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David Post over at the Volokh Conspiracy is dead wrong about the World's Worst Trade.

That honor - in baseball, at least - goes to the Atlanta Braves for getting Len Barker from Cleveland for a player to be named later.

My favorite non-Yankee baseball player EVERNot only did that player turn out to be Brett Butler, but Butler found out about it before he was supposed to and had to play out his time with the Braves knowing that he was being traded for Barker, who amounted to nothing compared to the rest of Butler's careers.

That's when the Braves were full of coulda, shoulda, wouldas. Dale Murphy, Bob Horner, Butler, Rafael Ramirez, Chris Chambliss, Claudell Washington, Pascual Perez....man, I loved that team. They even had a catcher named Biff Pocaroba. What a great name.

Sometime after the Butler fiasco and Murphy's retirement, my love for the Braves turned into abject hatred.

And so it stands.

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Michele, you know your baseball........ You f**in rock!

The first time I had any second thoughts about GWB was when I found out he was behind sending Sammy Sosa to the cubs.
That was a pretty bad trade. If Texas had Sosa along with ARod they might even be able to climb out of the cellar.

Biff Pocoroba! Man, I haven't heard that name in a while... You forgot Jeff Burroughs, Gary Matthews, Barry Bonnell and Jerry Royster.... and, of course, Phil Niekro.

OK, that was a very bad trade, but it probably wouldn't even make the top 10.

How about?:

Cubs trade Lou Brock to Cards for Ernie Broglio.

Expos trade Randy Johnson, Brian Holman and Gene Harris to Mariners for Mark Langston.

Cubs trade George Bell to White Sox for Sammy Sosa.

Orioles trade Curt Schilling, Pete Harnisch and Steve Finley to Astros for Glenn Davis.

Mets trade Nolan Ryan, Don Rose, Leroy Stanton and Francisco Estrada to California for Jim Fregosi.

Dodgers trade Pedro Martinez to Montreal for Delino DeShields.

Jeff Bagwell for Larry Anderson was a shining Red Sox moment.

Don't forget Chris Chambliss and Glenn Hubbard. And the one of the last great sidearmish pitchers, Gene Garber.

I remember when Pascual Perez couldn't find his way to the stadium for the game and wound up driving three laps on I-285.

I'm still a Braves fan by default, but to be honest, I've not cared one whit about baseball since the last strike.

Well, Solonor beat me to the Bagwell deal ("So, there's this guy, but he plays third base, and we already have an All-Star third baseman, so I guess we can't use him. I know! We should trade him for a rent-a-player to help us down the stretch!" "Say, Bob, the Red Sox want to trade us this third baseman -- what would we do with one of those?" "I dunno, Lou. Try him out at first?"), On the receiving end, though, howabout the Sox getting Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek, and sending the Seattle Mariners Heathcliffe Slocumb in return?

HA!

I was living in Atlanta when "Perimeter" Pascual took his famous drive.

Forget his name, but at the time the Braves had a, ahem, very LARGE pitcher (was it Terry Forster? I forget) I remember Letterman joking that when Forster pitched, it was "Bring a Covered Dish Night' at Fulton County Stadium

they also had Manager JOE TORRE.

I can top you all with one sentence:

I'm a Phillies fan.

Got you all beat for at least the most pointless trade, though I can't remember the guy's name and don't have time to look it up (somebody help me if you have the name).

He was traded for a "player to be named later". After a month or so, he was so bad that HE was "named later" and sent back to his original team.

I'm in the group who think it's just way cool that you're a knowledgeable baseball fan, Michele.

Of course, my admiration is somewhat tempered by the fact that you like the damn Yankees. However, even though I've never been able to stand Steinbrenner, seeing that I'm a lifelong Cardinals fan I can't hate the Yanks too much in light of the fact that Joe Torre is their manager. Now when they fire Joe...

Speaking of Joe, check out this link: http://www.kskssports.com/ksks_sports/sports_illustrated/1970s/images/si7_4_28.jpeg

Ken Summers, I believe the player you're thinking of is Rob Ducey.