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One Lefty Released, One Suspended

July 11, 2011

Left-handed pitcher Bobby Cramer was released by the Athletics today – he had been DFA’d on July 1st. I, for one, am unclear as to why. Cramer who made the opening day roster, did not get to play very often in Oakland this season. During his two stints with the big club, he played in just five games, totaling eight and a third innings. During his time he had a 1.08 ERA and also a solid 3.44 FIP stranding 100.0% of runners. Cramer spent much more of his year with the River Cats in Sacramento. There in his six outings (all starts) the southpaw threw 22 1/3 innings, getting 10.5 K/9 with 4.8 BB/9. He had a messy 4.03 ERA and messier 4.63 FIP in the tough pitching environment that is the Pacific Coast League. Cramer was a feel good story both last year and this, as he had given up on baseball and become a substitute teacher prior to returning to the game and making his MLB debut after beginning the year in the Mexican League last year at the older for a rookie age of 30. Given that he is left-handed I have to think someone will give him a break and knowing his story he surely isn’t one to give up when faced with adversity. In his entire Athletics career he has a 2.53 ERA and 4.95 FIP in 32 innings of 5.3 K/9, 2.0 BB/9 work. He was victimized by the home run quite a bit, allowing 1.7 HR/9 and allowing a very high 16.7% HR/FB ratio.

The other left-hander who made news in the Oakland Athletics system yesterday was Ian Krol. The 2010, A’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year was suspended for violating Oakland A’s team policy for writing an inflammatory homophobic remark on Twitter. It is easy enough to find what he wrote and we won’t republish it here, but I am happy to see that the A’s understand that their players represent the team and community and that comments such as his are not to be tolerated. He has been suspended indefinitely, which certainly sends a clear message that the team won’t tolerate intolerance. Krol has not matched his success from 2010. Injured for much of the year, he has spent this season with the AZL Athletics, making three starts. In the three starts he has only pitched five innings, walking none and striking out six while allowing no hits.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 11, 2011 6:45 pm

    It’s a ridiculous suspension

    • July 11, 2011 6:51 pm

      I think it is important that every organization be a positive influence regarding their community. While no one is perfect and everyone makes mistakes, I think this sends an important message throughout the organization that this sort of thing won’t be tolerated. You sign a contract with an MLB team, you know what they expect out of you. Something that’d land people getting fired in most workplaces to be suspended? I think that is perfectly appropriate. Hopefully he learns from this and can become a successful pitcher.

      • elmaquino permalink
        July 11, 2011 7:22 pm

        I’m not pro-gay by any stretch, but there’s a difference between just messin with somebody and going full force like Krol did.

        Gordon Beckham wrote “Getz is gay” in the dirt last week. I thought that was pretty harmless, but he got tagged for a $100k fine.

      • July 11, 2011 8:37 pm

        While I felt what Beckham did to Getz was stupid and immature and equally insensitive as what Krol tweeted. Krol’s tweet had a level of maliciousness and negative intent whereas Beckham’s lacked the intent and just was more juvenile. I just don’t get how people do these sorts of things – I am sure Oakland is not the only organization that says you should not tweet things like this yet it happens continually.

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