Monday, June 16, 2008
See ya, Sidney
The struggling Texas Rangers - 7.5 games back in the A.L. West - cut ties with starter Sidney Ponson Monday, despite his 4-1 record and 3.88 ERA in what is arguably the worst starting rotation in the majors.
The reason? Bad attitude. Jon Daniels, Rangers GM, said they rid themselves of Ponson because he was "disrespecting teammates and club personnel."
With some airlines pondering charging customers by weight to alleviate increased costs from fuel prices, this is a logical cost-cutting move for the Rangers organization.
Although Ponson was knighted in Aruba, someone must've forgotten to tell him he still has to play by the rules in America.
With the Yankees reportedly losing Chien-Ming Wang for 10+ weeks, and likely the rest of the season, could Sir Sidney possibly return to The Bronx, where he made a brief appearance in 2006? He sported a Bad Baseball-esque 10.47 ERA in 3 starts (5 total appearances), so it certainly won't cost much to bring him back.