After the Cardinals released long time veterans and bad baseball players Koyie Hill and Alex Cora over the weekend, many fans rejoiced that the team would no longer hang on to players solely for their veterany goodness. Said phenomenon ("The Mike Gallego Sequence") has seemingly left with Tony La Russa, and the Cardinals are free to use inexpensive, younger players as their roster filler.
In regards to former terrible Cardinals, our weekly check-in on Corey Patterson (just to make sure he is never a free agent who could sneak into Roger Dean stadium and put on his old uniform to try to trick someone into thinking he still plays for the Cardinals) informs us that he will be playing (poorly) in Nashville for the Milwaukee Brewers AAA team.
There actually is something poignant about a former top prospect who could probably happily retire at the age of 32 hanging on in the minor leagues for the love of the game and to prove he can get back to the level he was at before his body betrayed him long ago. We respect that and wish him the best of luck.
We also hope he never sees this article (published last fall):
Corey Patterson, OF: At 32, Patterson is not the weapon he once was, but he provides a veteran presence that can offer some value to an outfield. Patterson endured mixed results in 133 games split between the Blue Jays and Cardinals in 2011 (.239, six homers, 36 RBIs, 13 stolen bases), but he has experience hitting in all parts of the lineup (he has 100 or more career at-bats in every spot of the order except third, fourth and fifth) and could be an asset if he regains his legs and consistency at the plate.
That's right, Corey Patterson has experience hitting anywhere in the lineup, except where the good hitters hit.