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Monday, February 06, 2006


Thing about this...If Worrell keeps his head on straight and pitches well, Polanco isn't traded, but instead, plays/bats in place of David "I Never Saw a Double Play I Couldn't Hit Into" Bell.

Now I am twice as pissed off.

I will refrain from my semi-annual diatribe about giving up Polanco for a rental player.

Only thing is, I think they would have found a way to trade Polanco no matter what. If David Bell hit .110 last year, he would've started right up to the last day. And *that* is the true mystery: why the Phillies didn't/couldn't/wouldn't realize they were a better team with Polanco at third base rather than Bell.

So did it ever come out what these "personal problems" were? If so please tell me

I'm always very curious about what throws a player out so much that their game ends up being a mess. Over here, a more high-profile player, England's Sol Campbell, asked to be taken out of a game about two weeks ago (after a woeful performance) and has only just come back to training. The papers were so full of speculation about his personal life and whether he was in a state to be in the world cup squad that his agent issued a statement that it was deffo not personal.

My guess is that if personal issues (whatever they may be) are messing up a player's head to the degree that they can't play well, then they probably won't admit anything about it until they truly stink up the joint. Baseball must be worse than most other sports (with the exception of the big cycle tours) because 5 days worth of arguments with your wife (say) is still 5 days that you have to play. And what pro player is going to hold up his hand to the coach and say 'I'm so messed up over this argument I need to take days off'? No one would fess up to that, and the daily grind of baseball could only screw your head and performance up more.

Both Worrell and Lidle were cheating on their wives. And they were caught. Each ratted on the other.

I heard the same story Walter did. Note the proximity of Lidle's two horrible outings and subsequent leave to Worrell's July 7 return to the clubhouse...

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