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Penny: I'd go back to AL East

Posted on: September 1, 2009 7:32 pm
 
PHILADELPHIA -- Brad Penny's career ERA in the National League is 4.06. In five months in the American League East with the Red Sox, his ERA was 5.61, the worst of any full-time starting pitcher in baseball.

And yet, Penny said Tuesday, he credits the Red Sox with rescuing his career. And, he said, he'd happily return to the AL East when he's a free agent at the end of the season.

"I'd go back," said Penny, who will start for the Giants Wednesday night against the Phillies. "I think if I make my pitches against anyone, I'll do fine. . . . Sometimes you don't get breaks. I was making some bad pitches, and leaving some balls up. In the AL East, you can't really do that."

Penny struggled through shoulder problems last year with the Dodgers, and he still has hard feelings against some in the Dodger organization. When he was told that the Giants' AT&T Park features 42,000 fans who hate the Dodgers, Penny quickly said: "42,001."

His feelings towards the Red Sox are much better, in large part because of the program the Red Sox designed to strengthen his shoulder.

"I'm glad I went over there," he said. "I'm not sure I'd be pitching now if I went anywhere else."

Now he's pitching for the Giants, who hope that Penny can enjoy the same kind of National League revival that his former Boston teammate John Smoltz has. Penny had a choice of teams when he was released by the Red Sox, but he was so sure that he'd be a Giant that he rooted for the team while watching the weekend series with the Rockies.

While there was talk that Penny would return to the Marlins, he said that was never a very real possibility.

"Honestly, I wasn't going to Florida," he said. "I want to play in front of some fans."
Category: MLB
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Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2009 12:59 pm
 

Penny: I'd go back to AL East

Penny should have changed his comment to, "They don't have enough fans for me to disappoint." 



Since: Aug 31, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2009 10:51 am
 

Penny: I'd go back to AL East

Yeah really I feel bad for the Marlins...they hang around in the Wild Card almost every year and yet their stadium always seems to appear empty. And if that's not bad enough they've already announced plans for a new one. Way to go Florida.


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