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Friday, April 22, 2005

Mets - Called up Bell

New York Mets - Placed P Felix Heredia on the 15-day DL; recalled P Heath Bell.

It really is too bad that it took a scary circulatory problem and an additional sore thumb to get The Run Fairy off the team instead of the fact that he’s kind of a crappy pitcher.  After turning the corner in 2004, having an ERA that matched his fastball, K rate, and his DIPS ERA, Bell was called up, pitched very well in his extra-large cup of coffee (3.33 ERA, 27 K in 24.1 innings) and was gracelessly sent to the minors to start the year so that Heredia could attempt to single-handedly prevent a new steroid testing regiment in baseball from causing offense to drop.

Even without Mr. Fairy, Mike Matthews and Manny Aybar getting more of a shot to start the season than Bell was a crime.  Almost bad enough for Bell to deserve some mopey indie pop song in his honor.

Dan Szymborski Posted: April 22, 2005 at 02:10 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. VeteranPresence.com Posted: April 22, 2005 at 03:44 AM (#1278719)
Almost bad enough for Bell to deserve some mopey indie pop song in his honor.

"Right-handed hitting Exposes Doubt"?
"LOOGY of What?"
"Dear Catastrophe LOOGY"?
"Platoon Splits Are Creepy"?
"DL and Soon Forgotten"?
"Cut Your Shitty Reliever"?
"I Could Live In Norfolk"?

Ok, the last one is an album.
   2. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: April 22, 2005 at 04:34 AM (#1278791)
I've said this before but I never thought it was such a big deal that Bell was optioned to the minors. I knew he'd be back soon enough. The Mets threw a lot of crap at the wall and are looking to see what sticks. It looks like Hernandez has something left and Aybar might not be a terrible guy to have as the last guy out of the bullpen. He's been decent so far (2.36 FIPS). I'd rather the Mets did this than trade a prospect for a mediocre at the deadline.
   3. Chris in Wicker Park Posted: April 22, 2005 at 03:26 PM (#1279312)
I'd rather the Mets did this than trade a prospect for a mediocre at the deadline.

I couldn't agree more.
   4. Hack Wilson Posted: April 22, 2005 at 03:38 PM (#1279346)
Mets - Called up Bell
Oh its Heath, I was hoping Derek was bringing his
'Operation Shutdown' back to Shea.
   5. Sean McNally Posted: April 22, 2005 at 03:46 PM (#1279380)
Dan,

It's The Run Fairy™ ... you can't forget the "™"
   6. S.E. Kaufman Posted: April 22, 2005 at 07:20 PM (#1279958)
Have you seen Bell pitch? I did for the first time the other night and he has a delivery straight out of the fin de seicle: little left leg kick; plants it really, really early; then pivots off it as he delivers. Between him an Koo (who pivots on the rubber via a single spike on his right shoe), the Mets' pen is certain to the win the coveted Strangest Aggragate Delivery Award (Non-Side Arm and Submarine Division)...
   7. flakmeister Posted: April 22, 2005 at 07:30 PM (#1279989)
Back when Felix "pitched" for the Cubs the IL state lottery had some gargantuan jackpot. On the WMVP afternoon show they had the lines open for callers to say what they would do if they won the jackpot... Best call was "I'd give Felix Heredia 1 million bucks for each arm that he broke himself"

Almost pi$$ed my self laughing...

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