Myers Won't Be Back in 2010


Thumbnail image for myers closer.jpgBrett Myers
will not be back with the Phillies in 2010.

He said this afternoon that Ruben Amaro Jr. informed him that he would not be re-signed. Myers, who the Phillies drafted in the first round of the 1999 First-Year Player Draft, said he first saw it coming when the Phillies acquired left-hander Cliff Lee in July and when he rarely pitched in the postseason. But he also knew with the salaries the Phillies already had committed that he was unlikely to return.

“Kenny Powers is officially a free agent,” he joked in a telephone interview.

Myers went 73-63 with a 4.40 ERA in 240 games (183) starts in his Phillies career. He went 4-3 with a 4.84 ERA this season, which was derailed in May with an injured right hip that required surgery in June. Myers rejoined the team in September as a relief pitcher, but strained his right latissimus dorsi muscle that sidelined him for a couple more weeks.

“I’ll be fine,” Myers said. “I’ve got friends and family up here, but there’s always a time when change has to happen. If I don’t fit their plans that’s fine with me. There’s nothing I can do about it. I can’t sit here and be sad about it. It’s been great playing here. I’ve had ups and downs here. It’s always tough when you have to leave your family behind, and I consider the Phillies family. I’ve been with them for 10 years. But like I said, there’s always a time when you want to go.”

“We decided to go in a different direction,” Amaro said.

Myers said he would have been willing to sign a one-year, incentive laden deal to remain with the Phillies, but the Phillies weren’t interested. He also said he has no preference regarding starting or relieving with his new team. He said he would like to pitch closer to his Jacksonville, Fla., home. If he starts, he would like to start in the National League. If he is a reliever, he would pitch in either league.

“I just need to keep pitching and be myself,” he said. “There’s nothing I can change about myself and there’s nothing I’m going to change about myself. It’s me. It’s who I am. I’m going to compete just as hard for another team. If I come across the Phillies, I’m going to try to make it hell on them. I’ve got friends on my time, but cross that white line and it’s game on, you know?”

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The Phillies have contacted Chan Ho Park‘s agent about returning. … The Phillies will wait for results on Scott Eyre‘s elbow surgery before they decide whether or not they want to bring him back. … If Matt Stairs is back in 2010 at all, it will be on a Minor League deal.

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I never cared for him much as a person, but as a pitcher I know he was always at 100% effort and his willingness to go to the minors showed how much he cared about both the team and himself.
He was on the mound for the division clincher in 2007. Without him being able to turn himself into a decent closer, they might not have won.
But to me, he’ll always be one of those guys who never quite achieved the greatness we expected of him. At one point, they called him an “ace” but I never saw it. I suppose he’ll help somebody next year. As long as it’s in the AL.

I guess not real surprising. The Phils don’t tend to sign players available for free-agency, unless they’re at the top of their game. I did think they might try and see how he did after his surgery, though. Not a good test, for as little work as he got, at the end of the season.

He was willing to sign a one-year incentive laden contract? No sh*t, that’s all he’s going to get from anybody.
Thanks for the memories Brett, especially last year. The post-season plate appearances against the Brewers and Dodgers will never be forgotten. I was at the CC Sabathia game and that was one of the most amazing at-bats I’ve ever seen.

I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. Bye bye Brett. It’s true that you helped us win the Championship, and for that I thank you. But, it doesn’t change that fact that you are an immature punk and I’m just happy that I don’t have to root for you anymore. Later.

Despite his personal issues, I’m sorry to see him go. He was a stone competitor on the mound (and at bat) and for that alone, I wish him success with his next team.
I guess Cole will have to drive in with Chase now since he lost his car pool buddy.

I am sorry to see Brett go…he was always very nice the few times I got to talk to him and you can tell he gives it 100% every time out, even if the results were not what he wanted. I wish him well wherever he lands :O)

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

Several observations: Amaro stating that the Phillies are going in a different direction doesn’t bode well for Pedro Feliz. It may be lip service but it may be a statement as to who is in charge. Amaro may be sending a message to Feliz that he can stay with the Phillies but not for $5 million. The similarities between the careers of Myers and Hamels are uncanny. Other than Hamels stellar post season in 2008, there is no indication that his career will amount to anything more than Myers up to this point. Sure this past season was maybe a mere blip in a distinguished career for Hamels but unless there is a turn around it may also presage the old “change of scenery” situation.

Can someone please tell me who “Kenny Powers” is? LOL!
And don’t forget to vote for MLB’s “This Year in Baseball” awards. A few Phillies moments. Including, under *oddites*……The game where the little girl threw the foul ball back. I’m sure you’ve all seen it. It was covered, adnauseam, by all the local & national media. LOL! But I was at that game, and sitting not far away from the family. It was priceless! Anyway, here’s the link to vote……

http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/mlb/awards/y2009/tyib/index.jsp

norma: I think we’re on the same game plan. Waiting to get the bill in a few days. Ugh.

Brett Myers won 73 games as a Phillie and saved another 21. Without splitting hairs about the relative merit of a win versus a save the bottom line is that each positive outcome for the Phillies cost in excess of $320,000 each. I know it is dirty work but someone has to due it. Back in late 1970s Mike Schmidt began to sign multi-year contracts beginning at $65ok and going to about $850k and I remember thinking about how this comes out to about $3ok for the average working career of approx. 30 years. This was only considering the first year of Schmidt’s contract. After three years it projected out to over $90k for a 30 year working career. I was willing to accept that baseball skills do not last that long and conceded the disparity between a baseball player and the normal working stiff. I am sure the average working stiff now makes less than $50k per year. The last time I looked the average baseball salary was $1.2 million per year. In effect, the average baseball player took about two and one-half years to earn what the average working stiff earns in an entire career. Something is not right about this picture. As an aside, I should mention that the MLB pension fund came under IRS scrutiny because it was over funded. Mid-range players today will draw pensions in excess of what Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays earned in their primes. Again, something is not right about this picture.

muleman…….Plan A? I really need to get my deposit in! Maybe we can meet up for a beer before a game.

No more Myers? That blows. I’ll miss you Brett!

Kenny Powers = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastbound_%26_Down

Haven’t seen it yet, but I hear it’s really funny. I recall seeing the lead character in Drillbit Taylor and Tropic Thunder. Yeah, he kinda looks like Brett Myers.

Jonah
http://jonah77.mlblogs.com

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