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Halladay is a clubhouse cancer




"No one questions Roy Halladay's production, but the Blue Jays clubhouse may be a more comfortable place without the Cy Young winner around.


Mark Rutsey of the Toronto Sun writes that Halladay, traded to the Phils over the winter, was mostly a loner during his time in Toronto.


"The problem with Halladay was simply that he was so dedicated, worked so hard and had such a talent gap between himself and the others - he was buddies with Chris Carpenter way back and more recently for a time with A.J. Burnett, two pitchers who came close to matching his talent - that the younger pitchers were intimidated and didn't know how to approach him," Rutsey writes.


"Everybody's a lot more loose and relaxed and laid-back, myself included," pitcher Shaun Marcum told the Sun. "

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Why is that ballplayers seem to have fragile psyches not unlike teenage girls with low self-esteem. You have a great pitcher like that, and you're really more relaxed that your team is worse? Because you felt scared to go up and talk to him? This stuff doesn't add up to me. Its like the organization tells them they have to put a positive spin on when a fan favorite leaves to lessen the PR blow to the front office.
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