Saturday, June 20, 2009

That's the thanks I get?

There's an interesting tidbit on the back of this Ramon Martinez card.

What a great cartoon! But why would the Dodgers send down a pitcher after a shutout? I figured he probably got hurt and went to the minors for a rehab stint. I forgot that he was only a rookie at that point. The Dodgers were playing a doubleheader and just needed a pitcher for one game, and were going to send him back no matter what. His minor league manager, Kevin Kennedy, talks about that game here. To be fair, the Dodgers did have a good rotation, led by Orel Hershiser, Fernando Valuenzela and Tim Belcher. Tim Leary was coming off a career year, and Mike Morgan had a winning record.

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