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Friday, June 05, 2009

Galloway: Rangers’ message to Padilla: Stupid is as stupid pitches

What happened this week appears to be more about motivation than money, although in conversations with several team voices Thursday in New York, Padilla’s popularity within the clubhouse is at an all-time low.

Vinny is considered too much of a loner to be considered a team cancer, but as one guy told me, “He just doesn’t care. He could care less. And he’s going to get somebody hurt. Somebody who does care about the team.”

Vinny throws at hitters. Always has. That’s not necessarily bad, but he’s stupid at times with how he does it, such as drilling Mark Teixeira of the Yankees twice on Tuesday night. Padilla claims it wasn’t intentional. Nobody believed him, starting with Tex, but also including those in his own clubhouse.

“What if Nellie (Nelson Cruz) had been hit in the head and we lose him?” asked a member of the Rangers, referring to the retaliatory pitch on Tuesday which was in the vicinity of Cruz’s noggin. “Or when Tex goes that hard into second, trying to kill the kid (prized young shortstop Elvis Andrus)? That was retaliatory for getting drilled (by Padilla). What if Elvis had been hurt over nothing?”

Beyond that, however, Padilla is also the one member of the rotation, or the entire pitching staff, who doesn’t seem to have bought into the Mike Maddux gospel.

“(Padilla) has his own plan when he goes to the mound,” said a team member. “You never know what you are going to get. He can suddenly forget his fastball and start throwing slop. It’s crazy.”

Thanks to Paul Casanova Scotia.

Repoz Posted: June 05, 2009 at 03:50 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. BeanoCook Posted: June 05, 2009 at 03:59 AM (#3207226)
Watching the game just the other day, I was surprised to see quite a beer gut on V Padilla. It was as if he was wearing the gut of a 55 yr old sportswriter.
   2. Tony H. Posted: June 05, 2009 at 04:33 AM (#3207244)
Given Padilla's, um, relationship with alcohol, I guess I wouldn't be too surprised by that.
   3. Shredder Posted: June 05, 2009 at 05:38 AM (#3207283)
"Couldn't". "Couldn't" care less. Please, people, think before you speak. If it's possible for him to care less, that means he cares.
   4. BeanoCook Posted: June 05, 2009 at 05:52 AM (#3207286)
Wow, thanks for the link/information Tony H. I am up on a lot in baseball but had no idea Padilla had such a history. I guess I am as observant as I think I am, the gut was indeed doughy and something I had never seen on a pro-athlete in the last 15 years.

Why am I not surprised he was buzzed in the 2002 ASG? It was in Milwaukee, after all.
   5. Walt Davis Posted: June 05, 2009 at 09:12 AM (#3207331)
Hardly definitive but the Rangers' hitters are only 11th in HBP with a meager 12. Seeing as Padilla has 7 all on his own and the staff has 26 overall, it's hard to see much revenge at work. Fair enough, last year they were 5th (but still hit more than they got hit ... and, wow, reliever Josh Rupe hit 10 in just 90 IP), 6th in 07 (still hit more), but 14th in 06 (they hit 26! more guys than the opps ... Padilla had 17 all on his own).
   6. The NeverEnding Torii (oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh) Posted: June 05, 2009 at 09:34 AM (#3207339)
“(Padilla) has his own plan when he goes to the mound,” said a team member. “You never know what you are going to get.”

Elvis Andrus always said: Life is like a Vicente Padilla. You never know what you're gonna get.

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