He threw 47 innings in the minors last year, had a 1.47 ERA and a K/BB of 47/12.
That's really all you need to know about what those mean.
Things like claiming that his lack of performance was due to him getting busted from PED's, get people upset.
Maybe it was the 14 or so posts in about a half hour span constantly magnifying everything Volquez did wrong during the first 2 innings, that got people upset.
"Today was the byproduct of us thinking we can come back from anything." - Joey Votto after blowing a 10-1 lead and holding on for the 12-11 win on 8/25/2010.
The A's and Yanks gave up on a guy you have as your avatar at about the same number of innings thrown in his career too. Numbers are kinda similar too. Just food for thought.
Fact is, he was caught using PEDs. That concerns me. I wonder if he was on them during the only good year he's had during his professional career. I wish Volquez was never busted for PEDs. But doesn't mean I am going to crawl under a rock and never talk about it ... especially with fellow Reds fans. It's no minor detail, IMO. Perhaps you disagree.
"Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."
And I wouldn't say the A's "gave up" on Rijo. I liked the trade at the time, but I remember there were some Reds fans that were not a big fan of it b/c of what we gave up.
Saw many, many posts I wanted to respond to, but reds44 pretty much nailed it.
Eric Stratton, Rush Chairman. Damn glad to meet ya.
Why do people keep bringing up the fact we traded Josh Hamilton for him? It doesn't matter anymore. It has no effect on how good or bad of a pitcher he is. The GM who made the trade got fired, what do you want?