So Joel Pineiro is all in a huff about not being included in Puerto Rico’s three man rotation for the WBC. Instead of sucking it up and pitching out of the bullpen for his homeland, he is taking his ball and going home. Adding to the drama, Jose Oquendo is PR’s manager.
“I was very disappointed, very heartbroken. I felt disrespected,” Pineiro said prior to this morning’s workout at Roger Dean Stadium. “Everybody knows that there have been only two pitchers in Puerto Rico the past 8-10 years who have been consistent starters, Javier Vazquez and myself. To hear that from [Oquendo], it was such a setback. I’m very disappointed. I can’t believe I’m talking to you guys about this.”
Whoa,buddy. First of all, I’m not sure there is such a thing as a consistent starter from Puerto Rico considering who made the team in your stead. Secondly, the only thing consistent about the last 5 years of Joel Pineiro is that he’s been one of the worst starters in all of baseball.
Sanchez: 2008 4.52, 2007 4.95.
Snell: 08 5.58, 07 4.37.
Pineiro: 08 5.24, 07 4.86, 06 6.14
As I said, I’m not sure there is such a thing as a consistent SP from Puerto Rico, but I’d rather take my chances with Jonathan Sanchez and Ian Snell, too.