Maybe I’m just an unfeeling, ice water veined, callous grump. Or maybe I’m just a bitter fan. Or maybe I’m jealous. I don’t know, but I’m not tearing up over the Milwaukee Brewers’ decision to cut ties with Randy Wolf. In fact, my only source of sadness lies in my inability to any longer use my handful of Teen Wolf sound bites in reference to ol’ #43.
Randy Wolf got a pretty raw deal this year in terms of wins and losses. He had a stretch of four consecutive games in which the bullpen blew the save for him. In fact, the stretch was 6 of 9 at one point in the season. OK, fine. Welcome to the 2012 Milwaukee Brewers. The bottom line is that Randy Wolf was not a part of this team’s 2013 plans and was, as a lame duck hurler, occupying a roster spot better suited for a look at one of our young arms. Oh yeah, and Wolf was sucking terribly this season!
Like I said, tough draw at times, but we’re talking about a season-long stat line that averages less than 6 innings pitched per outing and an ERA of 5.69. I don’t care what the bullpen did once it took over, Wolf wasn’t getting the job done when he was toeing the rubber. Braden Looper once tallied a 14-7 record for the Crew. Anybody upset they didn’t bring back his 5+ ERA in 2010?
“But on his birthday, Nick?”
The Milwaukee Brewers gave Randy Wolf the best birthday present ever: here’s the rest of your cash for 2012 (more than $2 million) and a $1.5 million buyout for 2013. Here is $3.5 million dollars and a clean break to go latch on somewhere else. And believe me, there will be a team that recruits the services of Randy Wolf.
Good guy who had a good run at the back end of a rotation that had a great 2011. I never will forget Wolf’s game 4 of the NLCS in St. Louis last year. But then again, I’ll never forget Chumbawamba, either. Doesn’t mean “Tubthumpin’” is on my iPod.