In honor of Wednesday's bullpen meltdown, and all the bullpen meltdowns this year, I'm giving a shout out to a "great" reliever of the past: Wayne Gomes.
Talk about bullpen disappointment. Gomes was drafted #4 overall in 1993 out of Old Dominion University. Players chosen after Gomes in the first round: Billy Wagner, Derek Lee, Trot Nixon, Chris Carpenter, Torii Hunter, Jason Varitek. (And Scott Rolen in round 2, so not a bad job there by the Phils.)
Gomes pitched for 5 years with the Phils, and spent some time with the Giants and Red Sox. He never finished a season with an ERA less than 4.24. Gross.
Cole Hamels Likes Quacks
The following is from a mlb.com article:
Hamels said he usually visits a chiropractor twice a week when the Phillies are home, and has located a few others that he trusts while the team is on the road, such as Atlanta, Cincinnati and Chicago. But appointments are sometimes difficult to come by, and Hamels feels such lapses, caused by a majority of road games in July and August, have led to his elbow injury.
Sometimes it's tough to get [appointments] when we're traveling," he said. "When I'm at Spring Training (and at home), I go twice a week and I get a massage before I get adjusted."
With such regular maintenance, would Hamels have been on the disabled list if the team had a chiropractor on staff?
"I don't think so," he said. "I really don't. A lot of it is keeping your elbow in place. When you're using it, it can slowly slip and you develop some fluid and inflammation. When you're keeping it in place [through exercises], then when it's using that wear and tear it's actually [occurring] in the right area. In July and August, we were traveling a lot and it was very hard for me to [see one]. That's why it would be a big help if the team would get a chiropractor. That's up to them."
I don't find it reassuring that our ace has his mind and his arm health tied up in a group of chiropractors. I see this sort of thing (vague arm injury, unknown severity, unknown recovery period, etc.) being a yearly occurrence. It's not the first time. Elbow in 04, back in 05, now elbow again in 07. I wonder if a chiropractor would have prevented him braking his hand in the bar fight? As far as the Phils hiring one, they might as well just to keep Hamels' mind at ease, but why stop at a chiropractor. They should invest in voodoo dolls of the entire New York Mets team, a Native American medicine man to be team doctor, Criss Angel could be their pitching coach, Harry Potter would make a nice bench coach, and if they would just play Powerball more often, they might be able to increase payroll. And if Hamels needs Tommy John surgery, forgot Dr. James Andrews, I recommend Dr. Nick Riviera...for only $129.95!