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banyon
05-26-2008, 10:43 AM
Minor leaguer traded for baseball bats
ASSOCIATED PRESS
May 23, 2008
http://www.newsday.com/sports/ny-spbats0524,0,7466168.story

McALLEN, Texas - During three years in the low minors, John Odom never really made a name for himself. That sure changed this week -- he's the guy who was traded for a bunch of bats.

"I don't really care," he said Friday. "It'll make a better story if I make it to the big leagues."

For now, Odom is headed to the Laredo Broncos of the United League. They got him Tuesday from the Calgary Vipers of the Golden Baseball League for a most unlikely price: 10 Prairie Sticks Maple Bats, double-dipped black, 34-inch, C243 style.

"They just wanted some bats, good bats -- maple bats," Broncos general manager Jose Melendez said.


According to the Prairie Sticks Web site, their maple bats retail for $69 each, discounted to $65.50 for purchases of six to 11 bats. "It will be interesting to see what 10 bats gets us," Melendez said.

The Canadian team signed Odom about a month ago, but couldn't get the 26-year-old righty into the country. It seems Odom had a "minor" but unspecified criminal record that wasn't revealed to immigration officials before they scanned his passport, Vipers president Peter Young said.

Odom said the charge stemmed from a fight he was in at age 17. Although he thought it had been expunged from his record, it popped up during immigration.

Odom spent hundreds of dollars driving to the Canadian border and staying at a Montana hotel while the matter was sorted out. He then drove to Laredo after the trade.

Originally from Atlanta, Odom was drafted late by the San Francisco Giants in 2003. He pitched 38 games, all in Class A, from 2004-06, and was released by the organization this spring.Laredo intends to activate Odom on Monday and have him make his first start Wednesday. Odom said he was supposed to be traded for Laredo's best hitter.

But when that player balked at moving to Calgary, the bats entered the deal. Laredo offered cash for Odom, but Young said that was "an insult."

The bat trade wasn't the first time Calgary came up with some creative dealmaking. The Vipers once tried to acquire a pitcher for 1,500 blue seats when they were renovating their stadium, Young said.

Adept Havelock
05-26-2008, 10:44 AM
http://chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=185129

Wow. This has to be the most insulting trade since Penny Lane was traded to Humble Pie for $50 and a case of Heineken.

Bowser
05-26-2008, 10:46 AM
PICTURE TIME!

Skip Towne
05-26-2008, 10:51 AM
repost

banyon
05-26-2008, 10:53 AM
http://chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=185129

AW s***. Im still not used to having the search function back! LMAO

banyon
05-26-2008, 10:54 AM
PICTURE TIME!

Cheers. :toast:

Bowser
05-26-2008, 10:57 AM
Cheers. :toast:

I bet that was teir anniversary dinner.

Adept Havelock
05-26-2008, 10:57 AM
Mmmm.....cake.

Adept Havelock
05-26-2008, 10:58 AM
:eek:

Bowser
05-26-2008, 11:00 AM
Mmmm.....cake.

Disturbing and tasty, all in one!

banyon
05-26-2008, 11:01 AM
:eek:

WTF is that?

banyon
05-26-2008, 11:02 AM
3 points!

Bowser
05-26-2008, 11:03 AM
:hmmm:

L.A. Chieffan
05-26-2008, 11:05 AM
3 points!

I'm sorry, but Jordan woulda OWNED Lenin

Bowser
05-26-2008, 11:05 AM
';l

WilliamTheIrish
05-26-2008, 11:05 AM
WTF is that?

It's a relative of Jason Bennett.

Bugeater
05-26-2008, 11:06 AM
http://img367.imageshack.us/img367/2787/pic00467cr7.jpg

Bowser
05-26-2008, 11:08 AM
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Adept Havelock
05-26-2008, 11:17 AM
WTF is that?

An exercise in bizarre taxidermy.

banyon
05-26-2008, 11:18 AM
wait...wait...

Bowser
05-26-2008, 11:18 AM
yes

Adept Havelock
05-26-2008, 11:18 AM
:hmmm:

Adept Havelock
05-26-2008, 11:19 AM
LMAO

banyon
05-26-2008, 11:19 AM
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or:

Bowser
05-26-2008, 11:20 AM
:spock:

Adept Havelock
05-26-2008, 11:24 AM
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Adept Havelock
05-26-2008, 11:27 AM
Vanity...

Bowser
05-26-2008, 11:32 AM
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Sam Hall
05-26-2008, 12:06 PM
I'm sure the Royals could get 12 bats for Pena.

What are you waiting for, Dayton?

OnTheWarpath58
05-26-2008, 12:07 PM
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