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Saturday, March 31, 2007

mlb.com: Kevin Mench Is a Big Baby

“I have proven I can play every day so I don’t know why I should sit for a year, get 150 at-bats, and have them take away from my livelihood.”

“I still don’t know what is going on here,” Mench said. “Early on, they said ‘it might be like this,’ but nobody has said one word to me since, so I’m basically still in the dark. I can read between the lines, I guess. But this is my sixth year in the big leagues and I think I have done enough to be told what is going on either way.

“I don’t know how Geoff [Jenkins] has handled it so well,” Mench continued. “He’s been in the same organization for nine years and they don’t tell him about what they are going to do. Leaving him in the dark is just not right. That should not be how business is done.”

Moreover, Mench is not shy about his desire to return to the Rangers. He and his wife live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Talk about winning over the fans!  I hope the Brewers forget to pack him when they leave Arlington tomorrow.
The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: March 31, 2007 at 08:57 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: March 31, 2007 at 09:43 PM (#2321395)
Somebody should tell Kevin Mench what happened to the last guy who insulted the organization. Either that or we should leak his vagina onto the internet.
   2. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: March 31, 2007 at 09:49 PM (#2321396)
This guy is just HANDING Ian Snell the title of "best player from Delaware". There's no doubt anymore.
   3. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: March 31, 2007 at 10:00 PM (#2321400)
If Kevin Mench hadn't mouthed off, I'd never have known that Delino DeShields leads all Delawareans in games. Poor Delaware: she's got five players with 80+ home runs, including three with 95+, but nobody's cracked triple digits. The first state is shamed.
   4. jamcadbury Posted: March 31, 2007 at 10:13 PM (#2321404)
Sorry Kevin, you were awful last year. Try hitting good for longer than a 7 game stretch next time.
   5. Greg Schuler Posted: March 31, 2007 at 10:48 PM (#2321409)
Kevin, Kevin, Kevin - you're not making us First Staters very proud.

As for the best player argument, don't forget John Mabry...err, maybe you can forget him.

But really, the best player living or dead has to be Judy Johnson.
   6. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 31, 2007 at 11:35 PM (#2321427)
Well, I always heard he had a big head...

His mouth's writing checks his body can't cover.
   7. Halofan Posted: March 31, 2007 at 11:50 PM (#2321435)
'roid rage - last year's shoe size debacle pegs him as a hGh poster boy as well. And he is a fat head. And a Dee Eye See Kay.
   8. unemployed Jeff Posted: April 01, 2007 at 12:09 AM (#2321447)
It would've been awesome if that was actually the article's headline.
   9. MSI Posted: April 01, 2007 at 12:13 AM (#2321450)
I hate Kevin Mench and he does have the biggest fat head and he sucks.
   10. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: April 01, 2007 at 12:25 AM (#2321456)
And he is a fat head. And a Dee Eye See Kay.

Whoa there. You sure you want to go out on that, uh, limb?
   11. Law Boy Posted: April 01, 2007 at 12:40 AM (#2321459)
Matsui rivals him for hat size.
   12. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: April 01, 2007 at 12:44 AM (#2321462)
Matsui rivals him for hat size.

Sure, when you throw in the earlobes.
   13. NTNgod Posted: April 01, 2007 at 01:35 AM (#2321474)
I noted yesterday when I saw this the difference between what Mench is saying, and what Jenkins is saying.

Now, Jenkins did carp publicly in the off-season about being platooned. However, now that the season is actually here, his public stance is:
Jenkins downplayed the situation.

"It is what is and you just have to go and do your job when you are asked to," he said. "That's it. We just have to move forward."


Mench and Wilkerson complained to each other about their playing time with the Rangers last year, so this isn't exactly new behavior.
   14. NTNgod Posted: April 01, 2007 at 02:24 AM (#2321491)
Mench's comments in Sunday's Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
"It's good to just start over from the beginning, get a fresh start in camp," Mench said. "It's always tough to start in the middle, new league and everything else.

"I feel more comfortable now. You're going at it together from Day 1. I'm as satisfied as I can be with my camp."
...
"I'm comfortable out there," he said. "We'll see what happens. Nobody has talked to me about that situation since we talked at the start of camp. If they rotate everybody through the lineup, then that's fine. You get your at-bats and stay fresh. I just want to play."

I wonder if someone took him aside between Friday's interview and Saturday's interview...
   15. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: April 01, 2007 at 03:14 AM (#2321503)
Great, so less at-bats for Corey Hart. Thanks a ton, Kev.
   16. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: April 01, 2007 at 03:16 AM (#2321505)
To be clear, I was responding to this from the above-linked article:
"I'm not running a strict platoon in left field, where one can't play in right field. That's my job, to make sure all of them get their at-bats. If you're producing, you're going to get more at-bats. It all depends on the individual."

While Mench will play in right at times, Yost said he would not move Jenkins out of left.

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