Maybe Vernon should take up golfing

Another game, another day where Vernon Wells goes hit less. It’s a pattern that we’ve seen all too often lately and despite being moved up in the batting order, Wells is still a huge hole in the Blue Jays lineup.

Each time Vernon Wells strikes out, the Toronto Blue Jays have paid him approximately $2500 dollars to be made a fool of at the plate. But that’s only at his 2009 salary of $1.5 million – wait until 2010 when his salary is $23 million dollars and the Jays are paying him around $38,333 per at bat. If you think people are pissed off at Vernon Wells lack of production this season, they will be completely livid when they realize he’s being paid what most people make in one year to just stand there at the plate and watch strike three zoom by.

It took Cito Gaston over two months to finally change the lineup card and surprisingly the player who was “punished” by being moved down has actually performed the best. Alex Rios was one of the lone bright spots in today’s game, going 4 for 4 with a home run and two RBI’s. Want to know the last time Vernon Wells has done that? You have to look all the way back to May 6th. Jordan Bastian tweeted even more bad news about Vernon’s slump; since May 6th has been an abysmal .201 with 7 RBI’s in 35 games. Not exactly the kind of numbers you would expect from your “franchise player” and cleanup hitter.


Hell, even David Ortiz has snapped out of his slump, so what the hell is wrong with Vernon Wells? If he doesn’t start putting up better numbers soon, Wells could be forever destined for the golf course. At least he has lots of practice swinging.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

8 thoughts on “Maybe Vernon should take up golfing

  • June 14, 2009 at 7:06 am


    since May 6th has been an abysmal .201 with 7 RBI's in 35 games. Not exactly the kind of numbers you would expect from your "franchise player" and cleanup hitter.

    Also the kind of numbers which are so VERY bad that any fool can guess they won't STAY that bad.

    You could make a much better case that Vernon would be a terrible investment over the next 4 years or so if he was hitting .760 or so all year…as if he were just declining with age prematurely. But being THIS bad is actually a good sign that it's an aberration (like Jason Bay's 2007 or Joe Carter's age 30 season).

  • June 14, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    I certainly hope so that it's just a bad year or a couple of bad months. I was hoping that Wells would have a career year this season so that other teams might take a look at him in a possible trade. Vernon has all the tools to be an All-Star, but he certainly hasn't shown it this year.

  • June 14, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Janssen may need some more time in AAA or in the pen. Roy should be a Jay for life. Cecil, Mills, or Castro should get a shot to replace Janssen until he resolves his issues. If Roy does end up on the DL….who becomes the "ace" of the staff? Wells should be hitting 7th or 8th. Nobody, not even David Ortiz in Boston, should be given the 3rd or 4th spot in the lineup just because they have more experience or bigger contracts. Lineup should be Scutaro – Overbay – Hill – Lind – Rios – Rolen – Wells – Barajas – Bautista/Dellucci/Inglett

  • June 14, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Might be time to start booing the superstar everytime he comes to bat.

  • June 14, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    Absolutely perplexing that Cito won't just drop him a bit. I mean, how many games do we get to win later based on all this? If the deal is 2 for 1, I think we're running out of games left in the season.

  • June 15, 2009 at 2:22 am

    Mat, with Litsch gone for the year and Halladay gone for a couple days, I think the leash on Janssen, Richmond and Romero has gotten longer. If anything, Casey would be moved to the bullpen if he continues to underperform.

    Dan and QJays, I agree with you both. Baby steps I guess …

  • June 17, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Awsome Graphic, Vernon looks right at home with the golf club, maybe him and Cito are gold buddies?

  • June 17, 2009 at 4:09 am

    Maybe! But with 2 hits tonight, it looks like Vernon is out of the dog house for now. If only he could hit one over the fence!

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