Hart remains legit 20-homer/20-steal candidate

It wasn't long ago that Corey Hart was one of the hottest fantasy baseball choices in the game, the rare hitter with 30-homer, 30-steal upside. The Milwaukee Brewers outfielder posted a 20/20 season in those two categories in both 2007 and 2008 and seemed to be entering his prime. Our 2008 draft kit led with a grand photo of Hart, with colleague Matthew Berry touting him as a top-25 player and an image of a bright, red heart screaming "I heart Hart!" And Matthew had every reason to do so, given what Hart had just accomplished (.295 average, 24 homers, 81 RBIs, 86 runs, 23 steals in 2007).

Even when Hart failed to improve his 2007 numbers in 2008 but masked the disappointment with 20 home runs, 91 RBIs and 23 stolen bases, Hart was selected in the seventh round in ESPN average live drafts in the spring of 2009.

Now fast-forward a mere 10 months. Just two weeks ago, Corey Hart went undrafted in our first 2010 mock draft. Well that didn't take long! That's a faster fall from grace than Jay Leno's.

What got me thinking about Hart on this fine Monday morning -- it's February, and pitchers and catchers report to spring training in two weeks -- was a tweet from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Tom Haudricourt:

    "Believe it or not, Brewers RF Corey Hart has lost 22 pounds this winter. Didn't look like he had 22 to lose. Said he did 'insanity' program."