Just why did the Rays call up J.D. Martin if they were going to designate him for assignment the very next day? (according to the Tampa Tribune). They already had 18 other pitchers in the roster. It strikes me as being pointlessly cruel to the man who brought the Governors’ Cup back to Durham. And I’m not alone.
I’ve never met Mr. Martin. Perhaps getting a couple of weeks’ worth of the major league minimum pay for a day's hanging out in the dugout was enough incentive. After all, it isn’t the first time he’s been in the majors.
But I have to tell you, as much as I want to like the Rays, this is the sort of thing that makes me think the Bulls should look for a better team to work with the next time the contract comes up. The Bulls simply could not have been the championship team they were this year without J.D. Martin. This sure looks like a slap in his face.
I’d like to think the Rays are pulling off one of their roster manipulation gimmicks and J.D. is in on the game (and getting paid while the game goes on). I hope so. If not, here’s hoping one of the Rays’ competitors claims him (Cleveland, maybe), J.D. shows up in the playoffs, and he gets a chance for payback this October.