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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Jason Hammel dismisses importance of All-Star team

This time, it’s Count Five!...(even with Hammel’s psychotic reaction)

“I honestly couldn’t care less about that,” Hammel said. “I think we have something bigger going on here with the team. We’re playing good ball right now. If that were to happen, that’s awesome. There are other guys who are worthy, too, on this squad. I don’t think we’re really thinking about that right now. We’re just trying to compete and make it into the All-Star break going strong.”

...Hammel isn’t consumed with the idea of making the All-Star team, but Hardy endorses him.

Asked if Hammel deserves the honor, Hardy replied, “Definitely. I voted for him today.”

...You can assume that catcher Matt Wieters also voted for Hammel on his All-Star ballot.

“Definitely,” he said. “I’ve been able to catch most of his starts and he gives us a great chance to win when we go out there, which is all you can ask for.”

Repoz Posted: June 23, 2012 at 08:27 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: all-star game, orioles

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   1. donlock Posted: June 23, 2012 at 09:55 AM (#4164245)
Pause...Jason gets down on his knees and thanks the Lord for getting him out of Colorado and Mile High Stadium."Even the AL East is better than pitching there."
   2. Ray (CTL) Posted: June 23, 2012 at 10:36 AM (#4164262)
He could give a rat's ass about that.
   3. puck Posted: June 23, 2012 at 11:57 AM (#4164293)
Hammel seemed like a good pitcher the last few years--though maybe not this good. He thew 92 touching 94 with what seemed like a good curve. With Colorado it seemed inconsistency and minor injuries (perhaps related) always dogged him.
   4. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: June 23, 2012 at 12:46 PM (#4164305)
The choice between three days off and a trip to Kansas City is a pretty easy one for most.
   5. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: June 23, 2012 at 01:20 PM (#4164314)
One would have to say that the trade has, thus far, been a bit lopsided. Hammel is talking ASG and Guthrie is the odd man out in the Rockies' spectacularly shitty starting rotation.
   6. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 23, 2012 at 03:15 PM (#4164377)
Yeah, it was an awful trade, part of a series of terrible transactions conducted by the Rockies over the winter. On the other hand, the Rockies - back when they knew what they were doing - picked up Hammel off the scrap heap themselves, getting him from the Rays for Aneury Rodriguez in 2009. So we can't complain too much.
   7. DKDC Posted: June 23, 2012 at 03:36 PM (#4164388)
To be fair, it wasn't an obviously bad trade at the time for the Rockies, and it's still early. I think the consensus was that it was basically pointless for both teams, and Keith Law in particular criticize the Orioles side of the trade.

A lot of Orioles fans hated the trade because Guthrie seems like a legitimately good dude and Hammel didn't appear to offer much upside to Guthrie's mediocrity. I didn't have a strong opinion either way.
   8. Jim Wisinski Posted: June 23, 2012 at 05:13 PM (#4164465)
I'm really glad to see Hammel doing well. He was one of my favorite prospects in the Rays organization as he was coming up but he was crowded out of the rotation and never seemed to be able to keep his mechanics in-line on the erratic work schedule of a relief pitcher.
   9. cardsfanboy Posted: June 23, 2012 at 10:32 PM (#4164575)
That's no fair, the players get to vote on pitchers for the All star game.
   10. Curse of the Andino Posted: June 23, 2012 at 10:32 PM (#4164576)
A lot of Orioles fans hated the trade because Guthrie seems like a legitimately good dude and Hammel didn't appear to offer much upside to Guthrie's mediocrity. I didn't have a strong opinion either way.


I really admire Guthrie for making jokes on twitter about leading the league in losses twice over the past couple of years. He was also great with the "It Gets Better" thing, overcoming what you might have thought were some religious teachings. I'd go even further, and say with a really good defensive team (like the Angels), he'd make a great #4.

But I loved this deal from the moment it was announced... just thought Colorado was less of a hitter's park than its been this year.

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