The Cockroach – That was Hong-Chih Kuo’s nickname because like a cockroach, he was hard to kill. However, he struggled with his physical issues for so long that when he got healthy and had no fight, his mind betrayed him. That’s not a slam on him – it’s just being human. I hope he pitches lights out for the Mariners. I really do, but the odds are that he will face arm or head problems and the Dodgers weren’t willing to pay much for that. I’ll miss him. He was fun to watch and really a good guy. As of now, Scott Elbert is probably the only lefty in the pen.
The Rake – I used to call Blake DeWitt, “Rake” DeWitt because I assumed (incorrectly and incoherently) that he could rake. He couldn’t, didn’t and probably won’t. The Cubs designated him for assignment today. Sorry Blake!
Bad Penny – I guess he wasn’t so bad, but Brad Penny signed with a team in Japan. Whewwwww – he won’t be back anytime soon.