualifies for the "life could be worse" category. A $2.1 M signing bonus and $2.7 in ML earnings, plus MLBPA pension benefits.

Sure, that's not Manhattan rich but if you figure your working life is about 40 years, that's an average annual salary of $120,000 in today's dollars. Sure, taxed at a higher rate and the agent's cut but still just 29. (Was a high school pick though, don't know if he ever went to college in the offseason.)
   17. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: February 17, 2018 at 06:32 PM (#5626497)
Frankly, I'm rather surprised that they didn't just insist someone take Chen along for the ride on the offseason sell-off. I suppose maybe it might have meant less prospect return though.
If they packaged Realmuto with Chen, someone would happily take that contract off the Marlins' hands.
   18. Tin Angel Posted: February 17, 2018 at 08:42 PM (#5626503)
I feel for the guy but he also qualifies for the "life could be worse" category. A $2.1 M signing bonus and $2.7 in ML earnings, plus MLBPA pension benefits.


That's would only last six months in Manhattan!

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