Vicente Padilla: So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodnight

Matthew IrbySenior Analyst IAugust 8, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 17:  Pitcher Vicente Padilla #44 of the Texas Rangers reacts after giving up a three run homerun against Jason Kubel #16 of the Minnesota Twins on July 17, 2009 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The only difference between this departure and that of the Von Trapp children is that we the Texas Ranger fans are saying "Adieu, adieu, to you (Vicente)."

The facts are that the Texas Rangers organization has designated Vicente Padilla for assignment.  Meaning that he will pass through waivers over the next 10 days, in which it is very unlikely that he will be claimed by another team. 

Then the Rangers can either demote him to the minors or release him.  The Rangers front office has already made it clear that he is no longer a part of the team, therefore its almost a lock that he will be released from the team. 

Back on June 3, I wrote an article stating that the Rangers had placed Padilla on outright waivers.  Obviously, at the time he was not claimed by another team or released from the Rangers, but a message was sent.

That move came after his outing against the Yankees in which he plunked ex-Ranger Mark Teixiera twice.

In Padilla's last start he lost to the Oakland A's, in the first inning he surrendered a home run to Scott Hairston, two batters later he hit Kurt Suzuki.

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Two innings later, the A's retaliated by plunking Michael Young.  Immediately after that the TV cameras caught Padilla, sitting in the dugout, smiling a smirk face.  When asked about it later, he denied laughing at Michael saying he was in the clubhouse.

Yeah I watched the game, I saw exactly what was said, right after Young was hit he was smiling in the dugout, not the clubhouse.

This time instead of sending a message to Padilla a message was sent to the rest of the team and the fan base.

Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels spoke shortly after the move to the media and talked about this move coming after a series of incidents with Padilla, that he was a bad teammate, and he also talked about the difference of 24-to-1 and 25 guys pulling on a rope.

Rangers' outfielder Marlon Byrd was quoted by the Dallas Morning News before yesterday's win over the Angels on the incident, "It’s about time.  When a player disrupts a team, eventually there is going to come a time when management has enough.  They have seen enough.

"We are fighting for a playoff spot.  The last thing we need in the clubhouse is a distraction like that.  There are 25 guys in this clubhouse who are behind management on this.  They showed that they are serious.  They did their job.  That just serves as assurance that they are doing the right thing here."

And Byrd wasn't the only one that agreed with Daniels' decision to release Padilla, injured second baseman Ian Kinsler told that he shook Daniels' hand and told him, "Congratulations."

The face of the franchise Michael Young also said to, "I support JD's decision.  We need to put any uncertainty on this club behind.  This time is to important to us.  This is the way the organization feels, it's time to move on."

I couldn't agree with Young any more.  I could give you examples of Padilla's inconsistencies, his problems with teammates, or his lack of conditioning efforts. But I'm not going to waste the effort or your time. 

Padilla is gone and we are a better team for it; it might hurt out pitching the rest of this season, but I say again we are a better TEAM without him.

Daniels stated the Dustin Nippert will step into the starting rotation to replace Padilla's departure and that the coaches and front office have as much confidence in Nippert's abilities as they do Padilla's.

In a statement over the phone after the dismissal Padilla said, "I had a good time. The fans treated me well. I don't know what has happened this year. I never had a problem with them. I had three years with the organization. I'm going to keep training. I can pitch if I get the opportunity. They want to wash their hands of me? That's fine."

Padilla, we are washing our hands on you and will not give it a second thought.  And on his way out-of-town I hope he gets the tune stuck in his head, "So long, farewell, Auf Weidersehen, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, GOODBYE!"