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Still mourning the loss of Vlad? Read on, my friends...

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While Vlad had an incendiary first few months of the season, his year is coming crashing back to Earth in a big way: His slash line, since July 1, is .215/.276/.319, with 3 HR and 21 RBI over that time. Perhaps even more significantly, he has no IBB and 21 K to 10 BB over 144 AB. In short, he has become the player the Angels feared he would be if they signed him. While Matsui hasn't brought comfort in the guise of major offense, the resolution to Vlad's year has, in some small way, vindicated the thinking in the front office this past offseason. Meanwhile, read the linked story from Evan Grant, beat writer for the Dallas Morning News, for his plea, "Horror on the Basepaths: Rangers' Guerrero Must Be Stopped". Just as with last year, Vlad's legs haven't received the memo from his brain that he can't run with abandon anymore (actually, he hasn't been able to do so for years). Grant spells out clearly the way that the feel-good story of the Guerrero renaissance isn't feeling so good at the moment.

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