Why is Pete Mackanin thinking that Jeanmar Gomez is some $100M contract closer?
Pete Mackanin went out of his way to hang Jeanmar Gomez out in the wind the other day after he almost gave up the lead on Opening Day, he publicly spoke out about him to the press after the win which was odd in itself. But let's back up a little bit. Jeanmar Gomez was never a closer in his long career in baseball until he was signed by the Phillies in 2015 and then in 2016, when multi-million dollar ball player Jonathan Papelbon was gone from the team, he suddenly found himself with the job after Phillies manager, Pete Mackanin started going with him as his closer when the team didn't have anyone else to suit the role.
Jeamar's career numbers:
|8 Yr||8 Yr||8 Yr||24||26||.480||4.28||257||46||109||0||0||39|
|NL (||NL (||NL (||10||10||.500||3.63||215||8||108||0||0||39|
|AL (||AL (||AL (||14||16||.467||5.18||42||38||1||0||0||0|
What ever made Pete Mackanin thing that Jeanmar Gomez was one of the elite closers in baseball? The Phillies worked the daylights out of him in 2016, he appeared in 70 games and he saved 37 games for the Phillies. The team has a bullpen this season that still really doesn't have a guy that legitimately should get the job as 'the closer'. Gomez only got the job out of committee last season, if you ask me this is Mackanin's fault.
I read the headlines in the Philly papers that will make print tomorrow, it says "Phillies may make a change" - a change to what? Go out and find a legitimate closer, which should have been done a long time ago?
This whole process has been very unfair to Jeanmar Gomez, even today with his blown save, the team rallied for a win. Even well seasoned closers such as Papelbon has had that happen to him more than a few times. But all of a sudden Mackanin sounds like he is upset at someone who shouldn't really be closing games in the first place?
I don't think so, Pete, this is your fault!
That is squarely on Mackanin, just as earlier this week. It was a wholly irresponsible decision to name Gomez closer. #GoPhils #PhilliesTalk— 🇺🇸Matt Veasey⚾️ (@MatthewVeasey) April 9, 2017
Phillies blogger and my guest co-host on the last Phillies Talk tweeted this out right after the game, and he is absolutely correct.