Remember Ben McDonald?

Wow, this guy’s a blast from the past.  He was good, but nowhere near the level he should have been. The first overall pick in 1989, he was extremely hyped coming out of LSU.

I hate to remind you, but here’s a list of players drafted after, and who were  better than Ben (ironically a few ended up being Orioles at some point in their careers): Tim Salmon, Jeff Bagwell, Scott Erickson, Chuck Knoblaugh, Mo Vaughn, Frank Thomas, Charles Johnson, Jim Thome, Brian Giles, Ryan Klesko, Jeff Kent, Jason Giambi, and Trevor Hoffman.

Now, it’s probably unfair to complain about all the players drafted after the first round, because the MLB draft has the poorest yield rate of any professional sports draft. I think the player we’re most upset about is Frank Thomas, drafted by the White Sox with the seventh pick. Can you imagine the 1996/97/98 O’s with the Big Hurt in their lineup? What if …

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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