Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Max Sapp ain't doing so hot

The Astros might not have been on the up-and-up with Max Sapp as recently as March, says Mark Berman in this report.

Missy Sapp said as recently as two months ago her son had spoken with the Astros and was thrilled by the fact the team had not given up on him even though he has not played since 2008.

Missy Sapp:
"Max talked to (Astros assistant general manager) Ricky (Bennett) in March and he said, 'Mom, I'm on a roster and I'm so excited,'"

Sapp's agent, Doug Rogalski:
"The Astros said when Max is ready let us know and we'll find a spot for him. Last Monday Max's doctors told Missy that what he has is treatable, that he will recover and be able to play baseball. I called Ricky Bennett Tuesday and left him a message and said Max is doing great and in 30 to 90 days can resume some sort of activites with the Astros...

...On Wednesday the Astros called Max in the facility to let him know he was going to be released. I'm disappointed the Astros let it go this far and then didn't let Max get back on the field. There was no indication he would not be given a chance at some point."

Missy Sapp:
"I'm saddened with the timing of their decision. Max is grieving right now because this came out of the blue. We have been through Hell. It's the things you read about that happen to other people, but not you."

Ed Wade:
"Max has dealt with a series of health issues over the past two years. It became apparent to us that it would be difficult for him to resume his professional baseball career. It's our hope that Max can move on to a productive and successful career off the field."



Steve Duer said...

Baseball is a business. I know the Astros have been very supportive for over one year. They were prepared for him to comeback in 09 and play and he had a set back. Then it was hoped he could go to instructs and work with them. I never saw him on a roster there. This spring, he wasn't ready and with the draft on the horizon and the Astros needing to prepare short season rosters, they needed to make a decision.

I feel sorry for Max. All indications are he is a good kid who has gotten a bad break.

To put this in perspective,how many of our employers would hold a spot for us for over one year?

Peanut said...

What's the issue here? Sapp played three seasons and never produced. The Astros did the right thing and stuck with him during his illness. They then made the call--likely the right one--that he won't ever be a productive player. The organization is under no obligation to field a catcher they don't think can play. I feel for Sapp, I really do. He's been through an unimaginable ordeal. But he's not entitled to anything.