Brian Cashman just keeps saying whatever the hell comes to his mind

[Pedro Feliciano] was abused. It’s a thin market when you’re looking for lefties, and he’s one of the better ones out there. But you don’t typically go after a guy who’s been used like that. The use pattern was abusive.

Brian Cashman.

Mets fans seem ticked off about Cashman’s comment, though I can hardly see why. I suppose it’s unprofessional to call out another organization for your mistake, but I’ve never been much one for professionalism. And to me it’s hard to see how the goat here is anyone but Cashman.

The Mets did overwork Feliciano. He led the National League in appearances three years running, and who can count how many times Jerry Manuel got Feliciano warmed up only to not use him — “dry-humping,” in the parlance of our times.

But — as Dan Warthen joked to reporters today — the Yankees probably should have known about that when they signed Until Recently Perpetual Pedro. Hard to really kill the Mets for using him so often, either: He never got hurt on their watch, so they got everything they could out of him and moved on at (apparently) the right time. That doesn’t seem very fair to Feliciano, but then he’s the one who got rewarded with a two-year $8 million deal this offseason, and the guy who reportedly asked for the ball every day.

About that: I get that Feliciano wanted to pitch every day. I’ve even read the reports that he claimed to pitch better when worked heavily. But just because a professional athlete says he can play doesn’t mean the team should always do so. The Mets probably got lucky to enjoy three full healthy seasons of Feliciano throwing in more than half their games. Next time they try that, it’ll probably catch up with them — not the Yankees.

Of course we have no evidence yet that Terry Collins will manage that way.

The most interesting part about this to me is that Cashman seems to have carried his bizarre new habit of saying all sorts of things he probably shouldn’t into the regular season.

But what about the robots?

Still, Taylor was back on the field Tuesday (he took part in some of the drills) and says he’s physically ready to be a critical part of the Jets much-acclaimed defense under second-year head coach Rex Ryan.

“The buzzword around here is swagger,” he said. “I think I’ve always had that. He is confident and he should be.”

Sam Borden,

Nice feature from Sam about Jason Taylor working to fit into his new team, which I’m pretty much over now. I never liked Taylor, but I never liked him because he was an outspoken Dolphin and a very good player. It’s much different from how I never liked Brett Favre, whom I never liked because I hated the way he played football, even if he was decent at it.

Anyway that quote made me realize that the Jets have basically become a team full of Jason Taylors — in terms of attitude, at least. That’s the type of thing you absolutely love if you’re rooting for the team but can’t stand if you’re a fan of any other team in the league. And that’s cool. Obviously I’m hoping — and almost believing — the Jets can back it up and maintain the reputation instead of disappointing everyone and becoming a laughingstock again.

And the other thing is, if the Jets are going to become a team full of Jason Taylors, someone should make with the robot likenesses.

Heart attack of the clones

“We mustn’t build up a fortress against cloning and the offspring of clones,” said Arnaud Petit, a director at Copa-Cogeca, the largest European association of farmers and cooperatives.

James Kanter, New York Times.

Ahh, speak for yourself Arnaud Petit. If anyone needs me, I’ll be in a remote location, building up a fortress against the clones.

Seriously, though, check out the article — it’s an interesting read on the history and possibility of eating cloned animals, plus an overview of the nature and strength of people’s ethical hangups with the practice.

Obviously the intersection of meat and science is important to me, but I have yet to fully formulate an opinion on the matter. Eating cloned animals seems a bit weird, I suppose, and definitely feels more likely to lead to some sort of zombie outbreak. But at the same time, I can’t pretend the way we currently raise animals for consumption is entirely natural.

And I’m never clear on the term “natural” anyway. First of all, how can something truly be artificial — if you trace any chemical back far enough, it has to come from some natural elements, right? Like we can be all, “oh, MSG, that’s not natural.” But where does MSG come from? What constitutes “natural flavors?”

Plus, I mean, humans figured out how to clone stuff. Humans are part of nature, right? Is this particular technology somehow innately different than the development of all the tools we use to benefit society already?

I have a lot of questions and no answers. If cloning ultimately means we’ll have more delicious beef for less money, I’m for it. If it means all meat will taste the same and/or infect our brains and turn us into bloodthirsty cow-people, I’m against it.