I remember reading about Adrian Cardenas in Baseball America when he was selected as their High School Player Of The Year. The very next year, he was doing great, not far from me, down in Lakewood. (Well, great compared to his teammate, the former Yankees first rounder, C.J. Henry.)
I was surprised when the Phillies traded him. But, I was not shocked when the Cubs picked him up off waivers.
He’s now hanging them up at age twenty-six. And, he has his reasons for doing it.
With a little better glove, he could have been another Marco Scutaro. At the worst, maybe another Jayson Nix. Shoot, split the difference and say he could have been another Tony Graffanino.
It really seems like a crime to waste his baseball talent. But, then again, this is coming from a guy who wishes that he had one-quarter of his talent. So, what do I know?