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Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Khalil Greene just needs to play better

As Joe Strauss writes today, there's a changing of the guard in St. Louis. Continuing the theme from my last post:

He needs to play better?

We still think he's capable of playing?

What, are we still living in the Dark Ages? What's next, maybe a good bleeding? Or some wisdom teeth removed? Is there anyone outside of St. Louis who doesn't realize that Greene needs a long break from baseball, during which he engages in some serious talk therapy and perhaps a bit of medication.

I do not mean to make light of this situation. Greene was a good player for four seasons, a league-average hitter and a decent enough shortstop. And then, suddenly and shockingly, he was not. Suddenly, he went from being worth $10 million per season to being worth nothing as a ballplayer.

I know that's harsh, but it's the truth. Still, one might have assumed that Greene's 2008 season was a fluke, the product of some terrible convergence of randomness or (more likely) an injury that wasn't enough to impress his manager but was enough to limit his abilities on the field.

Greene apparently looked fine in spring training with the Cardinals, and yet now he's playing worse than ever. Now, you simply can't say things like "He needs to play better" or "We still think he's capable of playing."

Why would you think that, exactly? John Mozeliak is not a foolish man. But the notion that Greene's once-impressive skills are going to suddenly snap back into place is approximately as reasonable as believing in fairies and unicorns and leprechauns who wear little pointy shoes.

(H/T: BTF's Newsstand)