Thursday, September 6, 2012
Chris Perez Going Off Again
Indians closer Chris Perez has been vocal all season long about his team, his city and most recently, his front office.
Perez brought up a reason to the media that separates the Indians from other teams in the league, specifically the Tigers.
“Different owners,” Perez said “It comes down to that. They (the Tigers) are spending money. He (Indians' owner Mike Ilitch) wants to win. Even when the economy was down (in Detroit), he spent money. He’s got a team to show for it. You get what you pay for in baseball. Sometimes you don’t. But most of the time you do.
“You can’t miss,” Perez said. “You have to be right. That’s why I say it’s not just ownership. They don’t make the trades. It’s the GMs. It goes hand in hand. The GMs can only spend the money the owners give them, but they pick who they spend it on or who they don’t. They pick. The owners don’t pick. Josh Willingham would look great in this lineup. They didn’t want to (pony) up for that last year. That’s the decision they make, and this is the bed we’re laying in.”
Perez continues to rub people the wrong way and by doing so, he's making some good points. The Indians have made several poor moves over the years, acquiring a sputtering Ubaldo Jimenez, dumping CC Sabathia, Cliff Lee and Victor Martinez which have added up to zero winning season in the past five years.
Earlier in the season, Perez ripped into the hometown fans for not supporting the team when they were on top of the division, pointing out that Oakland was out-drawing them night after night. Oakland, a fellow small-market ball club, has not had the fan base, but has made the moves, dumping big name players, but getting good young talent in return, giving themselves the ability to have a season like they're having right now.
So when the Tribe was good, they had no fans, and now that they're bad again, well, no surprise there. Perez has converted 34 of 38 saves this season, which means he has needed to save over half of the Indians' wins on the season, so if he's trying to talk his way onto a winning franchise, he's doing a damn good job.