NEW YORK - It was a bit funny listening to part of Clint Hurdle's response to my question about why Alen Hanson didn't get much playing time while he was in the majors.

"There's been challenges for his game throughout the minor leagues," Hurdle said. "If you've followed them you're aware of them. We tried to help him make some marginal gains to become a more consistent player here in the two months we were here. We didn't see enough right now to continue in the vein we were in with him."

The "if you've followed him" part was a bit amusing, because I am definitely aware of Hanson's challenges, specifically the biggest one dealing with his consistency. We've been following that on this site for years now, dating back to when Hanson burst on the scene as a top prospect.

It was overlo...

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