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Ollie Perez 2010 Season Worst Met Pitching  Since Sherman “Roadblock”  Jones Hit the Wall in 1962

Evan Pritchard

Oliver Perez’ contract in 2008 was one of the fattest in Mets history, and there was no reason to think he’d be a Hall of Famer then. His contract was a “black box derivative,”  a huge gamble in any case foisted on us by people who are now looking a lot like Bernie Madoff. The Wilpons  gave him three years (2009-10-11) for $32 million in play money, which now has become oh so real. We need to research as fans and find out if Perez is somehow related to Bernie Madoff . Now the Mets, who are “too big to fall” are in need of a bailout, not only financially but in terms of pitching. We need a miracle, someone pure and holy like Andy Pettit  to pitch for us for free if we’re going to get to the promised land.

Of course, rumors have been bandied about that I’m going to come in and be the fifth starter, but these are only rumors. I’m not saying I’m MUCH better than Ollie Perez on the mound, but I’d work $11 million a year cheaper!  Ollie now has an 18.00 ERA in spring training. Hey, I can do that!

How bad was $12 million a year Ollie Perez in 2010? Really bad. One for the ages.

To find a pitching season that bad you have to go back to 1962, the worst Mets team, and look at the worst pitcher on that team, (at least that year) Sherman  Jarvis “Roadblock”  Jones, who was promptly booted out of baseball for good before the end of the year.

image_php_302604.jpgSherman Jones; a Met to Remember

Compare their stats, Ollie from 2010 and Jones from 1962. It’s an educational experience.

In 2010 Ollie was 0-5, even worse than Jones who went 0-4.

Ollie’s ERA was 6.80, just under Jones’ whose ERA was 7.71 in ’62.

Ollie had 7 starts and 10 relief appearances, Jones had 3 starts and 5 relief appearances.

Ollie pitched 46.1 innings, Jones pitched 23.1 innings; half the innings. In 2010 Ollie got paid $259,180 per inning, more than Jones made his whole life in baseball.

Neither had any complete games, saves, shutouts or wins. But you guessed that.

Ollie gave up 54 hits, Jones only 31.

Ollie gave up 37 runs, Jones 22.

Ollie gave up 9 homers, Jones 3, one third the homers!

Ollie beaned a total of 4 batters. Jones hit only  2.

Ollie had 42 bases on balls to  37 strikeouts. Jones had 8 walks to 11 strikeouts. (in other words, in half the innings, Jones had 1/5 the walks!)

Ollie had a WHIP of 2.07. That means better than two men reached first base every single inning, which means that 19 men reached first or worse every complete game he pitched.  Jones was much better, his WHIP was 1.67, which means 15 players reached first or worse every complete game.

Ollie’s OBA  (opposing batters average) was .429, Tedd Williams level, while Jones was a  Mel Ott-like .373.

I don’t know what Jones’ salary was, but it sure wasn’t $12 million a year. The entire Mets didn’t earn $12 mill that year!

But at least Sherman Jones was a sane, normal guy. Someone you’d like to have a beer with. Someone who tried hard and just had some bad breaks (like pitching for a team hitting .240,the worst in the league!) Sherman Jones, like Ollie Perez, had some decent years when he was younger. He pitched for the Reds in the 1961 World Series against the Yankees. But when the time came, he knew when to quit. And he quit. Ollie doesn’t have the dignity to do the right thing— get out of baseball and return the money. The Mets could use that $32 mill right now.  

Sherman  Jones didn’t return the money because he didn’t have any.  After bowing out from baseball he  got an honest job as a police man, then joined the Kansas State House of Representative, and then the State Senate, not a bad showing for the son of a poor black farmer from North Carolina. He passed away on February 27, 2007 in Leavenworth, Kansas.He was a Met to Remember. Oliver Perez, on the other hand, is a Met to Forget!!!