Look at me! I’m Turk Wendell, and I’m cah-raaaaaazy! I jump over the baselines and wave at my center fielder and chew black licorice and brush my teeth between innings and give up home runs! People, he had a problem that wasn’t just related to his pitching.
Wheeeeeee! I’m wacky!
I couldn’t stand watching Wendell take the mound. Yes, he had one decent year as a Cub, but that doesn’t make up for the fact that the guy was basically a walking publicity stunt, an attention whore, and, eventually, a Met. Oh, and the Cubs got back Lance Johnson, Mark Clark, and Manny Alexander from the Mets in the trade that sent Wendell east. Stellar. Good riddance, Turk.
Low Point: Any time he started a game. In starts, he went 1-3 with a 7.24 ERA, while giving up 37 hits and 10 walks in 27.1 innings pitched. Yikes.
Did You Know? Off the field, Wendell is a very generous guy who does a lot of charity work. He was also on MTV’s True Life: I Have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. I may have made that second part up.