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Smells Like Teen Spirit: Indians Lose Out on Venezuelan Prodigy


Rougned Odor

Emma Span of awarded the Baseball Name of the Week to recent Rangers signee Rougned Odor. The 16-year-old hails from Venezuela, and also happens to be the nephew of Akron Aeros coach Rouglas Odor.

The Indians have employed the elder Odor as a minor league manager or coach for the past 10 seasons, including the last two seasons as the hitting coach for Kinston.

A quick word about that: Odor’s career minor-league batting line, compiled almost entirely below AA, is .248/.299/.324.  And the Tribe employed him as a hitting coach.  I guess it’s true that those who can’t do, teach.  (And those who can’t teach, blog.)

And yet, despite the Indians’ continued loyalty and generosity, Odor still couldn’t deliver to them his 16-year-old prodigy of a nephew.

That stinks.


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