Gibbons RELEASED!

I wanted this to happen, but I didn’t think it would….BUT it happened!

The Orioles finalized their roster today, releasing veteran outfielder Jay Gibbons, who had been the second longest tenured member of the club.

With the move, the Orioles are responsible for paying the $11.9 million left over two years on Gibbons’ contract. Utility infielder Scott Moore beat out Gibbons for the last roster spot.

I was not going to be able to find playing time for Jay Gibbons with the roster being what it was right here and right now,” said Orioles manager Dave Trembley. “He agreed with that. He got his release and we’re going from there.

Wow. They really are committed to rebuilding. It’s one thing to trade your two best players who make alot  of money and you get young inexpensive talent back, but its another thing to release a player and eat 11.9 million dollars. It’s refreshing to see the O’s determine a spot the roster based on talent and not by veteran status and salary. I’d been ticked if Moore (who had an awesome spring) didn’t make the team and Gibbons (who hasn’t been productive in two years) did.

MacPhail said that club owner Peter Angelos, who has always liked Gibbons since the organization plucked him from the Toronto Blue Jays organization in the 2000 Rule 5 Draft, was on board with the decision.

“I certainly talked to Peter about it as I do with all the big decisions we make,” MacPhail said. “I gave him the ramifications and what my thinking was. I hadn’t really reached any conclusions myself. I was wrestling with this one. I was really, to be honest with you, looking for some advice. His advice was, ‘You got to do what you got to do.’ Those were the last words that he left me with and I took the position of well, this is what we have to do.”

I guess if there was any doubt who’s running the show in Baltimore, there’s not anymore. Angelos has let Andy MacPhail do what he wants to do. This was a big decision for Angelos eat to almost 12 million bucks.

Gibbons is gone. Its frustrating that someone who came in here with some talent had such a disappointing stay. He had seasons in 2002, 2003, and 2005 that were productive. But after that he wasn’t able to stay healthy and there was that whole steroid thing too. His power was sapped and hitting his weight became a tough thing for him to do.

In the end, I really won’t miss Jay Gibbons. He’ll get his money and whether he plays or not again doesn’t really matter.

I don’t have many fond memories of Gibbons, I don’t mean that as a dig. It was 2006 that I started ordering MLB Extra Innings to watch the O’s, and that was when Jay Gibbons began his descent into unproductivity.

I’ll remember him for a couple things.

1. Gibbons was not a great defensive outfielder. Two years ago against the Angels when he went for a ball Vlad hit that was right on the line, he missed the ball, hit the ground in a heap, and was on the DL the better part of the season.

2. Hitting homers when it doesn’t matter. If the O’s were down 7-1 in the 8th inning against the Royals, Jay Gibbons could hit a solo homer. If if were 4-3 and 2 on and 2 out in the ninth he’d strikeout or do his signature popout. But hey, in sure losses, he could mash.

3. The first base debacle. Poor Sam Perlozzo, maybe in time we’ll look upon your tenture in a more forgiving sight. But I remember when he was going to make 1st baseman out of Javy Lopez and Jay Gibbons. The goal was admirable. There were too many catchers (Ramon was signed in the offseason) and too many outfielders. Sam wanted to make time for all players and thought ‘hey, we haven’t had a 1st baseman around these parts since Eddie Murray’ and thought out of Gibbons and Lopez, one could play 1st. In the end, neither could. Lopez was a mess and neither were pleased about having to learn a new position. In the end, Sam nixed the plan as quickly as he could. Ironically, Javy Lopez retired last Sunday and this Sunday Jay Gibbons got released.

4. Last but not least, he managed to hit his wife in the face during a game with a foul ball. He goes through slumps where he can’t hit the side of a barn with a beachball but he manages to catch his wife with a foul ball in the face.

I expect these times to at least have marginal interest in Gibbons

1. Giants (I think they’ll sign him)

2. Mariners

3. Rangers

So in the end, Gibbons’ will place in Oriole history will be along side Sammy Sosa, Luis Matos, Marty Cordova, Larry Bigbie and Darrell McDonald in the last decade of Oriole outfield medicority. Maybe if Jay would have been off the roids, things could have been different. Maybe he could have been healthy and be contributing piece to the team, but that’s not the case. Jay’s an O no more. I wish you well and maybe he’ll catch on with another team.

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3 Responses

  1. Hell Yes!!!!

  2. Hail MacPhail! It is obvious he has command of the Orioles as he builds for the future. Scott Moore is a solid part of that future and his bat, power, talent and versatility at several positions will work him into a permanent postion in the lineup before the halfway point in the season. Scott Moore. HHmmm…. there are three Os in his name…. made for the O’s. Go O’s!

  3. […] ANOTHER STEROID ABUSER GETS HIS JUST DESSERTS: Former Baltimore Oriole slugger Jay Gibbons finally got what was coming to him, just like hundreds of steroid users before him. Gibbons, who was named in the damning Mitchell Report earlier this year, was finally released by the Baltimore Orioles just before the season began. It’s a strong statement from the Orioles organization, a team that can use all the hitting help it can get. While Gibbons gave Baltimore three 20-homer seasons, his wanton use of illegal performance enhancing substances lead to three injury-plagued seasons, which surely offset whatever good the drugs did. In addition, his performance while drugged influenced the Orioles in signing him to a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract that they’re still paying for — even released, Gibbons will earn another $11 million over the next two years. Just another example of how these drugs have tricked yet another unknowing franchise into throwing away their money. If the players had any scruples at all, all current contracts would be made null and void, and each player would be signed only to a one-year deal, with next year’s salary based solely on what the player accomplished the previous year. This is how contracts used to be handled once upon a time, back when the sport was clean. Given the embarrassment that owners have had to suffer these past few years, I think it’s only fair. Which leads me to my next item… […]

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