The beatdown goes on: Ollie latest Met set for surgery

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The Mets announced Wednesday that Oliver Perez will undergo surgery for the sore right knee that has bothered him for most of the year, sidelining him for the duration of the season. He’ll become the 13th Met currently on the disabled list. Here’s a rundown of what those players are making:
Johan Santana – $20 million
Carlos Beltran – $18.5 million
Carlos Delgado – $16 million
Oliver Perez – $12 million
David Wright – $7.5 million
Jose Reyes – $5.75 million
J.J. Putz – $5 million
John Maine – $2.6 million
Alex Cora – $2 million
Ramon Martinez – $750,000
Fernando Martinez – $400,000
Fernando Nieve – $400,000
Jon NIese – $400,000
That’s $91.3 million in actual 2009 salaries or just about two-thirds of the $139 million the Mets are spending this year. It’s more than what 17 teams are paying their entire rosters. The only healthy Mets earning in excess of $5 million are Francisco Rodriguez and Luis Castillo (Gary Sheffield as well, but all except for $400,000 of his salary is being covered by the Tigers).

Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph: “We suck”

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As I mentioned in the recaps this morning, Baltimore lost its 107th game last night, tying its 1988 mark for the most losses in Orioles history. They will certainly break that record and will almost certainly blast by the all-time franchise loss record of 111, set by the 1939 St. Louis Browns. That team only played a 154-game schedule so the O’s likely won’t be the worst team in the franchise’s 118-season history by winning percentage, but it’ll be close enough.

Over at The Athletic Dan Connolly reports that one Oriole, catcher Caleb Joseph, is well aware of how bad the Orioles are and he is not mincing words about it:

“I’m not a loser. So, to be associated with that severity of losing is embarrassing. It’s shameful really . . . I don’t blame [fans] at all [for not attending games]. We suck.”

That last bit was in response to Matt Olson of the Athletics coming up to him before a recent game, noticing how many empty seats there were in Camden Yards and asking Joseph if it was always like that. Let that sink in: a player for the Oakland Athletics who, year after year, have some of the worst attendance in baseball, is shocked at how poorly Baltimore is drawing.

As for Joseph, he spends a lot of time talking about how the attitude is all wrong with the Orioles, how there does not seem to be any accountability and how things weren’t like that when he came up back when the Orioles were winning. Which, well, yeah.

Baseball players often attribute winning and losing to whatever attitude is prevailing around the clubhouse. Maybe that’s true on greatly underachieving teams or borderline teams that aren’t catching the breaks, but it seems far more likely that winning makes teams happy and instills camaraderie while losing makes teams sad and makes people look inward. Players tend to get the causation wrong about all of that because, I suspect, they don’t want to admit that they’re not as talented as the competition so it has to come down to some motivational or mental defect. Which, if that makes a player feel better, fine, but these O’s weren’t going to win many games even if they came in with smiles on their faces while singing “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” out of their rear ends every day. They just aren’t good.

Whatever you think of all of that, one thing is clear: the O’s need to clean house in a major, major way.