LMilz Takes His Act to the Far East
According to various sources, former Met Lastings Milledge (above with his dad, Florida State Trooper Tony) has signed to play with the Yakult Swallows of Japan in 2012:
As Met fans remember, Milledge was once among the top prospects in the Met system. After a very good minor league career and much hype, Milledge struggled in 2006 with the big club, but did improve in 2007. After various incidents including high-fiving fans after a big hit and supposed run-ins with veterans, the very staid Mets organization decided to trade him to Washington for Ryan Church and Brian Schneider.
Given a chance to play every day for the Nats in 2008, Milledge had a decent but decidedly unspectacular season. In 2009 he was traded to the Pirates, then later wound up as a free agent signing with the White Sox. He spent 2011 in AAA and had a pretty good but not overly productive year.
Now he heads off to Japan, where he will earn nearly 600K.
This writer was a big fan of Milledge and wishes him well. Some American players have gone to Japan and far exceeded their MLB success. Here’s hoping that he can follow in the footsteps of at least Tuffy Rhodes or Randy Bass, or maybe even pull a Cecil Fielder and return to the US and become a star.
There was no word on whether Manny D will accompany LMilz to pursue his rap career in the Land of the Rising Sun.