End Of Spring Training End Of The Line

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Updated: November 16, 2007

END OF SPRING TRAINING

END OF THE LINE

APRIL THE CRUELEST MONTH FOR SOME

LONG AGO & FAR AWAY ROOKIE LENNY HARRIS 17 YEARS AGO

It is the most joyous Moment

of the Baseball season

for players and fans

not for Everyone

The end of Spring Training. The start of the New Season. When everything is Possible. All teams dream of Winning. All players yearn for big seasons. Fans hail all that Opening Day implies. For baseball and beyond.

Except for some

Exit Lenny Harris

For all those players who dread to hear they will not be breaking camp with their teammates. Worst of all for the older players not sent back down to the Minors the dream still alive to be rekindled. No worst of all for those players “simply” cut. Especially those who time has caught up with.

Who doubt they will ever suit up again.

The fate of some

Older Players

Exit Lenny Harris

Lenny Harris 41 hopeful all spring training once again he would make the Marlins roster as he has the last few years was told Tuesday by new manager Joe Girardi be would instead be Cut. After 17 seasons in the Big Leagues surviving all the Odds to stay in the Show by turning himself into the Master of the Pinch Hit. Had finally taken that unique skill as far as it could to keep him a Major Leaguer.

that Glorious indescribable feeling

of getting up each morning

to reach the Clubhouse

then put put on that

Major League uniform

head to the Diamond

even if you didn’t play

that Day.

Lenny Harris is Legendary in a way that will keep him a footnote in Baseball probably for a long time as the Greatest Pinch Hitter in the history of Baseball. In the entire 100 year plus history of Baseball no one has ever Pinch Hit better than Lenny Harris.

Harris has 212 career pinch hits a remarkable 62 ahead of the all time runner up Manny Mota with 150. Even last season at 40 Harris was prolific as a Pinch Hitter with 19 hits, 13 pinch hit RBIs, one HR and .314 batting average. Even now there is probably no one you would prefer to send up to Bat in a Pinch Hitting situation.

But at 41 it’s not enough

to get Harris a precious MLB Roster slot

even on the lowly Marlins who

sold off their entire team

Lenny Harris is one of those sadly very sadly cleaning out his Locker today probably for the very last time heading home to an uncertain future as all around him in the clubhouse youthful exuberance prevails as his now former teammates prepare for Opening Day and dreams of Glory no matter the Odds. Thinking if not knowing for sure they are secure this Major League season if not for many seasons to come.

not Lenny Harris

For the first time in 17 years he will not sit on the Bench waiting hoping for that pivotal moment in the Game when a Pinch Hitter is required to save the Game, and the manager tells Harris to get his Bat because Lenny Harris is the Greatest Pinch Hitter in the history of Baseball. And maybe always will be.

But not this season or

any season ever more

now April has become

his cruelest month.

Good Luck Lenny

just maybe later

this season ….

Maybe !

LENNY HARRIS TODAY OR YESTERDAY ANYWAY