We all fell for it, up to and including Rangers GM
And that can't-trade status the
"His future is still bright,"
In fairness to Wash -- what else is he going to say?
Throw me into the masses who fell for the hype, and thought to trade Profar for a high-profile, established pitcher was too rich. That the
JD did not want to see Profar tearing it up for the
It was a mirage.
The planned Opening Day second baseman for the
The way his career is going, it looks as though he is the second coming of
Mateo was the second coming of
Pundits like to say it was the injury that derailed his career, but the reality is he may never have been a high-caliber major league talent. The
With 303 at-bats in his career, we have no idea what kind of major league hitter Profar could become. He may be just a weak hitting infielder with a slick glove. He may become a solid .290 hitter with a slick glove who could replace
What we do know is that he was a great minor league player whose body has broken down as a major league player.
Unlike Lee, whom the
Lee, who has a history of injuries both in college at
Profar, who has been hurt in each of his first two
From a big league production perspective, Profar is still a prospect. To the eyeball, he looks like a little guy with a good glove. If he can't play second or short, he can't be a major leaguer.
It's not his fault Baseball America labeled him the No. 1 prospect.
It's not his fault he got hurt again.
The fault lies on the
Now they are left with baseball junk bond who, hopefully, comes around in 2015 and proves he was worth it.
Horse racing won on Saturday by just having another horse with a shot at the Triple Crown, but California Chrome's tie for fourth at the Belmont felt depressing. On behalf of a generation of sports fans, we want our own Triple Crown winner.
California Chrome never looked like he had the kick to take it home, and his placement -- far wide around the final turn -- was too much to win the Belmont.
The schedule of the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont, plus the mileage, remains under intense scrutiny as being too much for the horses. Three races in five weeks is a lot, and the Belmont's 1 1/2-mile course is a killer.
No one in horse racing, with the exception of a few loyalists, would complain if these three races had an additional week or two put between their dates. Or, do as a bitter California Chrome owner
"It's a coward's way out," Coburn told
Horse racing will never regain the popularity it once enjoyed, but a Triple Crown winner would help.
Hip to be Lewis
Lewis is the first major league player to have "hip resurfacing" and continue his career. The surgery has worked, and could provide hope for other big leaguers who have similar symptoms.
"It's perfect," Lewis told me this week. "There is more range of motion with it now, and once I made that adjustment to having that again it's been fine."
Lewis said he will have an X-ray with the doctors around the All-Star break to monitor the hip's progress, but that all signs are positive.
It would be wonderful if his statistics were, too.
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