Every time Kyle Lohse pitches well for the Cincinnati Reds, there's more clamoring for the Twins to be called out for trading away someone who could be helping their playoff cause. Lohse's numbers admittedly do look nice: A 1.65 ERA in five games with 26 strikeouts and just six walks in 271/3 innings. And who knew he could have served Ron Gardenhire's piranhas as a pinch hitter?
Those with short-term memory issues take note.
Lohse beat the Twins in arbitration two years in a row despite going 9-13 in both 2004 and 2005.
It was Lohse who pounded Gardenhire's door after being removed from a game late last year.
Gardenhire tried to reach common ground with Lohse. The two played golf together during spring training this year, and everything seemed fine. But Lohse twice broke rules by not remaining in the dugout after being pulled from games, and his "Can somebody make a play?" comment in Detroit after Michael Cuddyer made a valiant diving effort but came up empty was flat out wrong.
Leaving early, yelling at teammates, a 2-5 record and 7.07 ERA after a couple 9-13 seasons?
Lohse had to go, even if he still has plenty of friends on the team. So now he's in the National League, the equivalent this year of the AHL, the ABA and the CFL.
Lohse was traded to the Cincinnati Twins, er, Reds on July 31 for minor league pitcher Zach Ward. Honestly, Lohse should have been traded before the season, which the club considered at the time, or before the 2005 trade deadline, which the club also considered at the time.
Heck, in classic hindsight, Lohse should have been dealt to Pittsburgh when the Twins were interested in Jason Schmidt before he was dealt to San Francisco in 2001.