Bud puts the brakes on the Pete Rose reinstatement talk

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All of that fun we had the other day with Pete Rose seems to have petered out, as Bud Selig is now telling people that he’s not going to pardon the hit king. The Dayton Daily News’ Hal McCoy thinks that someone got played:

I can sniff exactly what happened. It has happened to me. I wrote a
story once and the next day Commissioner Selig was on the phone
personally, straightening me out.

Madden is a close friend of mine and I respect him immensely. He is
on the writers ballot for the Spink Award and Hall of Fame induction
next year. He attends the Hall of Fame ceremonies every year and talks
to all the Hall of Famers.

Somebody steered him wrong. I noticed there were no quotes from
Selig on the story that he is considering Rose’s reinstatement. Madden
talked about Hank Aaron backing Rose, along with Joe Morgan and Frank
Robinson. Somebody spoon-fed him false information – maybe even some of
Rose’s people, who have been known to do that.

Anyway, I suspect Selig called Madden on Monday and set the record straight.

Isn’t just as likely — and in total keeping with his past habits —
that Bud Selig was sending up a trial balloon to see how a
reinstatement would play? And that, given what, from where I’m sitting
anyway, looks like a decidedly anti-reinstatement sentiment, decided to
walk it back?

The Mets will not commit to Matt Harvey making his next start

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Matt Harvey has had a bad and injury-filled couple of years. He hit spring training in decent physical shape, however, and there was much talk about a possible Harvey Renaissance. At times in February, March and in his first start in early April he looked alright too.

That has changed, however. Over his last three starts he has allowed 14 runs on 25 hits in 16 innings, with his latest stinker being last night’s six runs on eight hits outing against the Braves. The poor pitching has resulted in Mets manager Mickey Calloway not committing to Harvey taking his next turn in the rotation. Or, as Ken Davidoff reports in the Post, not commenting when asked if Harvey would, indeed, make his next start.

It’s bad enough when the manager will not make such a commitment, but the Mets pitching coach, Dave Eiland, made comments after the game suggesting the possibility of the Mets putting Harvey in the bullpen. The comments were not pointed, but this suggests his thinking, I’d assume:

While neither Callaway nor Eiland would tip his hand about Harvey’s immediate future, Eiland, who most recently worked for the Royals, smiled when a reporter asked him if he had ever switched a starter to the bullpen under duress. “Yeah, a guy by the name of Wade Davis,” he said. “It turned out pretty well for him.”

That’s a generous way of putting it and, for Harvey, such comments could soften the blow to his ego if, indeed, the club decides to move him to the bullpen. It’s not a demotion, he could claim, it’s the team giving him a chance to regain his past stardom in a different role!

However, whether it was because he was stinging from a poor performance or because he simply hates the idea, Harvey seemed to reject the possibility out of hand, saying, “I’m a starting pitcher. I’ve always been a starting pitcher. That’s my mindset.”

Looks like he’s either going to have to change his mindset or else he’s not going to have a place to pitch in New York for very much longer.