Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Izzy March 30, 2011 at 7:34 pm
    Well, he ticked off Charlie Manuel before he even showed up. Surprised they gave him 9 days.
    • mrtasan March 30, 2011 at 7:37 pm
      what is your source? i want to read about this…
  2. Rob March 30, 2011 at 8:52 pm
    I feel sorry for the poor guy. Sure he’s got $6 million…so he’ll be fine, but I still think he got a raw deal in NY. I’ll accept that he was not the player that he was when we signed him and he aged horribly, but that’s not his fault. And he generally had a great attitude when he was the regular shortstop. Call me sympathetic…I wish him well and I hope that some other team can pick him up and allow him to thrive in a more appropriate role.
    • gary s. March 31, 2011 at 12:02 am
      did u say “poor guy” ..the same guy who was paid 24 mill the last 4 years .. That’s pretty funny.. It took philly 9 days to see what it took the mets 3 years to figure out.He’s done.Finito.Washed up.Burnt out.I don’t care if emaus hits 190.Good bye to that pox ..
      • David Elias April 1, 2011 at 12:37 pm
        I agree with Gary S. Castillo did not live up to even the lowest expectations and he was such a jerk when it came to public relations events. I’ll never forget how he blatantly avoided seeing some returning veterans with disabilities because it was disturbing to him. Well, a replay of him dropping A-Rod’s ball is the most disturbing thing I ever saw. I’m glad he’s gone.
    • Joe March 31, 2011 at 1:31 am
      Raw deal? When his talent was due to drop off, he got a long overpaid contract. He got paid it even though he was hurt for about 1/2 the time. He was let go when it was apparent that he was only playing adequately & was a negative symbol.

      Some people thought releasing him was stupid since now the Phillies got him; turned out the Phillies (even with their regular guy hurt and getting him for peanuts) don’t want the guy. His “appropriate” role apparently is to be a back-up somewhere.

      No one put a gun to his head to take the 24M. Fans are not always fair about such things. They see a player not performing and boo him. And, they all didn’t even do that. When he did play well, they didn’t boo. By the end, his attitude wasn’t great any more either. Reports are that helped the Phillies get rid of him fast.

  3. Nick March 31, 2011 at 8:24 pm
    Ha ha ha. Brad Emaus for ROY!!!