Time to Pull Plug on Failing Stars

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Time to Pull Plug on Failing Stars
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Former celebrated prospects Dustin Ackley and Jesus Montero were dishonorably demoted to Triple-A within the past week from the major-league ranks. Just 18 months ago, these two entities were visualized as franchise cornerstones, with their bats energizing a dormant Seattle lineup. Now the duo finds itself banished to the mighty Rainiers of Tacoma. (Note: don't misconstrue this as reprobation on the city of Tacoma. I'm told it's a lovely place with hard-working folk and first-class craft brews. Furthermore, I love everything about the macrocosm of minor-league baseball. Still, going from Safeco Field's capacity of 47,000 patrons to playing in front of a crowd whose size mirrors a high-school basketball contest – or worse, a Marlins game – has to be destructive to one's morale.)

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