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08:12 AM ET 03.28 | Bobby Abreu and Anaheim appear headed to an ugly end. Divorces seem to bring out the worst in people, and the Angels' impending split with Bobby Abreu -- it's impossible to see it ending any other way -- has shown us the dark side of each of the principals' personalities. In Abreu's case, it shows us how pride and overwhelming ego can blind successful people to their own limitations. How can he not see that he's no longer the Angels' best option at designated hitter, that his slowing bat and the return of Kendrys Morales have changed the landscape? How is he not grateful to this team for allowing his $9 million option to vest last season, the fateful decision that created this mess?

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March 28, 2012  09:06 AM ET
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**** are an ungrateful people.

Hmmmmmm......... One of those fill in the blanks I see

March 28, 2012  09:26 AM ET

A very talented who has played for alot of teams and it's no coincidence some of those teams went on to win world series titles shortly after he left....that says alot about him.

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March 28, 2012  10:13 AM ET

The athlete is usually the first to know that he doesn't have it anymore. If he still thinks he can play what is he basing that on? The team has video and they have stats they can show him.

March 28, 2012  10:20 AM ET

I'm thinking that Abreu will be spending a lot of time on his couch once spring training is over. At least until somone loses thier DH to injury and picks him up. After someone picks up Johnny Damon that is.

March 28, 2012  11:09 AM ET
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Hmmmmmm......... One of those fill in the blanks I see

I'm very curious as to what word was censored.

March 28, 2012  11:37 AM ET

Hopefully they can part amicably.....but Bobby needs to look at the calendar to see where he is in his career.

March 28, 2012  11:42 AM ET

"How is he not grateful to this team for allowing his $9 million option to vest last season, the fateful decision that created this mess?"


Bobby has been a really good ball player for a long time, maybe he is grateful but really wants to play? Has the competitive edge? Not saying he should be spouting off about things, but I can't knock a guy who wants to play.


On the other end of the spectrum, I have read comments by Javier Vazquez, from 4 or 5 years ago, that lead me to believe he wouldn't care if he played and doesn't really care if he wins. As long as the checks show up on the 1st and 15th.

''He hasn't been [a big-game pitcher], that's the bottom line.''A bottom line that Vazquez seems tired of addressing at this point in his 11-year career.
''You know what? It's not going to [change a lot of opinions] because I'm really the type of guy that when I retire, I'm going to be home in Puerto Rico with my family,'' Vazquez told the Sun-Times on Saturday, concerning his reputation. ''I'm not looking to have to change minds if people feel that way. I won't be paying attention to that. If I do well or if I don't, I'll still go home at the end of my career and be the same person.''


Heck he said this in March:
Javier Vazquez received calls from two general managers this offseason, and his agent received calls from others, the pitcher told Esteban Pag??n Rivera at the Puerto Rican paper Primera Hora. Vazquez says he was frank with his suitors, saying, "I haven't felt the slightest itch to play. But I haven't announced my retirement because who knows if, three months or a year from now, I get the urge to play again."

Sorry, didn't mean to go off on a Javy Vazquez tangent.




Maybe Bobby doesn't really care to play, I haven't followed closely throughout his career. Just trying to give him the benefit of the doubt, that he wants to contribute.

March 28, 2012  11:47 AM ET

"How is he not grateful to this team for allowing his $9 million option to vest last season, the fateful decision that created this mess?"


Bobby has been a really good ball player for a long time, maybe he is grateful but really wants to play? Has the competitive edge? Not saying he should be spouting off about things, but I can't knock a guy who wants to play.


On the other end of the spectrum, I have read comments by Javier Vazquez, from 4 or 5 years ago, that lead me to believe he wouldn't care if he played and doesn't really care if he wins. As long as the checks show up on the 1st and 15th.

''He hasn't been [a big-game pitcher], that's the bottom line.''A bottom line that Vazquez seems tired of addressing at this point in his 11-year career.
''You know what? It's not going to [change a lot of opinions] because I'm really the type of guy that when I retire, I'm going to be home in Puerto Rico with my family,'' Vazquez told the Sun-Times on Saturday, concerning his reputation. ''I'm not looking to have to change minds if people feel that way. I won't be paying attention to that. If I do well or if I don't, I'll still go home at the end of my career and be the same person.''


Heck he said this in March:
Javier Vazquez received calls from two general managers this offseason, and his agent received calls from others, the pitcher told Esteban Pag??n Rivera at the Puerto Rican paper Primera Hora. Vazquez says he was frank with his suitors, saying, "I haven't felt the slightest itch to play. But I haven't announced my retirement because who knows if, three months or a year from now, I get the urge to play again."

Sorry, didn't mean to go off on a Javy Vazquez tangent.




And maybe Bobby doesn't really care to play, I haven't followed closely throughout his career. Just trying to give him the benefit of the doubt, that he wants to contribute.

March 28, 2012  12:16 PM ET

I'm surprised alacran hasn't chimed in yet on this one.

March 28, 2012  12:58 PM ET
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I'm surprised alacran hasn't chimed in yet on this one.

Shhhhhhhh..........

March 28, 2012  01:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

**** are an ungrateful peopleTis the white man's burden

usually would be the franchise who its the bad or ungreatfull people, but this time its abreu himself doing this against himself, unstead focusin in helping the team,, he has being drowned down to the ground by his own negativeness, the way he thinks, the way he spreads words without even thinking the damage that those words would creat in the future against the franchise but what its more against himself, abreu use to be great pleyer, he its old but he was still smart enough to behave as and adult, now days it seems as if the player has lost control in his whole self being!!!

March 28, 2012  01:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Shhhhhhhh..........

HAHAHAHA!

Ask, and you shall receive, Bishop.

March 28, 2012  01:54 PM ET

maybe he lose any type of motivation, maybe he felt as if the angels negleted him as a player, but every player any player who would like the sport, would do whatever it takes to help the team to win, you don't go down there to waste your time, you don't throw 100's of hours of trainning in the trash just because you are offset, you have to be positive regardless of the outcome in the day of tomorrow, and this its has nothing do about the money, its has to do with the playing time issue, if you are a RESPONSABLE person,,, then play to the fullest, whenever you are in the lineup enjoyed have fun, and show no anger against the team who one's have conffidence in you as a player as a PROFESSIONAL,,,

March 28, 2012  02:00 PM ET

everybody knows abreu's capability's as a player, he has great stats in his career, and he still can use his great patience at the plate, but he really needs to avoid the discontent and the inhappiness take over him,just play man there its nothing better when it comes playing time abreu can do it, but only if he wants to do it, there are things that you dont want to do it, you can do it, but you don't want to do it!!

March 28, 2012  02:01 PM ET

ummm Abreu had his time, and it wasn't all that...nothing to see here folks, move it on along

 
March 28, 2012  02:04 PM ET
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I'm thinking that Abreu will be spending a lot of time on his couch once spring training is over. At least until somone loses thier DH to injury and picks him up. After someone picks up Johnny Damon that is.

my believe its,,, the halos would release him eventually, but if i was in abreu's shoes,, i would do my very best to stay in great shape as a hitter, that would be the best recomendation letter that i would bring into the other team!!!

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