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 Posted: Mon Mar 26th, 2018 05:52 pm
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Before my time but I've heard all the stories. Certainly he was an eccentric guy who got into the fights that you mentioned and also I recall the story about how he didn't believe in doctors and fixed his own broken nose with a rusty old pair of pliers (not sure how true that is but it's a great story). He also died his hair different colors and was probably an alcoholic.

That said, circumstances conspired against him a bit. I think he got hurt in spring training 1981 and didn't tell anyone about it and tried to play through the pain, and of course that was the strike year too, so between those things it was just a completely wasted year. All his momentum was gone and the team didn't want to deal with him anymore.  When he got off to slow start in '82, he was sent down within 3 weeks and that was the end of his MLB career.  You could argue that he deserved a much longer look in '82 to get back into form.  It's not like they were a very good team anyway.

Last edited on Mon Mar 26th, 2018 05:59 pm by srossi



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