The most powerful, often painful impact of a baseball trade can be when a player is moved by the team that drafted him. That's according to Jeff Banister, who's experienced pretty much every role, every level of the game in his life, from participant to roving minor-league instructor to big-league manager to his current role with the Pirates as one of Neal Huntington's special assistants.
"That's your team, the day your name is called," Banister was sharing with me earlier this week in St. Louis. "The day you put on that uniform, that becomes your dream, to wear that in the big leagues. There's a real attachment there. An emotional attachment."