Tyler Leaves Town

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Goodnight, sweet prince, and your dirty-but-underappreciated uniform. 
The Tyler Greene Era, circa 2009-2012, has officially come to an end in St. Louis. 

The enigmatic infielder was traded to the Houston Astros earlier today in exchange for a player to be named later, which in baseball parlance is code for, "We really couldn't give a shit less what we get for the guy. How about you just pick up the tab next time we're out at the bar, and, um, how about that Hardees' coupon I saw on the floorboard of your car while ago? The one for a half-price Thickburger. Good?" So, you know, nice ego boost for a guy. 

Greene will not be much missed by Cardinal fans, either, for the most part, and it's really hard to argue he deserves much better. After he committed an error that played a critical role in the Giants' big inning last night, the patrons at Busch actually booed Greene, something that is exceedingly rare for Cards fans. 

I've been a supporter of Greene for quite awhile, feeling he never really received the chance at regular playing time he probably deserved, but even for me it's difficult to defend some of the mistakes Tyler has made over the years. The numbers were always much better than you would think if you looked deeper than just a surface glance, but the mental errors in the field and things like that really are tough to overlook. Getting picked off first base in the tenth inning after coming in as a pinch-runner doesn't help matters any either.

Still, even this season under Mike Matheny I think Tyler was misused somewhat. Why, I really don't know. All along I and some others have said the biggest thing missing for Greene was an opportunity at regular playing time. The closest thing he received to regular playing this season came in the month of May, when he appeared in 23 games and accumulated 81 plate appearances. That's pretty much a starter's playing time. In that month, Greene posted a .790 OPS and collected 11 extra-base hits in those 81 plate appearances. For a shortstop/second baseman, that's outstanding production.

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