Originally written on The Flagrant Fan  |  Last updated 3/17/12
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Ah! The life of a baseball writer. After pouring over spring results and stats on a Saturday morning, the search was on for a glimmer of a post idea. The search led to Luis Mendoza of the Kansas City Royals. Wow! He's having a good spring! And this is after a strong Triple A campaign and two excellent starts in September with the big club. This was the story idea that was needed. Luis Mendoza is a sleeper pick! But since the fear of being stupid is one of the strongest motivators, the thought occurred that perhaps opinions on the subject should be culled from others. The result? Nobody believes in the guy. Something certainly seemed to happen last year that turned Mendoza's life around last year. To explain that statement, we need a little history first. The Mexican pitcher was signed by the Red Sox as a free agent way back in 2000. Mendoza was seventeen years old. He kicked around in the Red Sox lower minors for years and apparently hit a wall in 2005. The San Diego Padres c...
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