For McLouth, Health Leads to Hits

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So: Nate McLouth.

Ask Pirates and Braves fans about him and you'll get an assortment of curses. Those might be well deserved. As a Pirate, he hit .256/.334/.451 (.785 OPS) over 6 total years and 1741 PA, which is respectable enough. As a Brave, he hit a mere .229/.335/.364 (.699 OPS) over 3 years and 1005 PA, which is less so. Of course, the major problem that Pirates fans have with him is that when Pittsburgh brought him back to begin 2012, after a disappointing .677 OPS season with Atlanta in 2011, his line through 62 PA was .140/.210/.175 (.385 OPS), and the Pirates pretty much decided they'd had their fill of that by the end of the first month of the season. He was designated for assignment, bounced around the minors a bit, and found his way to the Baltimore...

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