The fear is there, but is it any worse than the embarrassment?
The fear is the Mets will cut loose Oliver Perez and he’ll find out what ails him under another pitching coach – maybe worse, it might be somebody in the NL East or The Jacket.
But, is that any worse than the embarrassment of watching Perez make a mockery of the concept of teamwork and force the Mets to play with what is a 24-man roster because of his refusal to accept repeated requests to go to the minor leagues to attempt to iron out his problems?
I would love to see the Mets attempt to suspend Perez for his selfishness for his unwillingness to make himself better, and label it conduct detrimental to the team. If an athlete doesn’t condition himself, doesn’t work out, then the team has some recourse. How is this not the same? How is refusing to go where you’ll get work different?
Doesn’t the major league contract also stipulate a player must do everything possible to put himself in a position to perform?
Legally, I don’t know. I think it sounds good, but I really don’t know. I do know the MLBPA usually doesn’t lose these skirmishes. But, the willingness to challenge would be refreshing. And, perhaps Perez might get a clue.
If not, then that anonymous Met who said, “it is time to cut bait,’’ is right. It is time to get rid of Perez, cut loose the selfish lefthander and take the chance he signs with somebody else.
But, he’s failed with the Padres, with the Pirates and now the Mets. The odds are good that this is as good as it gets for the Mets.
Get rid of Perez. Get rid of him now.