February 2, 2011

Brien Taylor Featured Card of the Week

The Yankees drafted Brien Taylor with the first overall pick in the 1991 draft. But after defending his brother in a first fight, he suffered a dislocated shoulder on his pitching arm and never reached the majors.

Only one other first overall pick has never reached the majors: Steve Chilcott in 1966 (thanks, Wikipedia).

If Taylor hadn’t injured his arm during that fight, maybe we’d be talking about Taylor debating retirement right now.

My dad has always said Taylor’s story would make a great book: stories of athletes with extremely high expectations who never lived up. I say it would be a cool book, but it wouldn’t sell because the common fan wouldn’t know the players in it. Your thoughts?

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