Papelbon Blows Save, Stands By Comments

Jonathan PapelbonJonathan Papelbon blew his sixth save in 13 opportunities since mid-June in tonight’s 2-1 loss to the Giants.

He got booed pretty good coming off the field.

It’s partly because of his performance last night, partly because of his performance the past few weeks and partly because of the comments he made Sunday to MLB.com. Papelbon spoke for nearly eight minutes with reporters in the Phillies’ clubhouse afterward. Here are the highlights:

You have blown six saves. Do you have to look at yourself and figure out if something isn’t clicking?
No. Not me. I think my ball has life at the plate, which is all I really care about it. If I’m getting hit all over the ballpark with hard hit balls, I have to reassess, but after a night like tonight you just kind of chalk it up to that’s that. I felt like, honestly, I felt all of my pitches were working. I felt good. I felt strong. It was just one of those nights.

You were really hearing it from the fans, stemming from the comments you made Sunday. Do you those comments need clarity?
I think they speak for themselves. Whether I blow a game or whether I save a game, whatever is happening within the organization, I feel like I’m honest and forthcoming and I’m the same way after games like tonight. I accept things. I don’t shy away from things. That’s just the way I approach it and that’s just the way I go to work on a daily basis. I feel like that’s the best way to go about a day’s work is to just be honest with yourself and be honest with the position you’re in and not try to sugarcoat anything or trying to see something for what it’s not. That’s the way I’ve always been. I go by facts and I stand by what I say. I don’t feel like I said anything that was untrue.

Cole said he didn’t sign to lose, either. Did you get feedback from teammates? Did they say, I’m glad you said that?
No. What I say and what I do is based on seeing yourself in the mirror at the end of the day and if you’re working hard and if you’re not working hard and being real and not sugarcoating anything, I don’t think. This is the big leagues, this isn’t coach’s pitch. At the end of the day not everyone gets a trophy. You have to look yourself in the mirror and examine yourself if you’re consistently not getting the job done. You make adjustments, it’s a game of adjustments unless you don’t got to make any. It’s pretty simple, really.

Did you need to make any adjustments?
I think for me this year it’s been a constant adjustment on how to figure out how to go without pitching or pitching in tie ballgames a lot. I think for me more than anything there have been some situations that have come up that have been fairly new for me. I think for me I just try to go out there one day at a time to see how I can get better each day and not necessarily worry about struggling and whatnot.

Your strikeout numbers are down this year. (He averaged 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings from 2010-12, but is averaging just 7.78 this season.) Is there an explanation?
I think every year is different. Like I said earlier, if I was giving up a lot of home runs or giving up lots of doubles and stuff like that, I would start to make adjustments. But after tonight I just chalk it up to that’s baseball.

What about your velocity being down? (His fastball has dipped from 94.8 mph in 2011 to 93.8 mph in 2012 to 92.2 mph this season.)
I’m not going out there and trying to blow anybody away. I’m trying to get outs. That’s basically what it boils down to.

Did you talk to Ruben or Charlie about comments?
I don’t think there is anything to really hash out. Facts are facts and when you look in the mirror at the end of the day, you have to be honest with yourself.

30 Comments

He fuckin stinks!! He thinks he’s smarter than everybody else.. He’s quickly becoming a has been in the game of baseball…

Cole would have appreciated 3 outs in the 9th, Paps.

Is Papalbon in denial of his diminishing skills or what? And how exactly does entering a tie game differ from entering a game with the Phillies ahead a run or two? Doesn’t the object in either case remain to get the batter(s) out? Chalk another one up for Ruin.

