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Report: Rich Harden to miss the entire 2012 season

Feb 9, 2012, 9:23 AM EDT

This is perhaps the least surprising thing in the history of things:


Not surprising, but still depressing.

Harden is the guy for whom the phrase “man, if he can stay healthy …” was invented for. Even last season, which was his worst as a major leaguer, held some promise, with Harden striking out 91 guys in 82 and two-thirds innings.  He has long teased us with the idea that he could put together a great full season as a starter of be converted into a shutdown reliever. But it’s never happened and, based on this news, is exceedingly unlikely to ever be.

Some folks win the talent lottery. Some win the genetic lottery. Some really lucky ones get them both.  Harden, sadly, had only the former, as his body seems bound and determined to not allow him to throw baseballs the way he can without doing all kinds of damage.


  1. proudlycanadian - Feb 9, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Harden was born with a little rain cloud permanently over his head.

    • kiwicricket - Feb 9, 2012 at 10:08 AM

      Leave B.C alone.

    • jimbo1949 - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      He ought to kick Joe Btfsplk to the curb.

  2. deathmonkey41 - Feb 9, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Sports Medicine people should study him and Mark Pryor extensively and try to find out why some guys just fall apart.

  3. kiwicricket - Feb 9, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Slightly off topic….Does anyone know what has happened to Ben Sheets?

  4. El Bravo - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    I’m sorry but can we at least know WHY he’s having surgery? This is why I hate Twitter and its character limits.

    • El Bravo - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      Shoulder surgery….God! I have to do everything myself!

  5. aceshigh11 - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    I’m amazed that the Red Sox didn’t snag this guy. How appropriate would that have been?

    • JBerardi - Feb 9, 2012 at 5:41 PM

      The Red Sox actually had a trade in place for Harden near the deadline last year, and it fell through due to concerns over his medicals.

  6. Joe - Feb 9, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    The irony here is that this is actually a BSOHL post.

    • El Bravo - Feb 9, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      Oh that’s gold.

    • deathmonkey41 - Feb 9, 2012 at 6:45 PM

      Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

  7. Kyle - Feb 9, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Bummer. Always root for Harden to put it all together.

  8. jimbroney - Feb 9, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Blatant racism…this is just too make up for oill can boyds failures.

  9. yettyskills - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    My fork tells me he’s done

    • Alex K - Feb 9, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      What type of magic fork do you own? Can I buy one somewhere?

  10. bigleagues - Feb 9, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Damn! Well, there goes my fantasy draft.

    Now I’m left hoping that Jamie Moyer can deliver a classic 24 Starts, 9-10, 4.73, 137IP line.

    There aren’t too many of those guys left.

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