Entering his 15th year in the Major Leagues, starting pitcher Carl Pavano has had his share of bad luck through a vast array of injuries but has always managed to stay employed. And his pain and suffering has not been just your everyday more common ailments, but bizarre and freakish ones that continued to sideline him throughout his career.
He got his start in professional ball when he was selected in the 13th round of the 1994 amateur draft by the Boston Red Sox. In one of the Red Sox’ more famous trades, Pavano, along with Tony Armas Jr. were dealt to the then Montreal Expos for one Pedro Martinez. He made his debut on May 23, 1998 and went on to pitch for 4 1/2 seasons with the Expos, ending up with a dismal record of 24-35 in only 78 starts. His ERA was a meager 4.83. The only memorable thing that he did in 1998 was give up home run number 70 to a juiced up Mark McGwire.
In mid-season of 2002, he was traded to the Florida Marlins and it was there that the onset of his injury plagued career began. After the Marlins won the World Series in 2003, Pavano went on to have his best season in the majors in ’04 when he went 18-8 with a 3.00 ERA. It was off of that performance that the Yankees decided to sign him to a four year $39.95 million dollar contract, which, as it turned out, was one of the worst deals that the Bombers ever made. It rivaled the disastrous trade of SP Ed Whitson from the San Diego Padres back in the 80’s.. one of the worst in Yankee history, but that’s another story.
Amazingly, Boston, Cleveland, and Cincinnati actually offered Pavano bigger deals but he decided to accept the Yankees offer feeling that he would have a better opportunity to get to the Post Season in New York. And then the barrage of injuries began to overcome Pavano and further frustrate Yankee management as well as the fans. In June of 2005 he injured his right shoulder and went on the DL. He finished that season making only 17 starts and finishing 4-6 with a 4.77 ERA.
In 2006 he began the season by injuring his buttocks in Spring Training. He remained on the DL and only made a few minor leagues starts before returning to the DL in August when he broke 2 ribs in an automobile accident. He did not make one start in the majors in 2006. After he was named as the starting pitcher opening up the 2007 season (Chien-Ming Wang had injured his right hamstring), our man Pavano once again returned to the DL on April 15th with what was described as an “elbow strain”. On May 23, 2007, it was reported that Pavano would opt for Tommy John Surgery in his elbow.
He wouldn’t make his next start until August of 2008. On September 14th, after allowing just three earned runs over six innings, and after a visit from Joe Giradi, Pavano walked off the field with what was a left hip injury. He was greeted by a chorus of boos from the Stadium fans.
He was traded to Cleveland in 2009, and then to the Twins where he remains to this day. He is back in the news once again as earlier this week Pavano damaged his Spleen while shoveling snow outside his Vermont home. He will remain out, for what has been reported, 6-8 weeks. And the hits just keep on coming…
Point is he has had a great deal of financial success over his career, amassing over $50 million in salaries (not including incentives) over his 14 year career; one that has seen him win just 108 games or about an average of 8 games a season, while losing 107 with a career 4.39 ERA. Injuries notwithstanding, he has always been employed even with his long history of injuries which begs the question, ” Why?” Just lucky I guess…
Now let’s see over those ensuing years how much ($71,562,000 – career earnings) money has Pavano earned over the timeframe in question ? Pity him ? No ! This is the idiocy of the game , merely paying a guy who’s body of work at best has been way below average .
And look at the Yankees with A Roid , he’s likely to be lost to the team for the year having to undergo hip surgery . All as#holes are of the opinion that the surgery is merely a malady . Try degenerative bone disease because of his misuse of PED’s .
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How can I have pity for a below average major league pitcher who has averagedvjust under 9 wins a season fot the past 14 yrs whille rakingin an obscene anount of money from four different teams?
You can chalk this up to the idiot general managers who show about as common sense as a member of Congress . And Pavano’s stats are mediocre to say the very least . The Twins won’t be going anywhere anytime soon as that’s a franchise that remains completely clueless .
They’ve no chance of contending for the AL Central this season .
If the G.M.’s are idiots what does that make the ‘clueless’ owners?
I cannot stand this guy. Oh my God, when we played the Twins in the postseason a few years back and the announcers were talking up the idea of Pavano getting ‘revenge’ on his former team? I was like….revenge? The Yankees paid him forty million to polish the bench with his ass. Disgusting. And thanks for that Fleer baseball card pose of Ed “Crash Test Dummie” Whitson. If only Billy Martin would’ve been alive to kick the crap out of Pavano….
And if you remember, even the pitchers on the Yankees were not too thrilled with The Idle either. Mike Mussina was the most outspoken about his lack of effort.
As for Fast Eddie, he was supposed to be the second coming of Whitey Ford and instead he more like a Ford Edsel! Took the dough but claimed he couldn’t handle the Big Apple…
It’s not just the owners , Bud Selig this year is on course to earn $24,5 million for doing what , might I ask ? By comparison the top salaried players the game .
MLB owners are like the front office executives , simply too dumb for their own good . We have a laughable situation here in the Tampa area with the ownership belly aching about a new stadium but not having the money to even in part , pay for the venue , so they are hoping for either Pinellas or Hillsborough County to pay for a $600 million structure . Both county governments are cash strapped and yet their anally retentive fans believe that they can afford to build that venue.
