Eaton responds to 'selfish' comment from ex-teammate

Eaton responds to 'selfish' comment from ex-teammate
January 1, 2014, 9:30 pm
CSN Staff

After an anonymous ex-teammate told a Phoenix-area radio station that Adam Eaton was a "selfish me-type player," the White Sox outfielder said he was surprised by the remark.

"I haven’t heard anything about any of it,” Eaton told AZCentral.com. “I didn’t have any indication. I felt like I left on pretty good terms. I felt like I had a pretty good relationship with most of the guys and the PR department and a lot of the front office people. After the trade they called me and kind of wished me good luck.”

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Among the other criticisms levied against Eaton: that he "irked people in the clubhouse" and that his attitude "had a tendency to wear on people." Perhaps this is an instance of just one player having beef with the 25-year-old.

And as Hardball Talk's Craig Calcaterra points out, Eaton was just the kind of player Arizona wanted -- a scrappy, grinder-type guy who always played with energy -- so it's a little weird he's being criticized on his way out.