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Old 01-31-2013, 10:40 PM
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Originally Posted by kenobi 65 View Post
Not only did Templeton fade as a Padre (he never hit over .300 again after the trade), but Smith's batting improved substantially after the trade (he went from a .231 hitter as a Padre, to hitting .272 as a Cardinal).
In fairness there's just no way you could have anticipated that. St. Louis traded Templeton because of a perceived attitude problem, for which there is some objective evidence. Nobody at the time anticipated that Templeton had seen his best days at age 25, nor did anyone think a hitter as bad as Ozzie Smith (though he was rightly regarded as a defensive genius) would become one of the best players in the league.