The Curious Case of Matt Harrington
November 3, 2009 11:24 AM Subscribe
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When people think of the pitfalls of the baseball draft, it is hard not to remember the story of Matt Harrington
. Harrington was drafted in the first round of the MLB draft by the Rockies and the Padres in successive years, only to go back into the draft after failing to reach an agreement each time. As the years went by, his stock kept falling.
Harrington's flirtation with the majors ended in 2004 when he was drafted with the 1,089th pick by the Yankees
Joe Posnanski wrote about Harrington's saga in 2006
, saying that this was a parable about athlete greed.
ESPN wrote a piece
about it earlier this year, showing Harrington's rapid decline in draft position and struggles as a result of the negative publicity he received.
Harrington currently works at Costco for $11.50 an hour.