Cards Land Khalil Greene, Padres Fans Rejoice
Then last year it all fell apart. Two-thirds of the way through the '08 campaign, Greene was hitting an anemic .213, purportedly owing to the fact that he was trying to hit everything out of the park. His season ended in late July when he punched a storage chest in frustration and broke his hand.
Can Tony La Russa and Cards hitting coach Hal McRae help put Greene together again? That's the $6.5 million gamble the Redbirds are taking (assuming the Padres don't pick up any of his salary next year). On the plus side, there's his proven ability. On the minus side are his headcase traits -- is it merely a coincidence that he bears an uncanny resemblance to actor/suicide-risk Owen Wilson? (though some prefer to compare him to a young Sean Penn...same difference) -- his propensity to strike out (his career on-base percentage is a wee .304) and, of course, that mullet.