Wow, the market really collapsed for Francisco Cordero. It appears he is going to the Blue Jays…as a setup man.
I know I’m probably in the minority, but I’m a fully-paid member of the CoCo Fan Club. Sure, he had his occasional problems, and he frustrated me just as much as he did you guys. In the end, however, he was what you would call a “stand-up guy.”
After enduring the frustrating reign of Danny Graves in the Reds closer role, in which Graves blamed everyone but himself every time he failed, Cordero was refreshing. He never made excuses, and he never hid from the media. On top of that, he was very active in the Cincinnati community, and donated more to the Reds Community Fund than any other player.
Sure, we can argue all day long about how good Cordero was on the field. There are some guys, however, that you just like, regardless of statistics. For me, Francisco Cordero was one of those. I wish him nothing but the best of luck, and I choose to recall his years with the Reds fondly.