Originally written November 21, 2011 on Rockies Review:
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Ty Wigginton is gone. That is good news to anyone who watched the third baseman/first baseman/left fielder/right fielder struggle at every position that he was ridiculously put into.Even worse than his defense, Wigginton at the plate was even worse. It went beyond his .163 batting average with men in scoring position. That was just the bitter fruit that resulted from the tree of Wigginton. The problem went beyond not being "clutch," the problem had everything to do with Wigginton's inability to change his approach at the plate.The 34 year-old didn't play the game the right way. He came to the plate with the exact same approach every time he stepped to the plate. Instead of realizing that he was a utility-type of player, instead of being a role player, Wigginton thought he was the next Mark McGwire. Every time he stepped to the plate, he swung for the fences, whether there were runners on base, whether he had two strikes, whether the team was down by one run and the...
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