Exactly my thoughts. “I think for me this year it’s been a constant adjustment on how to figure out how to go without pitching or pitching in tie ballgames a lot.” Sounds to me like he’s blaming the team for not giving him an opportunity to pitch in pure save situations. I laughed as he got booed coming off the field last night.

for all of you saying Charlie has to go-think of this, he can only play the people RAJ gies him-a 1B Who can’t hit and is on DL, a 2B with bad knees, a SS named JPOP, a 3B who is a dinasour, an OF consisting of 2 kids who still are in diapers and a drunk who can’t keep his mouth shut, a C who can’t function without his (illegal) drugs, and a closer who has 6 blown saves. To top it all off, he has a bench worse then a little league team and a farm system with no true prospects. Could any manager win with this?

Dead on, FIJ… sad to say.

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great analysis fij, nothing link a post that gets right to the point.

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It’s funny how he walks off the field like someone ran over his puppy and curses himself in the dugout, but runs his mouth to the media. What is so wrong with admitting what you REALLY feel? I guess he doesn’t care that no one has any respect for him.

Hm…that 3b who is a dinosaur actually has good numbers FIJ.

as for Paps…take your medicine, you can’t complain about how you didn’t come here to lose and then cost us a game (and 5 others) and not say at least say “yeah I admit I am part of the problem” after you blow the save! STFU.

yes, Young has decent #’s, but he’s not adding anything to the team, and we need to see if anyone is ready for next year. So far we’ve learned that Ache can’t field at all. He makes Young look like a Gold Glover

For a guy who professes up and and down about being honest – he NEVER takes any responisbility for his sub par performance. It’s always teammates who aren’t making adjustments or “that’s baseball.” It’s never on him. It’s never that his velocity’s down, and he can’t strike people out. And for the amount of money he’s getting paid – there comes a time when he should be doing things himself – not relying on his teammates fielding a grounder in the hole. And maybe he should heed his own advice and take a look in the mirror. He hasn’t because he might not like what he sees – a guy who’s still pitching like a power pitcher when his power is greatly diminished.

I was on his side through the blown saves until he made the comments. As far as I am concerned he is a joke now. He needs to accept that he has diminished capabilities and that he is part of the Phillies hard times lately.

What I especially like in Pabelbon’s parallel universe is he actually thinks he’s a stand up guy — because he goes before the media after a tough loss and blames everyone (but himself) for all the losses. He’s the RH Billy Wagner.

Clearly he needs a new mirror!!

This is 1 of the reasons MLB is losing so many fans. A guy pitches 2 maybe 3 innings a week, makes millions of dollars a year, but says he didn’t sign up for this. Baseball is a game, you get paid to go out and compete. Yet Papplebon acts like,(since Phillies arent in1st place in there didivision) its a waste of time to go out and compete, get the job done. Prima donna pitcher making millions, complaining about the team. Wish teams could cut jerks like him AND be allowed once they are cut to STOP PAYING THEM. Maybe that would get idiots like him to care about getting there job done. He’s ajoke.

Wow, his decline is even worse than I thought. If that was happening to me and my skills, I think I’d keep my mouth shut and my head down.

after watching last nights game which they lost of course, two things happened that i do not understand. 1. why insert a player into the game when you need to play catch up who is hitting .092. 2. why send a player up to the plate to pinch hit when you know he has a 95 percent chance of striking out. just does not make any sense to me, if someone has an answer please clue me in.

martinez and nix both played in the 5=4 loss today, with the usual results. read my post from this sat. morning and you will see i am right on the money as usual. how come i can see this and that manuel cannot

Watching games of late makes me long for the in-fighting of Chris James, Von Hayes and Rick Schu circa 1989 as they each tried to be Schmidt’s replacement at the hot corner. At least their was some passion there and good stories! LOL This current team is so lost it isn’t even funny. At least in the late 80’s and 90’s they were somewhat exciting to watch, this is just emotionless dribble of late. As far as Paps comments, if you take out his own suckiness he is spot on in what he said. I can’t fault him for speaking his mind which in this case rings true. Maybe the embarrassment of watching 1000’s of fans walk out before the home 9th on national tv sparks something happening. I doubt it though…

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