Where are they now? Lastings Milledge hitting, getting paid, and not eating raw horse meat

Mets fans all have one thing in common – self-loathing.  Nothing gives Mets fan a greater opportunity to commiserate than discussing failed prospects.  Failed prospects like the enigmatic Lastings Milledge. [Some writters on] This blog once considered Willie Mays a mere precursor to Lastings Milledge.  Well, it turns out, several years later, Lastings Milledge is not an elite MLB player.  He’s not even a MLB player at all.

LASTINGS MILLEDGE — SWALLOWS

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In 2012, Lastings Milledge took his talents to the Yakult Swallows (home of the Tsubamegun, whatever the hell that is…). The Swallows. Apparently, he has been a whiny bitch since moving over to the Swallows.

What to do about food (Yakult Swallows)

Lastings Milledge apparently is not a huge fan of rice or noodles and is having a hard time finding things he can eat at the team cafeteria.  He does like yakiniku and has gone out to eat some with teammate Wladimir Balentien on a number of occasions.  Orlando Roman used to Asian dishes and will eat pretty much eat anything that he is served.  He has even given raw horse meat a try.

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Lastings Milledge won’t even eat Japanese raw horse meat.  But he is playing baseball, when he isn’t arguing with umpires (100,000 yen fine really isn’t nearly as much money as it sounds).

I’ve never considered Lastings Milledge hard; he’s not Elijah Dukes. He’s more of an idiot/wannabe/douch.  Harmless.  He wouldn’t do this: Delmon Young Throws Bat at Umpire. Who is better at this point, Delmon Young, who is unsigned, or Lastings Milledge? This is a sad statement for both of them. I will go on a limb and say Lastings Milledge is better at this point in their careers, Delmon Young is getting worse, Lastings Milledge is getting better, more on Lastings Milledge’s current hitting prowress below.  This is a sad commentary for both players.

Oh yeah, so how has Lastings Milledge fared in Japan, when he isn’t bitching about the food and not eating raw horse?  He was 5th in batting in the Central League, with a .300 average (.300/.379/.485).  He played 125 games, hit 21 HR (2nd in Central League). He did not fare well on the base paths, stealing only 9 in 16 attempts.  Take that snarky NYT Bats Blog (awesome photo though).

All and all, a fairly successful NPB rookie year for Lastings Milledge, probably his best performance to date (Central League is considered the lesser league, compared to the Pacific League, much like the National League inferiority that Mets fans deny).  If Japan is AAAA, Lastings Milledge has proved he is a solid AAAA player, but we already knew that, right?  He made $500,000 his first year in Japan and just resigned for $4.4 million. Crazy right?

Lastings Milledge is still just 28 years old. What happens in 2014, if he improves on last year’s NPB numbers?   I think some MLB team will give him a shot, look at Jason Bay, Chone Figgins, Yunieski Bettancourt, somebody gave/will give those guys a chance, at least a minor league deal.  But giving up $4.4 million per year?  I think only NPB will offer that, so why leave?  All we know now, the Lastings Milledge saga continues.

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2009’s First Lastings Milledge Update

Lastings Milledge is sad.  This is because he is now playing baseball in Syracuse. The future Hall of Famer will be busy not hustling and showing up late for meetings for the Syracuse Chiefs.

The Nationals also managed to finally win a game last night, probably because they didn’t have Lastings and his .231 OBP at the top of the lineup.

Lastings Milledge Update VI

 

Well, Lastings did not like the fact that RA Dickey Dicks dropped him, and his tears certainly softened his performance. Our favorite 23-year-old has continued to slump. He’s now on pace to hit .252 with a .322 OBP, only 4 HRs, among 40 Extra Base hits, with 61 Runs Scored, 45 RBIs, and 12 steals, along with 106 ks and 45 walks.  (PS- his signature looks resembles a 4-year-olds) He’ll need to get hot soon if he’s going to make baseball people say the deal that sent Ryan Church and Brian Schneider to the Mets was a poor decision by Omar Minaya. Church is currently the Mets best hitter as Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, and David Wright continue to slump, while Jose Reyes is not living up to his best with the bat. Schneider, meanwhile, is handling the pitching staff well, and has been successful throwing out baserunners. 

-Lastings Milledge will be the next NFL franchise in Los Angeles. They/He will start play in 2015.

Lastings Milledge Update V

LASTINGS MILLEDGE is slowly losing the right to have his name capitalized. In his first 468 major league at bats (2006-2008), he has only 12 home runs. This year he has gone 31 for 118 (.263 avg) with 9 walks (.331 OBP), 10 extra base hits (1 home run), 15 runs scored, 11 RBIs, 3 steals with a 50% success rate, 22 Ks, and a .695 OPS. That projects over 600 ABs to 158 hits, 76 Runs, 5 HRs, 56 RBIs, 46 walks, 112 Ks, 15 SBs with 15 CS. Maybe Terrence Long wasn’t the right guy to compare him, maybe more accurately David DeJesus. Also, check out LASTINGS MILLEDGE in his striped shirt while he busts a rhyme. He’s both cool and tough.

-Trees dream of one day becoming a Lastings Milledge bat.

Lastings Milledge Update IV

Wonder boy – AKA LASTINGS MILLEDGE – has taken a stab at week 3 of being a full time starter. Let’s see how the Nationals CF is treating opposing pitchers (hopefully, those numbers are more impressive than this picture we dug up). Based on Lastings’ 75 at bats, he projects (over 600 abs) to a .280 Avg, .345 OBP, with 168 hits, 72 runs, 8 HRs, 48 RBIs, 16 Steals in 32 attempts, and 48 walks to 112 Ks. I hope he has his gangsta shoes on, because those numbers won’t get him much cash in arbitration. With CS % of 50%, it’s not too long before Manny Acta applies the permanent stop sign to this crazy rapper – sweet picture, though I hope Lastings notes teammate Elijah Duke’s mistakes and checks her birth certificate before he knocks her up.

It might be a while before LASTINGS MILLEDGE stars in an Eastern Motors Commercial.

-Lastings Milledge can split atoms with his warm-up swings.

Lastings Milledge Update III

Lastings is now on pace for a decent year: .308 AVG, .351 OBP, (and based on 550 ABs) 169 hits, 85 runs, 11 HRs, 53 RBIs, 11 SBs, 32 walks and 63 Ks. All things considered, a year like that might not live up to the hype that LASTINGS MILLEDGE has generated for himself, but it wouldn’t be a terrible first full year campaign. At the very least, he might get me to stop calling him the next Terrence Long.

In other news, look at him stretch out to avoid the tag at the plate. That is just a glimpse of the future supermanning that LASTINGS MILLEDGE will accomplish.

-Lastings Milledge’s arm is so strong that the ball will appear in the fielder’s glove before he even throws it.

Lastings Milledge Update II

Heading into today’s action, Lastings was 7 for 26 with 1 walk in 6 games. Today he went 1 for 4, so make that 8 for 30. He’s hit 2 extra base hits including 1 HR. He has also scored 5 runs and driven in 2. He has 2 multi-hit games in those 6, which is relatively impressive for the next coming of Terrance Long. He’s also struck out 4 times in those 31 plate appearances. After 7 games he projects to a .313 OBP with 96 Runs scored, 19 HRs, 40 RBIs, and 0 SB in 2008. He’s also projected to have 19 doubles and no triples. Those number might keep him in the league a couple more years than my original expectation – maybe the next coming of Corey Patterson without the 40+ SB potential? At least he gets on base at opportune moments. Lastings has also grown longer dreadlocks since this picture was taken.

-Would you like to see Lastings circle the earth on foot? Would you like to see it again?