Today, things in Arizona are scheduled to finish up for the Brewers. Spring Training coming to a close means a whole bunch of writers weighing in on what we saw in the past month, and trying to figure out which trends will continue and which were simply meaningless.
This probably shouldn’t be a surprise, but comments from Doug Melvin and Ken Macha in the past couple days have led quite a few people to include Corey Hart’s dismal spring performance in their postings. Among them:
– Jon Paul Morosi, who recently picked the Brewers to finish first in the NL Central, cites the recent reports of Hart potentially not being the Opening Day right fielder, and notes that his production at the plate has taken a nosedive since being named an All-Star in 2008.
– USA Today’s Bob Nightengale includes Hart in his column telling us that Spring Training results actually do matter (h/t Brew Crew Ball). Nightengale says Hart was called into Macha’s office for a pep talk on Wednesday.
– Steve Garczynski at Bernie’s Crew manages to nest a crack at Jeff Suppan into a crack at Corey Hart: “I’m surprised that Corey Hart doesn’t have neck pain with the way old man Edmonds has flown past him on the depth chart.” Well played.
– Bill Bender at The Sporting News’ Fantasy Source Fastball blog does a “Pulse Check” on Corey Hart. The verdict? “There’s only so many ways to say Hart’s lost his mojo, right?” Ouch. Bender stops short of telling fantasy players to steer clear of Hart completely (at least those playing in NL-only leagues), but I’d be surprised if he’d be more than roster filler for anyone’s fantasy team at this point.
The good news — for Hart, at least — is that he managed to beat the March 31st deadline for teams to cut a player with a non-guaranteed without having to pay his full 2010 salary. As an arbitration-eligible player, Hart could have been cut at any point and would have only been owed a fraction of the $4.8 million he was awarded in his arby case.