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Sometimes less is more

Ron Clements@Ron_ClementsCorrespondent IJune 16, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 31:  St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa speaks to the umpires during their game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on May 31, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The St. Louis Cardinals need to think more about just the bottom line, and consider the feelings of their fellow human beings.

Apparently dealing with a basketcase like Khalil Greene hasn't taught the Cardinals how to deal with people. The Cardinals called a high school kid in St. Louis twice on day two of the draft, telling him he was on their board and asking what it would take to sign him. By the end of the draft on Thursday, Oakville High School's Drew Levi went undrafted.

St. Louis director of player development Jeff Luhnow had good reasons for not drafting the smooth-swinging, 6-foot-2 outfielder, saying the Cardinals were seven deep in the outfield at the rookie league level already and that Levi would benefit more from a year in college.

If you know that going in, then why do you even call the kid and get his hopes up. He wouldn't have been disappointed as he was by not being drafted, but two separate phone calls from your hometown Major League club telling you they're interested makes going undrafted feel even worse.

Don't make the call unless you plan on taking the kid - otherwise just leave it. The Cardinals did select one local St. Louis player, and several other players were also selected.


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