Why would a pitcher with a .521 winning percentage (101-93) and a 4.71 career ERA in 13 big-league seasons be stuck in triple-A Albuquerque? Shawn Estes sure doesn’t understand. Estes, an embodiment of left-handed mediocrity, has “retired from triple-A” as of a few days ago because he believes he should be pitching at the major league level. He was 3-4 with a 3.07 ERA with the Isotopes before peace-ing out.
The guy HAS pitched 13 seasons in the bigs and made a crap-ton of money doing it. But that and $8.50 will get him a coffee from Starbucks. It sure as hell doesn’t mean he’s too good for the minor leagues. He’s Shawn Estes, for fuck’s sake. Maybe Ron Villone, Dave Fleming, Jeff Fassero, and Glendon Rusch can remind him of what level of pitcher he is.
Albuquerque is the Doders’ triple-A affiliate, and LA just happens to be the best team in baseball at the moment, so I can’t imagine why they wouldn’t need Shawn Estes on their pitching staff. I mean, the guy’s career numbers are just so good and he doesn’t even have a recent history of major arm injury that could scare teams away. Oh right, his statistics are average at best and he missed the entire 2007 season after having Tommy John surgery.
Maybe he just really, really wanted to pitch for the Dodgers, since that’s the only NL West team he hasn’t taken the mound for.
Worst of all, Estes’ agent forgot to put a clause in his contract with the Dodgers that would allow him to be released if he wasn’t called up by a certain date. Then again, Estes didn’t think he’d need it, saying, “I didn’t feel I was ever going to pitch in Triple-A.” Good call, dude.
I mean, yeah, why WOULDN’T the Dodgers, who have one of the best rotations in the league, want to keep Shawn Estes as a fifth starter/dead weight for half a season before designating him for assignment? Hey Shawn, you’re ageing and aren’t that good to begin with. Deal with it. Shit, how about just starting to pitch better? Your point would be a lot stronger if you weren’t under .500 in triple-A this year.
$5 says he’s a Padre by the All-Star Break.