In the old days of Vaudeville, if a performer was bombing on stage, a hook would appear from the side and said performer would be physically and somewhat violently pulled off the stage.
The Philadelphia Phillies need to resurrect that hook for veteran starter Kyle Kendrick before he makes his next scheduled appearance for the team on Tuesday in a start against the Houston Astros. Send him out there in the first inning and if he gets roughed up like he usually does, send manager Ryne Sandberg to the mound with a big hook to symbolize Kendrick’s last appearance with the team.
Better yet, do not even attempt to send him out there in the first place. No one has bombed more on the baseball stage than Kendrick.
Really, do Phillies fans need to see any more of Kendrick? His last start was an 11-2 loss to the New York Mets. In his three prior starts before that, he lost two — an 8-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves and a 10-3 loss to the Washington Nationals. For the year, he has a 5-11 record with a 4.92 ERA.
In a year where fans need to see heads roll for poor performance — just to show that the organization cares — Kendrick should be shown the guillotine first. It’s not like the Phillies do not have other options. Sitting in Triple A Lehigh Valley is former All-Star Jason Marquis who, unlike Kendrick, actually has performed well in his short time with the organization. In four games since signing a minor-league contract with the Phillies, Marquis is 1-0 with a 2.22 ERA.
Part of the reason that there is malaise in the clubhouse right now is because the veterans know they can go through the motions without having any repercussions for poor performance. Cutting Kendrick and bringing up Marquis now would send a ripple throughout the clubhouse that those days are over.
Or management can simply tell the fans they do not care by letting him make the start.