Baseball Crank
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November 15, 2002
BASEBALL: Hampton Digs In

Apparently, Mike Hampton still loves that Colorado school system. If he says no, the Rockies should start demanding he mow the grass or something. Is there anything worse than a pitcher who sucks, and you can't bench him, and you can't cut him, and now he refuses to let you trade him when you find a taker for his ridiculous contract? "Mr. Hampton, don't bother reporting with the pitchers and catchers. And bring an infielder's glove. We think you can at least keep out-hitting Todd Ziele." The Hampton-Johnson part of the deal is fair enough, but why would either side want to swap Preston Wilson for Juan Pierre? Both are talented young players coming off lousy years, but Pierre is one of the best in the game at the very thing Wilson is the worst at - making contact and putting the ball in play. And that's a hugely important skill in Coors, where balls in play are more likely to become hits than anywhere else. OK, Pierre's younger and cheaper and Wilson's better, but it still seems like a wierd deal.

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