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Vernon Wells studied video of when he used to be good

Aug 16, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

Vernon Wells

Vernon Wells returned to Toronto over the weekend for the first time since being traded to the Angels this offseason and took the opportunity to study the Blue Jays’ video library for footage of his prime.

Wells told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that “2006 is the year I’m concentrating on” because “that was the year my average and power were where they should be.”

That season he hit .303 with 32 homers and a .900 OPS. This year Wells is batting .205 with a .611 OPS for by far the worst production of his career, making the Angels’ decision to trade for the 32-year-old and the $81 million remaining on his contract look even worse than it did at the time.

Wells explained that his “mechanics have been out of whack at different times” and was very productive last season, but it’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time his performance has declined sharply. He followed up that excellent 2006 season by hitting just .245 with a .706 OPS and then hit .260 with a .711 OPS in 2009.

  1. CJ - Aug 16, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    perhaps he’s trying to determine the identity of that helpful fan in center so he can get the guy to switch allegiances and take his talents to the west coast. I keed, I keed.

  2. SmackSaw - Aug 16, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Hmmm. I’ve seen this before. He’s showing all the signs. He’s suffering from A.G.E.

  3. humanexcrement - Aug 16, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    That trade is going to go down as one of the worst in history, if not THE worst. A lot of times people think of bad trades as one organization giving away an eventual star for chump change, but no one ever really knows which minor leaguers are going to develop and which ones aren’t. This was such a strartlingly stupid move on the part of the Angels that someone should get fired for it. Like the whole organization.

  4. jamie54 - Aug 16, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    Idiot, he should have started doing that in 2007. So much for his attempt to even try to live up to the unrealistic contract. What did he care, he already got the money.

  5. professor59 - Aug 16, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    I don’t understand how he can watch video of back when he was good. Does anyone even have a Super-8 projector anymore?

    • Kevin S. - Aug 16, 2011 at 5:58 PM

      They converted it to digital format after Windows 98 came out.

  6. sawxalicious - Aug 17, 2011 at 1:47 AM

    The title of this article is priceless….

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