Years ago on the old Fastball site (I think) I pushed for the Reds to pick up a speedy Angels prospect by the name of Norm Hutchins. At the time Hutchins was a switch-hitting CF with a .312/.340/.490 line and was 32 for 42 on the basepaths.

This was 1998. And I hadn't thought about him since. Then for some reason he popped into my head today. So I looked him up only to discover that he just retired at the end of last year at age 36, after playing 18 years in the minors, the last 10 in unaffiliated leagues. He never saw an inning in the big leagues.

Norm!