Ron Costello

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Does This Make Sense?

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears. I come to bury Kendrick, not to praise him. 

The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones. So let it be with Kendrick. The noble Junior hath told you Kendrick was ambitious, if it were so, it was a grievous fault.

But who was it that had more wins last season, the kicked out Kendrick, or the can't trade anywhere Cole Hamels? It is so that Kendrick was 10-13 and Hamels, 9-9.

For Junior is an honorable man; so are they all, all honorable men.

And Junior will never deny, as the cock calls twice, that Kendrick in his 8 seasons with the Phillies, won 10 games each season but two — the two when he-ith was jerked back and forth from the bullpen to the rotation.

He pitched his heart out for the Phillies and yes, was often good, bad, and mediocre, and sometimes all in the same game. The evil that men do is remembered after their deaths, but the good is often buried with them.

Kendrick's overall Phillies' record: 74-68. His ERA: 4.42 — he gave up a ton of hits and home runs. If that's true, it's a serious fault, and Kendrick has paid seriously for it.

But Junior says he was ambitious, and Junior is an honorable man. I speak not to disprove what Junior spoke; but here I am to speak what I do know.

Kendrick was an "inning eater" in every sense of the word. He's 31st on the Phillies' innings pitched list — 1138.2 That's a whole lot of 'em. His 186 starts ranks him 14th in Phillies' history and his 74 wins puts him 22nd on the Phillies' all-time win list.

Nice young man who never rushed from the locker room, even with a hot lookin' wife at home. He was a good spirit in the clubhouse, too, and never caused interference, like the Brutis Papelbon.

You saw that from day one, when the loyal and oft speaking Charlie thrice presented him with a kingly crown. Which he did thrice refused. Was this ambition? Yet Junior says he was ambitious. And no question, Junior is an honorable man.

So honorable, that he signs the much traveled Aaron Harang. Says, Junior, "Aaron brings a wealth of experience and durability to our rotation."

You can say that again!

And sure, he is an honorable man. I speak not to disprove what Junior spoke; but here I am to speak what I do know.

Kendrick is 30. Harang is 36, and has pitched for Oakland, Cincinnati, San Diego, the Dodgers, Seattle, the Mets and the Braves. He'll be pitching for his third team in thrice years in the same division. Last season for Atlanta, he was 14-14 with a 3.57 ERA in 33 starts. And like Kendrick, pitched a lot of 'em.

Now I'm not saying Kendrick is Hall of Fame bound, and I'm not saying he'll ever be a rotation one or two. Even a three. But I am asking, why did the honorable Junior let Kendrick walk and then sign journeyman Aaron Harang to replace him?

Junior gave Harang one year for $5 million; Colorado gave Kendrick one year for $5.5 million.

But yesterday the word of Junior might have stood against the world. Now lies he there, and none so poor to do him reverence.

I have o'ershot myself to tell you of it; I fear I wronged the honorable men, whose daggers have pushed Kendrick out the door, I do fear it!

And cast him aside for naught, as honorable men sometimes do.

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