WASHINGTON — Dan Haren pitched one forgettable year in Washington.
He went 10-14 with a 4.67 ERA and a 1.238 WHIP over 31 games in 2013, and the Nationals missed the postseason with an 86-76 record. After the season, Haren moved on to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He then split his 2015 season with the Miami Marlins and Chicago Cubs, and then he quasi-retired.
The last time Haren completed a season with an ERA below 3.50 was 2011, with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
His Twitter game, however, is Cy Young caliber.
Remember last month, when he reminisced on the trade deadline?
Or what about the time he ran into Albert Pujols at the grocery store on Monday?
And the time he expertly incorporated the best meme of the Olympics and the weirdest story of the summer (of the year?) in one stellar tweet.
He also has important thoughts about the NBA and its newest superteam.
Haren makes fun of Donald Trump with some frequency, but he also makes fun of himself with regularity.
His latest foray into social media commentary falls into the latter category.
For what it’s worth, he offered up a job suggestion of his own.
It’s unlikely Haren will get any MLB pitching offers this season, or any season. He turns 36 in September, and, again, he hasn’t been very good in several years. He did, however, make the All-Star game in consecutive seasons from 2007-2009, so perhaps he could rekindle some former glory.
If nothing else, a team that won’t be making the postseason should bring Haren in for the final stretch of this season. He’d be good for a few laughs, at least.