Khalil Greene

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Khalil Thabit Greene

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Khalil Greene owns the top two home run and RBI outputs ever by a San Diego Padres shortstop.

Greene was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2001 originally but did not sign. He was reportedly offended by the fact that he wasn't drafted higher. He went back to play at Clemson and was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2002. He made his Major League debut on September 3, 2003 with the Padres and put on a show defensively, making a handful of diving stops He was among the top candidates for Rookie of the Year in 2004, but missed some time due to a finger injury. While Greene is considered one of if not the best defensive shortstops in Padres history, he began to struggle offensively. After striking out for the 100th time in 2008, Greene punched a crate in the dugout and broke his wrist, causing him to miss the rest of the season. The Padres decided they didn't want to deal with him anymore after this, and that off-season, they sent him to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for Mark Worrell and Luke Gregerson. Greene's mental health began to decline in 2009, and he was placed in the disabled list after it was revealed that he was cutting himself. Teammate, Albert Pujols tried to act as a mentor for Greene while he struggled with his mental health, but it didn't really help much, as Greene seemed unable to recover and performed awfully that year as a result. Some Cardinal teammates claimed that Greene would scratch himself really hard with his fingernails if he was unable to field a ball properly during warm-ups. In 2010 Greene signed a deal with the Texas Rangers but began to suffer again from his issues and his contract was voided before Spring Training. He never played another game after this.

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