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The Tribe releases Austin Kearns

Aug 18, 2011, 9:23 AM EDT

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No, this isn’t a big story, and no it’s not surprising at all. Shin-Soo Choo is coming back, a roster spot is needed and Kearns — who is hitting .200/.302/.287 — is the dictionary definition of expendable, so he’s gone.

But it is notable for one reason. For years Kearns was always such a saber-boy darling, with so many — myself included — figuring that his plate patience and skills would turn him into a star. It never happened, for a number of reasons.

I am still and always will be partial to the saber-boy thinking, but I think Kearns — and Jack Cust and some others — are good reminders that, at least a few years ago, there was a habit of going a bit too crazy about players with certain skill sets at a young age.  I think the people who seriously evaluate young talent with a sabermetric bent — Keith Law, Kevin Goldstein, etc. — have long since abandoned such credulity even if they ever truly had it, but a lot of us dilettantes haven’t, even if we’re better about it than we were in 2004.

Just a quasi-deep thought for a Thursday morning.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 18, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    “Just a quasi-deep thought for a Thursday morning.”

    I drowned.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 18, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    this would be a great pickup for the bjays, Kearns cant hit and neither can the jays!

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 18, 2011 at 10:46 AM

      As much as I think that Kearns would look good in pinstripes, I suspect that the Phillies will look at him as a replacement for Gload.

      • kellyb9 - Aug 18, 2011 at 12:15 PM

        The Harry Kalas statue would be a good replacement for Ross Gload at this point. Don’t worry, he’ll bring his own bat.

    • superpriebe - Aug 18, 2011 at 10:46 AM

      The Blue Jays have scored 586 runs this year. Here is a list of the teams that have scored more:

      652 Yankees
      649 Red Sox
      641 Rangers
      587 Cardinals

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 18, 2011 at 10:52 AM

        You shouldn’t try to confuse Harry with facts. He can’t handle the truth.

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 18, 2011 at 10:59 AM

        Please stop feeding the trolls. Like pigeons looking for food, if you give it to them, they’ll come back or won’t leave. If you ignore them, they’re more likely to leave.

      • superpriebe - Aug 18, 2011 at 2:04 PM

        I had no idea I was troll-feeding.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 18, 2011 at 2:11 PM

        Proudly wants facts? Hey no problem, the bjays are gonna finish 4th AGAIN!! Remember back in the good ole days when they had a strangle hold on 3rd place? Well no more baby! Oh Yeahh!!!

  3. pisano - Aug 18, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    No shock here with him being released. The Yankees picked him up for the stretch run last year and all he did was strikeout just about every at bat. This guy made Andruw Jones look good as far as strikeouts go.

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