Former Pirate Jeff King Couldn't Stand Baseball

Here's a brief piece by Joe Posnanski on former Pirate and 1986 No. 1 overall draft choice Jeff King, who apparently disliked playing baseball - a lot:

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His manager in Kansas City, Tony Muser, used to tell a story about how he heard King moaning one day about the National Anthem. Muser, a former Marine, was shocked but King explained: "Every time they play this song, I have a bad day." King hit 30 home runs and 36 doubles in 1996, his best year, and followed with 28 homers, 30 doubles and 89 walks in Kansas City in 1987, but he generally looked like he would rather be anyplace else on earth.

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Posnanski goes on to mention that King's abrupt retirement in 1999 came one day after he qualified for a major-league pension. It seems like a shame that King so disliked a profession that many folks would give anything to have. In late 1996, he Bucs traded him with Jay Bell to the Royals for Joe Randa and three other players. Less than two-and-a-half years later, he was gone for good. Here's hoping he's found his bliss elsewhere.

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