View Full Version : Wasdin a Washout Even After Perfecto?
04-09-2003, 01:05 AM
What effect do you think it will have on his career? Will he be coming back to the majors anytime soon?
I just looked him up, and he has a 5.07 career ERA. I've got a lot of doubts that anybody's going to take a chance on him.
OTOH he's fairly similar to Esteban Yan, according to baseball-reference.com, and Yan's still throwing for the Strangers.
04-09-2003, 01:33 AM
he's still just 30, so he could make it back if the Pirates have some injuries in the back of their rotation...i doubt he'll be any good though
04-09-2003, 09:16 AM
My guess is this game is just a blip -- one of those freaks of nature, as it were, that occour every now and again. It's not a good sign that even with the dearth of pitching in the majors, "Way Back" is pitching in the minors. He's just not a major league arm.
04-09-2003, 10:06 AM
The guy has virtually no future in the bigs, but we shouldn't deny him his day in the sun for his achievement.
04-09-2003, 11:34 AM
He may be a decent 11th pitcher who can go short or long, but he's not going to be any major player in the bigs.
This smacks of the Tom Drees situation with the Sox in the 90's. They were forced, really, by public clamor, to call him up after some no hitters in Vancouver, when he was just a shade below a Steve Fireovid.
04-09-2003, 03:57 PM
For the lighter side of Wasdin, I refer to Tom Fitzgerald, sports humorist of the SF Chronicle:
[He] has been around the block a few times. The 30-year-old right-hander has pitched for Boston, Baltimore and Colorado, and last year he was with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan. This year, he signed a minor-league contract with the Pirates.
On Monday night, he showed he still has his stuff, pitching a perfect game for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds of the Pacific Coast League. In a 4-0 victory over Albuquerque, he struck out 15. Of his 100 pitches, 72 were strikes. Nice game. One nagging question: Does a perfect game against a team called the Isotopes really count?
-- After Wasdin's gem, Sounds manager Trent Jewett reminded the Nashville Tennessean how superstitious many pitchers are. "I can tell you this," he said.
"I don't know what he was wearing, but it will stink next time he pitches."
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