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Old 03-03-2009, 11:55 PM    (permalink
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Horrible ending to this story. The kid left the team less than a month after the trade that sent him to another team for 10 maple bats, and became a habitual drug user. Seven months later, his death is looked as a possible suicide. What a shame.

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Johnny Odom. Yeah he's always had character issues, the only reason why he was traded for bats was because he had visa issues over a battery charge
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...I'm not sure I quite understand. Bats?
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Johnny Odom. Yeah he's always had character issues, the only reason why he was traded for bats was because he had visa issues over a battery charge
Except, save the kid the national embarrassment and release him if he's not that good. As if the team couldn't afford a couple of hundred bucks for bats.
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...I'm not sure I quite understand. Bats?
They traded his rights for 10 baseball bats. Yes, wooden bats for the rights to a baseball player.
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He signed a contract with Calgary of the Frontier League and he couldn't enter Canada so they traded him to Laredo of the Continental League for a lot of ten maple bats
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They traded his rights for 10 baseball bats. Yes, wooden bats for the rights to a baseball player.
Wow, that would blow.
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Except, save the kid the national embarrassment and release him if he's not that good. As if the team couldn't afford a couple of hundred bucks for bats.
It guarantees the player his contract
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i remember this trade happening last year. crazy.
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Dam thats just a slap in the face. Why even bother.
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It guarantees the player his contract
If he were any good (which apparently he had SOME stuff, enough to keep him floating around), he would have picked up a contract with another team. I just don't see the need to publicly embarrass the kid as bad as they did by trading him for bats. No coincidence that after all the humiliation, he became a drug addict.
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If he were any good (which apparently he had SOME stuff, enough to keep him floating around), he would have picked up a contract with another team. I just don't see the need to publicly embarrass the kid as bad as they did by trading him for bats. No coincidence that after all the humiliation, he became a drug addict.
Still you don't want to take the risk in releasing him over a clerical error. Was it ethical trading him for bats? No, but would you rather send a kid home over a processing mistake?
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Still you don't want to take the risk in releasing him over a clerical error. Was it ethical trading him for bats? No, but would you rather send a kid home over a processing mistake?
Out of all the trade possibilities, all they could think of was 10 bats? I find that very hard to believe.
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They were offered 1000 dollars for him, and the bats coster per the article 665$ altogether, I am pretty sure they didn't need to embarrass him like that, it is really a sad story I feel bad for the guy.
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I do feel sorry for the young man's family. It must be a tough time for them.
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Well its obvious who got the better end of that trade.
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Well its obvious who got the better end of that trade.
Thats just wrong, but quite funny
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Sad story. Gotta feel bad for the kid. He never found his direction and was always mentally unstable according to some of these articles I read.
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