I'll always like Mike MacDougal because he was one of the first players I remember having a lot of potential only to see it go unrealized. I know it happened with plenty of players but for some MacDougal is a guy I remember vividly from back in the day.â†µ
He opted out of his contract with the Nationals last week and recently signed with the, ugh, Cardinals.â†µ
This should help you if you don't remember him:â†µ
MacDougal made his major league debut in September 2001 as a 100 mph-throwing starter, but after a series of medical setbacks was converted to relief. In 2003, he saved 27 games and was an American League All-Star.â†µ
Following more health problems, MacDougal lost his closer's job and was dispatched to the minor leagues, only to recapture his ninth-inning role with the Royals in 2005. After an injury-plagued first-half of 2006, he was traded to the Chicago White Sox at the deadline for a pair of minor leaguers.
He set the franchise rookie saves record in July that year.â†µ
No word yet if the Cardinals used any toasted ravioli to convince him to come to St. Louis.â†µ
Or maybe St. Louis enticed him with their cracker pizza. Or the Arch. Or the best fans in MLB (as reported by a, uh, St. Louis-based magazine).â†µ
Yep, no word on any of those yet.