Well if this isn't poetic justice, I don't know what is. If you have no idea why this is hilarious yet infuriating at the same time, the Mariners were recently in the news for openly admitting to manipulating service time of their minor leaguers last month. It's a big deal because it was an admission that teams actively look to restrict the earnings of the players by manipulating when they can become a free agent. The exec that said it publicly is no longer with the club because and Kelenic was PISSED afterwards, saying this:
Not to be given that opportunity was beyond frustrating. I feel that guys should be rewarded for their play and teams should have the best players on the field especially when you talk about a team that hasn't gone to the playoffs in 20 years and your best prospects are sitting here watching.
Clem went into further detail in this blog HERE. Yeah, he has every right to be pissed. It's not talent or work ethic or age or anything other than money that is keeping him in the minors, and that's fucked up. Teams are more worried about $$$ than Ws and Ls. Get the fuck out of my face with that. If Dipoto and the Mariners don't have him penciled in the lineup on opening day, they're only driving the wedge between the players and owners even deeper. At this point I'd be pretty surprised if there wasn't a lockout after this season.
PS - look at Kelenic here:
obviously it's just the cage but the ball explodes off his bat. I saw Kelenic play in HS a bunch back when I was Davey Scout and he is the best HS player I've ever seen in my life. True 5 tool talent. He's now a top 5 prospect across most publications. I told Clem the Mets would regret that trade 2 and a half years ago:
I really think he's going to be a superstar. Reminds me of Grady Sizemore with more power and not made of glass. Like a true .300/.375/.500 guy with 25 dingers and 25 SBs and ++ defense. Dude is just awesome. Get used to his name.