Freed, liberated, let go, released … call it whatever you like, but Randy Ruiz is gone.
I was saddened and shocked to learn that the Blue Jays have let go of Ruiz, and he has subsequently signed a contract to play in Japan with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.
The news comes as a bit of a surprise, considering Randy Ruiz was just a player on the bench and not a starter occupying tonnes of playing time.
Yeah, he’s struggled this season, but is 40 plate appearances really enough of a sample size to judge whether a player should be released or not?
Admittedly, I became smitten with Ruiz after his honeymoon campaign last year. While his numbers this year have been less than impressive, I think people all too quickly forget that Ruiz was hitting a home run for every 11.5 plate appearances.
My assumption is that Ruiz saw the writing on the wall and knew that Lyle Overbay would get the fair share of playing time at first base, and Adam Lind would occupy the DH spot for the most part of the season.
That meant Ruiz had to make the most of every at bat, and in most cases that translated to swinging for the fences so he could keep his job. Rather than live with the uncertainty of playing time every game, maybe he’d rather just rake in Japan and hope for the best.
You know what … if it worked for Tom Selleck, then it should work for Randy Ruiz. Best of luck to him and hopefully another MLB team doesn’t scoop him up in the near future and he has a 30 home run season.
It’s never easy letting go, but it’s comforting knowing that Randy Ruiz has been freed permanently. Fly high, free bird.