If you’re going to go out, you might as well make sure they remember your name, yes?
Well, the Toronto Blue Jays and their fan base will certainly remember Chien-Ming Wang, but as for the lasting impression … that’s a whole different story. Coming off of a brutal 1.2-inning, seven-run outing back on June 27 to close what had been a surprisingly good debut month, his start on Tuesday could have really gone a couple of ways. Pitch well, and delay his expiration date with the team; pitch poorly, and risk being the odd man out.
Instead of going with the former, he gave the team an encore performance from his last turn.
In fact, considering that the Blue Jays were actually up 4-0 after the first inning, you’d have to say that Wang’s meltdown somehow ended up being even more spectacular than his last: seven hits, two doubles, one three-run homer to Miguel Cabrera — and all that while getting just a pair of outs over just 26 pitches.
Nah, the righty didn’t labor through the inning … because that would imply that he showed up for work at all.
And so, like all things, the partnership between the Blue Jays and the former Cy Young runner-up ended as he was DFA’d after the game. Though the swiftness of his departure should be no surprise especially given that the Blue Jays are carrying too many pitchers, how quickly he fell from the height of his pair of quality starts in the middle of June is still somewhat staggering.
At least the fans got their entertainment value in the form or three weeks of Wang puns, right?
Now, of course, there’s always the chance that this might not be a permanent goodbye should the veteran choose to accept his assignment, but I can’t really imagine the team going back to that well later in the season barring some sort of near-disaster depleting the starting rotation.
Which, I suppose, was why Toronto even got six starts worth of Chien-Ming Wang to being with, so …