When the Pirates acquired Lastings Milledge last June, most of the trepidation expressed by fans and members of the media focused on his poor off-the-field reputation. This was particularly concerning to some because he was traded for Nyjer Morgan, who was known to have a very positive impact in the locker room. Personally, I felt that many of Milledge’s issues had probably been exaggerated to some degree. I was chiefly worried about baseball-related issues, namely his poor defense and free-swinging ways at the plate.

Milledge was a model citizen after the trade last year and he has taken that to new heights in 2010. His hustle on the field has been borderline ridiculous, including all-out sprints on routine pop-ups. All reports indicate that he has attacked every day at the park wit...

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