Of Schmoll, whom the Metropolitans acquired from LA in the Jae Seo for Duaner Sanchez deal, Metsblog’s Matthew Cerrone writes, “one year later and i still have no idea what schmoll even looks like.”
This is Steve Schmoll, Matthew. You’re losing your edge.
Newly acquired P Scott Schoeneweis tells the New York Times’ Ben Shpigel that he’d prefer to keep a number no one in their right mind would want.
When Schoenweiss walked into the clubhouse Wednesday evening and saw his new jersey, he recoiled. His last name was spelled correctly. But the new number, a very mainstream 36 suddenly seemed very strange.
To his surprise, Schoeneweis found himself asking the equipment manager, Charlie Samuels, if he could switch back to No. 60, a number he had often tried to shed in each of his eight major league seasons.
œMy first five minutes, and I™m already high maintenance, Schoeneweis said. œI told them that they won™t hear from me again.
Schoeneweis is not superstitious. He does not believe that No. 60 has any magical powers. It is not cool, like No. 99, which Turk Wendell and Mitch Williams wore. And, as he said, œIt™s not like I™m going to have to give a guy a Rolex to get the number back.
Schoeneweis wore No. 60 during spring training in 1999 and made the Angels as a left-handed reliever. The team never offered to give him a lower number, so he kept it. Schoeneweis assumed he would switch at some point, but every year when he arrived at spring training, No. 60 awaited him.
œIt became this personal joke, he said.
Reliever Keith Foulke, 34, has announced his retirement rather than compete for the closer’s job in Cleveland. Unless I’m mistaken, that’s a $5 million guaranteed deal Foulke (who passed a physical in January) has chosen to leave on the table. You can buy a lot of Whoppers with that sort of money.