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Sidney Ponson Is a Winner

Well that's a weird thing to say, but it's true. The Aruban Knight and two-time Orioles flameout is the ace of the shockingly successful Netherlands staff (Aruba is a Dutch territory) in the WBC.

Ponson was on the mound for the Netherlands' first win over the Dominican Republic, a 3-2 decision that suitably stunned every baseball fan in the world, and finished with a line of two runs and five hits over four innings.

Ponson is the most well-known member of the Dutch roster (Randall Simon is best known for taking a bat to a hapless sausage), having kicked around with a total of six major league teams over 11 seasons and spending seven and a half of those in Baltimore.

Ponson's best year came in 2003, a year he split between Baltimore and San Francisco, where he compiled a combined record of 17-12 with a 3.75 ERA. Of course Orioles fans remember him as yet another player that was brimming with talent yet never delivered. Oh and also for punching a judge, troubles with alcohol and general bad behavior.

All that said, Sir Sidney can still eat innings and is capable of being a serviceable stopgap. Last season, Ponson went 4-1 with a 3.88 ERA in Texas of all places before wearing out his welcome and landing in the Bronx for a second time.

As of right now, Ponson is a man without a major league club but if Pedro Martinez or Ivan Rodriguez can play their way into contracts, why can't Ponson do the same (for a much cheaper price tag)?

So what do you guys think, has the joyride that is the Netherlands given enough juice to Sidney Ponson for him to get another chance in the majors or is this his one shining moment?

By CJ Holley  |  March 11, 2009; 4:44 PM ET
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Ah, I hadn't made the sausage connection, but I remember now.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 11, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

I forgot about Randall's involvement in that. It was all much ado about nothing. And yes, Sir Syd will find a contract at some point this season for the reasons stated above.

Posted by: mjwies11 | March 11, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

If JimBo were still around, surely the Nats would sign Ponson. He'd be at least as good a bet as Kip Wells and probably a better one. From what the commentators said on the WBC broadcast, he's been a positive influence on his Dutch teammates. There's no good reason for the Nats not to take a low-bucks chance on him or, say, Pedro. Big upside, little downside

Posted by: nats24 | March 12, 2009 12:11 AM | Report abuse

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