Some players live on the expensive fringe of the major leagues. With current compensation high, few players leave at the top of their game. Who can afford to leave millions on the table?
Having allowed 5 home runs and 23 hits in 16 innings, this good soldier is done. The timeline has finally caught up with Mike Timlin. Timlin and his family have delivered quality, dignified professionalism to the Red Sox and the Boston community, but he is now relegated to mop-up duty, and simply cannot be trusted in close games.
Although he hasn't lost much off the fastball, he has the worst kind of wildness, wild in the strike zone, the kind of mistake pitches that turn into runs.
Thanks for the memories.