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  1. “I am the fastest!”

    Comment by Chris R — January 11, 2012 @ 9:14 am

  2. Does anyone think Samuel will get another shot at managing? He had a rough time in Baltimore, but come on, there wasn’t much to work with.

    Comment by EdwardM — January 11, 2012 @ 9:26 am

  3. *Please* tell me you have a Steve Jeltz interview in your archives.

    Comment by BDF — January 11, 2012 @ 10:04 am

  4. Juan Samuel was one of my favorite players, and he always comes across as genuine, and a nice guy.

    I just don’t ever imagine him being a great MLB manager. Frankly, I’m not thrilled to have him as the Phils 3b coach.

    Comment by Dave S — January 11, 2012 @ 10:33 am

  5. I enjoyed Samuel’s early career as a Philly, but I also remember his productivity plummeted after those first 4 years.

    My memory of it is that pitchers realized you didn’t need to throw it over the plate to him, and he would swing at anything including stuff over his head. He did have a couple of OK seasons after that – 2.3 WAR as a Dodger in 91 – but really he was a big flash that faded early.

    Still it would have been nice to have that infield the article described.

    Comment by swyck — January 11, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

  6. Soooooooooooo fast. I distinctly remember a game in Wrigley Field early in his career where he got TWO left-field triples in the same game. That’s in short-porch Wrigley Field, mind you. Again, one of the fastest players from first to third ever.

    Comment by bstar — January 11, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

  7. I remember the day the Mets traded Lenny Dykstra for him. I looked at my friend (also a Met fan) and said to him that this was the beginning of the end of the Mets run. I didn’t need 20-20 hindsight to know that was an awful trade for the Mets. What I didn’t realize was that there were some behind-the-scenes stuff involving Dykstra and the NYC nightlife that made the Mets fear an implosion was coming. Still, they should have gotten more for him than a guy they planned to plug into CF that really wasn’t a CFer, and a guy they planned to plug into the leadoff spot who really wasn’t a leadoff hitter (yeah, but he was FAST…whatever)

    Comment by David K — January 12, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

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