Easily my favorite Colabello moment
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That 2015 team should have won the WS if it wasn't for luck and Hicks stealing homerun
He really was a great feel good story in 2015, the former Indy league slugger who finally got his shot and ran with it. The peak was probably in early June when he had a walk off two run single against the Astros, extending his hitting streak to 17 games.
It really was disappointing to find out he'd been caught cheating, although he had already started to come crashing down to earth.
He was appalling in 2016 but only after he knew he'd failed a test - mentally he basically knew his career was over before it really began (irrelevant whether he was guilty or not, he knew he'd be banned because he'd tested positive).
In all likelihood he'd have been at best a replacement level player this season, but you never know.
He was tested multiple times in 2015 and passed
"We don't have to plan for a rebuild. But all 30 teams have to stay agile, and have to understand that we're dealing with human beings, and these assets to organizations are human and change and evolve. I think what we've tried to do is become more flexible and agile, and to sustain championships is to build from within."
That's entirely possible as well. Somehow David Ortiz dealer remained ahead of the curve
If he was clean he would have been able to put up somewhat decent numbers at AAA after his suspension was over.
To be fair , it was 139 ab in aaa. But you are probably right. Met him at aaa autograph day and was very engaging and fun with the crowd. Bautista was there that day and didn't participate. Hutch was nice as well. Pompey is clean and he can't rip up aaa yet
It's likely his poor performance over a small sample size in AAA is the result of a regression in BABIP and the mental effect of having his career end (at his age), just as it was looking like it would take off.