Aaron Bates was essentially fired. I thought I would be happy about this, but instead I feel sympathy. What if I got fired? What would I do? I don't even have an agent who will help me get another job.

There was a time that I liked Bates, and that was when he was in Portland.

Aaron Bates was really hot.

One time he hit a home run really far. I wasn't there when it happened.

I don't want to be an asshole who gloats every time a player gets released. I'll just save it for the major shitheads. Bates wasn't too bad. He just had some problems at the plate.

In a related story, Craig Hansen was released by the Pirates. Seems he had a rare nerve disorder, Parsonage-Turner. His mother must feel terrible about all this.

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