This has not been a fall for Scott Kazmir. It has been a plummet. A life-changing plunge from Mets superphenom to Rays ace to Angels reject.
To out of baseball.
At age 27.
In 2004, Kazmir was shipped away by the Mets in one of their most catastrophic deals ever. The flamethrowing lefty emerged into not just a Rays All-Star, but a pitcher who was historically good. But over the last few years, Kazmir's fall has been inexplicable.
On Tuesday, though, he heads to Goodyear, Ariz., on a minor league contract with the Indians, the 29-year-old Kazmir trying to fight his way back to the majors for the first time in two years.
He does not believe he merely can still pitch. As he tries to re-emerge now from disaster, Kazmir is so convinced he has solved his problems that he believes greatness awaits.
"I think I can be one of the best pitchers in the game," Kazmir tells The Post, sitting in the bleachers at Houston Christian HS, just days away from leaving for camp. "Hands down. I definitely believe that."
Former Mets prospect Kazmir tries to find way back to majors
New York Post | Feb 3