Kelly Stinnett’s last words, via Newsday:
Stinnett received the bad news in a call to his hotel room from Torre at midnight Tuesday night, and said yesterday from his Arizona home he was “surprised.”
“You’re in a role where you can’t really help yourself playing once a week,” Stinnett said. “…It’s probably just a shakeup where they’re picking on the little guy.”
Stinnett, 36, batted .228 (18-for-79) with a homers and nine RBIs. Fasano, 34, hit .243 (34-for-140) with four homer and 10 RBIs for the Phillies.
Fasano made an impression on the Yankees during 2004 spring training and that season at Triple-A Columbus.
Stinnett hopes another team wants him, and he has no plans of seeing Columbus. “I’ll spend the summer with my kids before I consider that,” he said.
I guess that Stinnett missed the memo that said 36-year-old back-up catchers with a career .395 OWP should be seen and not heard.
In any event, Torre called him with this news? Doesn’t something like this warrant some face-to-face time? I’m surprised to hear that this is how Torre, the great communicator, handled this situation.