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    Haunted by walks
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    Ballplayer traded for bats dies of overdose

    I'm not sure the trade was the cause of it, but it probably didn't help:

    By BEN WALKER The Associated Press

    "Bat Man" or "Bat Guy" or "Bat Boy" ó that's what they called him.

    Ask the most hard-core baseball fan about John C. Odom and most likely you'll get a blank stare. Yet millions of people have heard of the slender right-hander.

    He was the minor league player traded for 10 maple bats.

    It became a big joke last May, when word of the unusual swap jumped off the sports pages, and Odom went from pitcher to punch line.

    He seemed to handle it well, too. A former prospect in the San Francisco Giants' chain ó future Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum bunked on his couch in Class A ball ó Odom gladly agreed to interviews. He kidded about the kooky deal that made him famous, saying it would make a better story if he reached the majors someday.

    "People are like, 'I'd kill myself' and stuff," Odom said at the time, dismissing any such notion.

    Three weeks after the trade, he abruptly left the team.

    Six months after the trade, he was dead.

    The medical examiner said Odom's death in Georgia on Nov. 5 at age 26 was an accidental overdose from heroin, methamphetamine, the stimulant benzylpiperazine and alcohol.

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    Re: Ballplayer traded for bats dies of overdose

    I know this isn't a recent story, but someone just informed me about it and sent me this video. It's sad, because at the time it seemed like Odom was having fun with all of this, but it apparently became too much to handle. The reporter for ESPN certainly didn't go easy on him.

    YouTube - minor league baseball player traded for 10 bats
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    Party like it's 1990 Blitz Dorsey's Avatar
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    Re: Ballplayer traded for bats dies of overdose

    Wow, he went down guns a blazin'. That is quite the combination of narcotics there.

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    Re: Ballplayer traded for bats dies of overdose

    Very sad.
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    Re: Ballplayer traded for bats dies of overdose

    Quote Originally Posted by Blitz Dorsey View Post
    Wow, he went down guns a blazin'. That is quite the combination of narcotics there.
    Kinda like he knew what he was doing?
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    Very sad.
    Yep, it sure is.
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    Re: Ballplayer traded for bats dies of overdose

    The ten bats that the Vipers received for Odom were never used, and the Vipers plan to auction them off for charity. Ripley's Believe It or Not! offered $10,000 for them.

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    Re: Ballplayer traded for bats dies of overdose

    Ya know, I remember hearing about this at the time but I never made a post about it. But that was such a tacky, unprofessional move by whatever parent team it was that traded him.

    They could have just as easily done it for an undisclosed, SMALL amount of cash if they were basically giving this guy away. Or they could have simply cut him. But in this age of electronic media that picks up on everything, to trade a guy for 10 bats, that's cruel.

    I know the guy made his own choices but you won't tell me that this trade had nothing to do with it. I hope the GM that made this move is haunted by it.
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