Ichiro Is the Selfish One?
I know you’ve probably all seen Larry Stone’s piece where he talks to J.J. Putz, and Putz makes no bones about the fact that he doesn’t think Ichiro is a team guy. You’ve heard this criticism of Ichiro before – all about himself, all about the numbers, that kind of stuff.
Well, check out these quotes from Miguel Batista when talking to John Hickey yesterday:
“You don’t pay a guy $9 million to pitch middle relief,” he said Sunday, aware that he’s the second highest-paid pitcher on the team. “Well, maybe the Yankees do. My concern is to stay healthy and help the team and we will find some neutral ground.”
“I know we have kids here who have to pitch,” he said. “But if I don’t pitch here next year, I’m going to pitch somewhere. So I need numbers (either wins or saves). So for me, I’ve either got to close or to start.”
There’s a perception that Ichiro is all about gathering personal accomplishments at the expense of the team. Miguel Batista outright says that he’s putting his own statistics ahead of what’s best for the team. Think we’ll see any “Miguel Batista is a clubhouse cancer” stories?