If you are a Cleveland Indians‘ fan then chances are you can’t believe that manager Terry Francona has finally pulled the plug on Chris Perez.
After nearly an entire season of incompetence, Perez has finally been yanked of his closing duties. Francona went on a Cleveland-area radio station on Friday and confirmed that the scuffling Perez would “no longer be closing games.” This is a step in the wrong direction for Perez, who has allowed 11 home runs this MLB season alone. Believe it or not; Perez was actually an All-Star in 2011 and 2012 with a combined 75 saves.
How the mighty have fallen?
Perez’ horrific outing on Thursday — four earned runs in 2/3 innings — has put him in a tough spot as he is now a long shot to even make the Indians’ playoff roster. If Francona doesn’t even trust Perez to get Cleveland to the postseason then how in the world will Cleveland’s brass justify putting the Indians’ former closer on the mound when it matters most?
Stay tuned to see if the Indians make the postseason this year, but keep an even closer eye on Perez, who could be watching baseball from home this fall.