Becker: Early 2008 Sleepers
My favorite example -- and I use the word "favorite" very loosely -- of giving up on a player too early followed the 2000 season, when after a brutal performance, I cut a former first-rounder who had been a Baseball America darling for years. Who could have blamed me? He'd pitched 67 1/3 innings and posted some of the worst numbers you'll ever see for a pitcher with at least 10 starts. In 19 appearances, 13 of them starts, he'd surrendered 80 earned runs on 14 home runs, 107 hits and 42 walks. That's a 10.64 ERA and a 2.20 WHIP in exchange for four wins and 44 strikeouts.
The player was sent down to Class A to fix what was wrong with his delivery and between his ears. He was called back up in 2001 and I begrudgingly placed a minimum bid on him. I lost him to my nemesis in that league, by a dollar. I still remember the e-mail he sent to the league: "Dammit, I thought Pete would save me from that one." He didn't want him either. Nobody wanted him. I probably could have traded for him for a middling minor league prospect. No way. My nemesis was stuck with this clown and had saved me from myself.
To continue reading this article you must be an Insider
We see that you are not an ESPN Insider. Upgrade today and gain access to our exclusive coverage.
FANTASY TOP HEADLINES
- Matthew Berry's Love/Hate for Week 15
- Karabell: Week 15 flex rankings
- Yates: Fill-ins for the fantasy playoffs
- Karabell: Rankings reaction
MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM
- Majestic Youth Philadelphia Phillies Roy Halladay #34 Alternate Ivory Replica Jersey