At one time, Lastings Milledge was one of the hottest prospects in all of baseball. At 21, he was the youngest player in all of baseball when the Mets brought him up in 2006, and he was a player with seemingly limitless tools. But one year later, the Mets had washed their hands of him, tired of his lackluster attitude, lack of respecPreview »t for the veterans and the “traditions of the game” and having to apologize for his X-rated rap songs.
So he was shipped off to the Washington Nationals, who have since made him and fellow problem child Elijah Dukes the centerpiece of their rebuilding plans. And Milledge, for one, would rather be with the Nationals than the Mets, despite the 29.5 game gap in the standings between the two teams last season. Why? Because, as he told the WASHINGTON POST, the Nationals let young players approach the game the right way - their way.