I am not too familiar with the stadium in Tampa (except when I see a Yankees/Rays game on TV). Is it in that desperate need of being replaced? I never see too many people at their games either aand they usually seems to be a large contingent of Yankees fans when they both play..
As for Bud Selig, he ought to be arrested for stealing…
The only time there is anywhere a full capacity for a Rays’ game at Tropicana Field is either when the Red Sox or Yankees come visiting . Then and only then, is there likely to be anywhere near 35 ,000 fans filling the venue .
With the Rays meager payroll and the fact that they are in the AL East , and makes it all the more difficult for the franchise to remain truly competitive . Their task won’t be made any easier this season with the continued strength of the Yankees , a resurgent Orioles’ team and the ever present Red Sox , who I believe will be vastly improved with John Farrell as their new manager !
I’m sure that Bud Selig , and his $25 million this season , will be put to good use ! His retirement as far as I am concerned can’t come around quick enough ! Both he and David Stern of the NBA are supposed to step down , next season . Both have been in their respective positions , for more than two decades , but they have ill served the fans and the public at large .
Bud Selig has put the ” nail in the coffin ” as to the Rays ever hosting an All Star Game , and over the years he has repeatedly berated the ownership and local and state politicians for not funding a new venue . Selig , forever remains a pompous a#shole , who has never done anything to benefit the game without seeking to be front and center of it all !
But how (and why) has he insisted the Rays seek a new stadium when they can’t fill up (even halfway) the already existing one? Doesn’t seem logical..
Nothing that franchise (Rays) has done in recent months has been logical . They trade away Shields and Davis to the Royals . And fans in the locale are insisting that the pitching staff this season will be better than last season . LOL,LOL,LOL !!!
That is why I’m a Braves’ fan , we’re more knowledgeable about our team and definitely not fair weather fans .
Your thoughts on the latest A Rod allegations ?
You’re right about the Atlanta Braves fans. I know some and they are extrememly passionate about their team!
As for A-Rod, two things briefly:
1. Figures he would be in the news just days before the biggest fotball game of the year!
2. He’s been cheating since 2000. He’s as guilty as sin in my eyes and frankly I’m tired of hearing his name, listening to his lies, and seeing his picture in the paper every week. He couldn’t retire quick enough for me…I hope the Yankees find that loophole and rid themselves of this self-centered, egotistical, and certifiable loser!
The lease on Tropicana Field in St Petersburg doesn’t expire until 2027 . The Rays’ ownership has no wish to break that lease as they simply do not have the resources to pay the financial penalties that would be incurred . As it is , they struggle to make a profit without an assist being provided to them by way of the league’s tax sharing revenue scheme .
If at all interested let me know what you think ? Merely click unto the links shown to view .
Doesn’t every team share in the television revenues?
The teams do share but it’s predicated on a formulae worked by the league and the payout is not the same (equitable for all) in terms of the tax sharing revenues . Teams with a payroll in excess of $110 million have to pay a taxed surcharge of anywhere between 15-25 % which is then disbursed to small market teams . Disbursements made to the teams made via the league’s revenues are done on a pro rata basis.
The likes of the Red Sox and Yankees who have their own cable broadcast outlets ( YES Network – Yankees & NESN Network – Red Sox ) take in millions, and the revenues derived there , they are not required to share those with the rest of the teams within baseball as it is considered to be part of their in-house baseball operations . Furthermore, they can also choose to legally use the broadcast operations as a tax write off , when they haven posted heavy losses .
$110 million .
The whole A Rod situation has now become a joke and the fact that the hierarchy doesn’t seem to be yet taking it seriously does create the perception that they are completely out of their depth . This is now the second time since the Yankees’ player came forward with his less than contrite admission of guilt where his name has come up with regard to another steroid investigation . The real issue will be , how and when the Yankees go about seeking to void his contract, which apparently does have a morals’ clause actually written into it , With the player (A Rod) standing to lose $114 million on the remainder of that contract . Is it , any wonder he’s denying culpability ?
No, it’s not! Arod’s legacy will, unfortunately for him, not be about his Home runs and RBI’s but about his involement and connection with PED.
The Yankees will be better off without this broken down shell of a player. That $114 million could be put to better use…
No matter what A Rod now tries to do or suggest , he can never get over the stain on his career and the fact for the second time in three years he has caused a great deal of embarrassment to the Yankees’ organization .
Fictional character or not A Rod has more in common with Pinocchio , than he would really care to admit . Rodriguez is an immature pi$$ ant , and he lied then, and he is lying now . Six months after this confession , his name with another Florida medical professional (Dr Anthony Galea) who’s now incarcerated for money laundering and the distribution of opiates and PED’s . And the substances he claimed he took as an OTC substance that came from DR and Puerto Rico was already illegal under their laws .
He (A Rod ) and Pinocchio can’t handle the truth . LOL,LOL !!
Great comment Alan! Nice touch with the vids…The thing is that even with the roids over the past few years it has done nothing to bolster his performance on the field. What a waste!
How crazy is it that over the course of his career A Rod will have earned in excess of $500 million (half a billion dollars [$500,00,000]) , if this current contract is honored ?
That’s more than the GDP of a small third world country .
It’s called “shrinkage ” in terms of his b> “nads (gonads) and his brains .