The Boston Red Sox designated reliever Bryan Corey for assignment yesterday, the second time they have done so this season. The Boston Globe’s Gordon Edes had a very good column on Corey today, reminding us that there is still a significant caste system in Major League Baseball:
Feel sorry for him? That’s the last thing he would want. A little understanding, maybe, that there’s a huge difference between the big-league life lived by Manny and Papi and ‘Tek and Schill, and the one lived by Bryan Corey and the many like him inhabiting the periphery of the game, here one day, a line of small type in the newspaper the next.
“We’re not all millionaires,” he said the other morning in Tropicana Field. “I have a nice life, a comfortable life – well, somewhat comfortable.”
Corey strikes me as a 4A player, a guy who is plenty good enough for the highest levels of the minor leagues but never quite manages to stick in the majors for very long, for whatever reason. (Curtis Pride was a 4A-type player.) This season, he has a 10.50 ERA in seven games (six innings), largely due to a couple of terrible outings prior to his first DFA. He has only pitched once since then, on April 25, and struggled with his control.
Given Boston’s bullpen issues thus far, there’s a good chance that Corey will be back with the team soon (assuming he clears waivers and isn’t traded and all that good stuff).