Sept. 19, 2011; Miami, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor (right) looks on as Florida Marlins right fielder Mike Stanton (left) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the first inning at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Mike Minor says Rotation or Trade

I’m not sure when you guys will be reading this due to the site maintenance and my own problems of accessing the site but I want to give you my opinion on Mike Minor and his now dubbed “ultimatum” quote.

“But after a month or two, somebody’s got to go [when Hudson returns],” Minor said. “Overall, it’s not really – it’s about making the team, but if … I can control my third pitch and have a decent fourth pitch, then there’s no reason I shouldn’t pitch in the big leagues somewhere. If they don’t have room for me here, then there’s no reason they shouldn’t trade me or just do something with me.”

Read the full article here.

My initial reaction was, “Well, he’s right. I mean he has earned a spot in the rotation hasn’t he? Why should it be a problem for him to say it?” I thought it was a good thing that he showed some grit and confidence.

After letting it simmer a bit more, and reading some things other people said about it—specifically Kent Covington of Braves Wire—I realized that there was no point in Minor saying what he did, and it can only hurt him.

The Braves organization has been one of class for a long time now, and they are not going to put up with him saying something like this. It would be one thing if he was Chipper, or McCann but he is essentially a rookie who hasn’t done anything in the majors.

He’s a great pitcher and in my opinion should be given a spot in the rotation but does that give him the right to tell the press that? No, absolutely not. If anything Minor has just added more pressure on himself to perform well and that is the last thing we want for a guy who is supposed to throw a ton of innings for us in 2012.

In baseball, rookies are supposed to keep their head down, work hard, and do what it takes to win games. Quite honestly all players should go through the season like that. Jason Heyward was a great example of this. He was struggling and instead of opening his mouth and complaining about playing time or injuries he worked his tail off.

I doubt we will hear anything else like this from Minor, at least while he is with the Atlanta Braves. Let’s see if he can back up his talk in Spring Training. I surely hope so.

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  • clearwall

    It was stupid, but he clarified his comments and I’m content with the explanation. It has to be frustrating, the guy plays second fiddle to every starting pitcher because he’s not the established vet like Huddy and Hanson and he’s no longer the new hot prospect like Delgado and Teheran. Id rather we give him the rotation spot, but if we have to trade him, I think he deserves a shot.

  • Big Bad Bob

    Baseball, as life, owes no one anything. To succeed, one needs to work hard and PROVE that one is capable of doing one’s job. Everyone faces frustration, but the successful never complain or make demands of their superiors.Whether one works in a factory, or plays a kid’s game for millions, one should do their best, without complaint, and let their actions speak for them instead of their words. Many people need to learn this lesson of life, Mike Minor included!

  • BCinAlabama

    No big deal.Minor is right, if he has no future with the Braves they should trade him(its ok for writers and fans to say it just not the player I guess). Much ado about nothing.