- Scottsdale, AZ – For those of you who were upset last July 31 when the Rockies traded Ubaldo Jimenez to the Indians, don’t be. You shouldn’t have been then, and yesterday proved why you shouldn’t be now. Sunday afternoon, Cleveland Faced Colorado in one of the final spring training games of 2012. Former Rockie, Ubaldo Jimenez, was on the hill facing his former team after on offseason where he and Troy Tulowitzki traded verbal barbs through the newspapers. Ubaldo has been upset for quite a while now that he didn’t receive a large contract offer from Colorado after the 2010 season….the season where he was lights out in the first half, only to completely collapse in the second half. When asked about the situation weeks ago, Troy basically said Ubaldo should just shut up and play, and be glad he got his wish by being traded last year out of Denver. Well, anyone who thought this war of words was over was wrong, as Tulo was nailed on the left arm in the first inning by an “errant” fast ball by Jimenez. Trust me Rockies fans, be glad Ubaldo is gone. He is proving to be a head case we didn’t need to deal with.
So….let me get this straight….After a year (2010) where Ubaldo had one great HALF SEASON, he wanted to get a huge contract from Colorado. He didn’t, and instead the Rockies gave Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez new deals to lock them up for years to come. I would have understood his complaints last year had he had any leg to stand on. However, the facts are that he looked like a completely different guy the second half of 2010, and never regained his dominance. He seemed mentally fragile on the mound, and when things got a little sticky, he crumbled. Thank god the Rockies brass saw this as well, and realized Jimenez was not the ace pitcher of the future. When he started last year the same way, Colorado found a gullible, I mean suitable trade partner in the Cleveland Indians. When word came out that we dealt Ubaldo for a handful of young pitchers, I was all smiles from ear to ear. Last year with the Rockies and Indians, Jimenez went 10-13 with almost a 5.00 ERA. The guy had his amazing moments here, including tossing a no-hitter, but Colorado did the right thing dealing him while he still had value.
One of the many folks in attendance who witnessed Tulo getting beaned by Ubaldo at Salt River Fields, was none other than baseball commissioner Bud Selig. Soon after the incident, Jimenez was quoted as saying the ball just simply got away from him, and was unintentional…uh huh…it’s interesting when you watch the video, as soon as Tulo gets hit, Jimenez throws his glove to the ground and walks towards Troy with anger and a purpose. If he didn’t mean to hit the guy, would that really be an appropriate emotion? Come on Ubaldo, you are acting like we are all idiots here. My belief is Jimenez should get a 10 game suspension, which is enough games to make him miss 2 starts. Lost in all of this is the fact that Tulo was not seriously injured, which he easily could have been. Something like a broken hand or wrist could have derailed the entire season….and because of what? Because Ubaldo got his feelings hurt over what Troy said? Because Troy was dead on when he said Ubaldo should just shut up and move on?…All this does is verify that Jimenez has extremely thin skin, and will never regain his early season dominance from 2010. He probably knows it too, and knows his chance at a big contract from any team is now in his rear view mirror…..One thing is unfortunate about all of this, though….that the Rockies don’t face the Indians in 2012….Damn.