Former Mets reliever Scott Schoeneweis’ attempts to rebound from a horrible 2009 personally and professionally hit a roadblock earlier today when the lefty was released by the Milwaukee Brewers. Schoeneweis argues to the Journal-Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt that the Brewers should’ve paid no attention to his underwhelming spring stats (7 IP, 7 hits, 6 runs, 7.71 ERA).
Schoeneweis believes he has been fighting an uphill battle to stay in the majors since his wife died last season of a drug overdose.
“I’m a big-league player,” he said. “My wife died last year. That has nothing to do with me as a baseball player. To have to start over and be penalized doesn’t make sense to me.”
Schoeneweis said he really enjoyed his time in Brewers’ camp and liked his teammates, which made the news even more difficult to take.
“I had a lot of fun here,” he said as he packed his bags. “I enjoyed the guys, liked being on the team. I know I can help this team.
“I feel I’m a big-league pitcher. I have nothing to prove. I’m not out of shape; I’m not injured. I had something happen off the field that I couldn’t control. There should be a job out there for me somewhere.”