April 21, 2012 Philip Humber threw a Perfect Game for the Chicago White Sox. 22 months later, Humber is simply trying to win a job with the Oakland A's.
Opening Day 2013, Justin Sellers was the starting shortstop for the Los Angeles Dodgers. 10 months later, he has been designated for assignment. You probably thought your job was thankless!
Watching from the comforts of my couch in Edmonton, opinions of players are in many ways shaped and formed by how the media portrays the player. I always got the feeling, even from his hometown commentators, that Barry Bonds was not the easiest person to like. "Barry Bonds is scheduled to return to the organization in March, this newspaper has learned, serving as a special instructor for the Giants' hitters" See more at: http://www.prosportsdaily.com/articles/barry-bonds-will-be-spring-training-giants-instructor-291765.html#sthash.27PyflVr.dpuf Interesting!!
Staying with "media perception", Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds has released a two minute video "explaining" himself to the fans - - http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid2893069007001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAACEa2yvk~,I3kckfVxEjenAeITDjThxucAtVSXPuHP&bctid=3237865925001&sf23115708=1&sf23117768=1
Thanks to Bill Baer of Hardballtalk!
Going to Barry Bonds' former team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, outfielder Travis Snider has been cleared to throw again after injuring a finger on his left hand while cutting sweet potatoes. I can't make this stuff up!