We got a nice shout-out the other day from the excellent Mets bloggers over at Faith and Fear in Flushing. Thanks, guys.
I didn't think of Duaner-gate as much of a big deal at first: he messed up a little so Willie disciplined him by sending home for a couple days. Case closed, right? I approached this Bill Madden piece a little skeptically. Typical New York sports media just stirring the pot, I thought. But to be honest he has me worried a little. He points out that Sanchez was disciplined a couple times by the Dodgers back in 2005, and there was some talk that he was intoxicated on one occasion (though Madden offers no on- or off-the-record sourcing for that, so here I go furthering a baseless rumor on the Internet...).
I definitely think Madden's suggestion to just dump Sanchez now no questions asked is a little harsh, not to mention misguided. Even if Sanchez is somewhat of a distraction, he was effective enough last season to give him another shot. And remember, this is a team with more than its share of example-setting veterans to keep guys on the straight and narrow. You have to think Wagner, Glavine, and Julio Franco will have a hand in this going forward.
So I don't know, let's just not blow this out of proportion.
Time for Mets to dump troubled reliever [Daily News]