17 thoughts on “How much for Raul Mondesi’s identity?”

  1. any1 else notice the article on the braves home page that talks about foster, but yet some bonehead but tom martin’s picture on the heading. i bet foster really appreciates that.

  2. Here’s some writing about Mondesi from “The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty,” by Buster Olney (excerpt on ESPN.com). I’m not sure much has changed:

    In the early months of the 2002 season, the Toronto Blue Jays were desperate to dump outfielder Raul Mondesi and the $24 million that remained on his contract, but could find no takers. Even in a sport generously populated by players who partied extensively and slept very little, Mondesi was considered a wild man, staying out all night; teammates sometimes wondered if he slept at all before playing in day games. Mondesi had some productive seasons early in his career, hitting 33 homers and driving in 99 runs in 1999. But scouts thought his 24-hour schedule and unrestrained lifestyle wore on his body, which thickened noticeably as he neared his 30th birthday. Now, in the summer of 2002, his lack of discipline seemed to have taken its toll.

    Mondesi had none of the subtle qualities that the Yankees had valued during the dynasty. He was a free-swinging hitter, rather than a contact hitter, and he seemed utterly incapable of making adjustments from pitch to pitch; opposing pitchers repeatedly threw him sliders low and away, out of the strike zone, and he repeatedly swung aggressively at them, rather than trying to punch the ball to right field.

    His batting average was barely .200 for Toronto in June.

  3. Mickey Mantel was a wild man who stayed out all night. Maybe Mondy will become Mickey!

  4. opposing pitchers repeatedly threw him sliders low and away, out of the strike zone, and he repeatedly swung aggressively at them, rather than trying to punch the ball to right field.

    Certainly Olney is describing Andruw Jones here and not Mondesi.

  5. Dang, I was thinking the same thing but I didn’t want to be labled an ‘Andruw Hater’.

    Latest BP hit list has labled the Brave’s outfield ‘The Outfield of Doom’. Gross.

  6. I dunno. Andruw’s mostly been laying off that pitch. It looks to me that he’s having more problems with fastballs up in the zone.

  7. Andruw has been more disciplined against swinging at that pitch, even as he’s struggled. I’ve taken that as a good sign.

  8. For Sale, Otis Nixon’s identity. Price – one set of clothing and a crack pipe.

  9. Is anyone else terrified that we have Jordan and Franco batting third and fourth tonight followed by Andruw, Mondesi, and Perez . . . yeesh . . .

    Anyone know when Chipper gets back?

  10. I was going for levity. How many former Turner/AOL/Time Warner Employees do you know that have a headline that reads:

    Naked Otis Nixon chased bodyguard with knives

    I guess it’s not all bad though. One employee perk has emerged from the incident: Time Warner will provide free credit monitoring for a year.

    Sorry if I offended anyone, especially the Otis Nixon fans.

  11. I could see you were trying to be funny. That’s why I said, “not funny.” It’s not you’re humor which offends me, it’s you’re making light of someone’s serious personal problems.

  12. Sorry to post consectutively, but I just wanted to apologize to bwarrend for addressing him a second time. I made my point the first time and didn’t add anything new with my second post. It’s a little funny actually. I’m not one to make light of drug problems, but it’s not as offensive as I made it. You can choose to allude to Otis Nixon in anyway you want.

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