The Importance of (Robert) Being Earnest

Robert Nilsson is in danger of taking a (called) strike two in his major league career. Already sent along (from NYI) as part of a three-pronged trade for a rental, Nilsson had one strong season that led to a payday and has been skipping classes and allowing his mind to wander since that day. Most of us can relate at some level. As someone whose reports cards often contained the phrase “needs to apply himself” there’s no doubt Nilsson’s plight has an ‘everyman’ quality to it.

However, it is incredibly galling to watch someone with his talent level waste opportunity after opportunity. Nilsson is an exceptionally talented player that math has adored (2.37 5×5/60 in 07-08) in the past and condemned in the most recent full season. This year? Math and circumstance appear to be conspiring against Kenta’s kid and it looks for all the world like he’ll be down in the count 0-2 in another town very soon.

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