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Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Braves not the only blind optimists

From Mark Bowman, the latest news from FantasyLand: There's something touchingly human about stories like this. Francoeur and the people around him think he's going to hit, even though he hasn't ever hit, really, except for three magical months four years ago. Eric Chavez and the people around him seem surprised by the latest awful news, even though the last four seasons have been punctuated by bad news again and again. Livan Hernandez and an assortment of baseball executives continue to behave as if Hernandez is better than dozens of Triple-A pitchers, even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

Nobody wants to take the humanity out of the game. That said, if you're a fan of the Braves or the A's or the Mets or a dozen other clubs behaving similarly, you might wish your general manager was just a tiny bit less human.