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LaRussa, McGwire Turning Rasmus Into a Slap Hitter

This is fascinating and kinda scary. Upset that Rasmus is hitting too many fly balls (which sometimes, you know, leave the park), the Cards have put him on a no-weights, all-running offseason program. The idea is that he'll hit fewer than 10 homers next year but "be more consistent." Man, I know the Braves aren't trading for him, but somebody needs to before the kid gets too screwed up to reach his potential. This reminds me of the year the Mets told David Wright to hit to the opposite field, except Wright was further along in his development and was able to bounce back. Not sure that Rasmus will (though I hope so). I don't understand why a team would sabotage one of their assets out of spite like this. Also, it's pretty ironic that Mark McGwire is teaching a player to hit fewer fly balls and strike out less, no?

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