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Pitcher Chris Capuano signs with New York Mets

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Just a short observation today, folks . . . a few days ago, left-handed pitcher Chris Capuano signed a one-year contract with the New York Mets for what’s been reported as $1.3 million dollars.  He’s expected to be given a chance to make the starting rotation, which is the main reason Capuano didn’t re-sign with the Milwaukee Brewers.

I’ve written a few blogs about Capuano in the past; I admire him greatly.  He has an outstanding work ethic.  He is a very smart man, having a degree from Duke University and being his high school valedictorian before that, and he’s used his combination of intelligence, athleticism and toughness to come back from not one, but two “Tommy John” ligament replacement surgeries.

It’ll be difficult to see Capuano in a different uniform, but I understand his position.   He’s best off as a starter; that’s what he’s good at.  And the Brewers would not even give him the opportunity to make the team as a starter — I guess they feel Chris Narveson (also a left-hander) was a better bet, though I’d highly disagree — which would upset me if I were Capuano, too.

I plan on continuing to follow along with Capuano’s career; as I have said here many times, he is a study in perseverance.  In faith in yourself, in your own abilities, even when life itself seems against you.  And he has “the goods” to be an outstanding pitcher, still.  Even at age 32.  Even after two “Tommy Johns.”

Good luck, Chris Capuano.  I’ll be rooting for you.

Written by Barb Caffrey

January 6, 2011 at 10:42 pm

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  1. .How would you feel if you had come back from two Tommy Johns surgeries worked your way through painful rehab paid your dues in the minors and made it back to the mound?.Chris Capuano feels what anyone else would feel over being placed into relief. Even with the starting pitching pool stacked Chris Capuano says reporting for relief duty never crossed his mind.. No never did I consider it.

    Monex

    January 20, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    • I agree with you. If you’ve seen my previous two blogs about Chris Capuano, you know that I think he should’ve immediately been starting as soon as he was called up, because I felt that was what was best for him. He had more risk of injury coming in from the bullpen than he did as a starter, plus Capuano is a career starter who understands his body very, very well . . . I wasn’t pleased with how Ken Macha and Rick Peterson (the Brewers former pitching coach) used Capuano until the end of the season, when he finally got some starts — and did very well, as I’d expected (for the most part; that last start wasn’t great, but everyone has an off night or two).

      I’m glad Capuano can fight for a starting job with the Mets. I know that’s what’s best for him. I would’ve been happy for him had he gone to Houston, or even Pittsburgh (though that would be a sort of purgatory, not what he’s worthy of by a mile).

      But I wish the Brewers would’ve kept him and said, “You will be our fifth starter if you sign,” then stick to it. I’m a Brewers fan and I love Capuano’s heart, and I believe his influence makes the rest of the pitching staff better just by him being around and showing that intelligence and hard work can make up for the two “Tommy John” surgeries. He’s an excellent example; more than that, he’s a fine person, and I will miss seeing him regularly — but I will continue to root for him as a New York Met because I think highly of him and want him to take the National League by storm.

      Barb Caffrey

      January 22, 2011 at 12:28 am


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