Things about Joe Beimel

According to Adam Rubin, the Mets have an offer on the table to lefty Joe Beimel.

If the Mets are absolutely sure they need a second lefty specialist after Pedro Feliciano, Beimel’s a nice pickup. He has been, for the most part, brutal on lefties since returning to the National League in 2006 and, to boot, not absolutely terrible against righties.

Beimel actually yielded a slightly higher OPS against lefties last season than he did against righties, but since he held lefties to an on-base percentage below .300 in 2009, it was likely a blip caused by a few home runs and not any indication of a larger trend. It might be worth nothing, though, that Beimel’s fastball has been steadily losing velocity since 2006.

More importantly, Beimel is something of an Internet sensation. YouTube only yields two search results for Ron Mahay, but 91 for Joe Beimel, mostly because of this bit of West Virginian weirdness that started it all:

That video, as YouTube sensations often do, produced tons of responses, including this one that features a cameo from Joe Beimel himself:

And this catchy, weird song:

And perhaps most notably, Joe Beimel’s Wikipedia page says he warms up to Johnny Cash’s “God’s Gonna Cut You Down,” which is a pretty badass choice:

3 thoughts on “Things about Joe Beimel

  1. I might have a new favorite Met now. I’ve been wanting them to sign Beimel two years running, but now I really want them to sign him. And thanks for clarifying his stats against lefties last year. I was under the impression that he had done poorly against lefties.

  2. I’m not a big fan of Biemel, is a loogy with a .700+ ops against really that impressive, I’m not sure what to compare it too? but as long as he signs for less than 1 million I’m fine with it.

  3. He’s more than just a LOOGY, Gina. He has pitched as many as 70 innings in a single season as a reliever. Righties have hit the following against him the past four years: .282, .263, .294, and .277. Not great, but far from terrible. He has a decent sinking fastball and get get groundballs. He is the kind of guy you bring in to get a lefty out in the 6th or 7th, and can leave in to face righties so long as he gets the lefty out.

    Just have to keep him out of the bars before the playoffs start.

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