Heathcliff, Flash & Cecilio Guante
By Bill Simmons
Page 2 columnist

THE NEW GUY
Recent Boston examples from the past 15 years: Manny Ramirez, Carl Everett, Jose Offerman, Tony Pena, Frank Viola, Jack Clark, Pedro Martinez, Nick Esasky, Jose Canseco, Jeff Reardon.

THE WASHED-UP GUY
Recent examples: Gary Gaetti, Bob Hamelin, Mike Marshall, Larry Parrish, Billy Joe Robidoux, Steve Lyons, Dan Petry, Derek Lilliquist, Alejandro Pena, Keith Shephard, Kevin Mitchell, Shane Mack, David West, Bill Buckner, Rob Deer, Wes Chamberlain.

THE SLEEPERS
Recent examples: Hideo Nomo, Heathcliff Slocumb, Danny Darwin, Otis Nixon, Mark Whiten, Wil Cordero, Luis Alicea, Jim Leyritz, Flash Gordon, Ivan Calderon.

THE UNHAPPY GUY
Recent examples: Dante Bichette, Mike Lansing, Darren Lewis, Jody Reed, Jack Clark, Steve Avery, Lee Smith.

THE POSITION CHANGE
Recent examples: Manny Ramirez, Scott Hatteberg, Flash Gordon, Carlos Quintana, John Valentin, Reed, Ellis Burks, Donnie Sadler, Ron Mahay, Calvin Schiraldi.

THE FINAL STRAW
Recent examples: Donnie Sadler, Vince Coleman, Wes Gardner, Jeff Sellers, Calvin Schiraldi, Phil Plantier, Mo Vaughn, Greg Blosser, Mike Gardiner, Sam Horn.

THE RECLAMATION PROJECT
Recent examples: Cone, Jeff Fassero, Martinez, Avery, Chris Bosio, Al Nipper, Bret Saberhagen, Wakefield.

THE NEW COACH WITH THE MAGIC WAND
Recent examples: Rick Down, Joe Kerrigan, Tommy Harper, Walt Hrniak, Mike Easler, Al Nipper, Jim Rice.

THE SPEED GUY
Recent examples: Jeff Stone, LaSchelle Tarver, Wayne Housie, Jeff McNeeley, Lee Tinsley, Dwayne Hosey, Karl Rhodes, Alex Cole, Milt Cuyler, Michael Coleman, Jesus Tavarez, Curtis Pride, Donnie Sadler, Herm Winningham, Jon Nunnally.

THE INJURED-BUT-HOPEFUL PITCHER
Recent examples: Saberhagen (two straight years!), Ramon Martinez, Darwin, Frank Viola, Al Nipper, Greg Harris.

THE GUY WHO CAME OUT OF NOWHERE
Recent examples: Morgan Burkhart, Dana Kiecker, Rudy Pemberton, Dwayne Hosey, Troy O'Leary, Bob Zupcic, Vaughn Eschelman, Daubach.

THE GUY LOOKING TO MAKE AMENDS
Recent examples: Everett, Mo, Wade Boggs, Roger Clemens, Wes Gardner.

THE GUILLOTINE GUY
Recent examples: Castillo, Fassero, Saberhagen, Darwin, Hippie Pichardo, Gordon.

THE DEPARTED, BITTER STAR
Recent examples: Gordon, Reggie Jefferson, Mo, Clemens, Canseco, Dwight Evans, Boggs, Greenwell, Reed, Carlton Fisk, Bruce Hurst.

THE ALPHA DOGS
Recent examples: Clemens, Mo, Pedro, Nomar, Greenwell.

THE CLUBHOUSE LEADER
Recent examples: Saberhagen, Cone, Don Baylor, Stanley, Darwin, Andre Dawson, Greenwell, Clemens.

THE JOURNEYMAN PITCHER WHO FINDS A HOME
Recent examples: Pichardo, Jeff Gray, Bryce Florie, Mike Stanton, Wakefield, Mike Maddux, Scott Bankhead, Tony Fossas, Harris, Stan Belinda, Joe Hesketh.

THE QUIRKY VETERAN
Recent examples: Billy Hatcher, Saberhagen, Leyritz, Jeff Russell, Joe Sambito, Mitchell.

THE GUY WHO ALWAYS WANTED TO PLAY HERE
Recent examples: Mark Portugal, Lou Merloni, Marty Cordova, Jim Corsi, Bruce Kison, Rob Murphy, Dennis Eckersley.

THE FOURTH OUTFIELDER WHO COULD START ON MANY OTHER TEAMS
Recent examples: O'Leary, Buford, Darren Lewis, Kevin Romine, Zupcic, Darren Bragg, Andy Tomberlin, Reid Nichols, Todd Benzinger.

THE RETURN ENGAGEMENT
Recent examples: Rheal Cormier, Eckersley, Lyons, Buckner, Reggie Harris, Kent Mercker.

THE STAR NOBODY CAN FIGURE OUT
Examples from the past two decades (Boston and non-Boston): Boggs, Henderson, Barry Bonds, Dave Parker, Dave Steib, Garry Sheffield, Juan Gonzalez, Clemens.

THE LAST STAND
Recent examples: Gedman, Cone, Beck, Marty Barrett, Tim Naehring, Dwight Evans, Eckersley, Jefferson.

THE BREAKOUT YEAR
Recent examples: Tomo Ohka, Nixon, Eric Wedge, Ken Ryan, Joe Hudson, John Wasdin, Aaron Sele, Robinson Checo, Plantier, John Valentin, Nomar.

THE PHENOM
Recent examples: Shea Hillenbrand, Horn, Steve Lomasney, Naehring, Burks, Brady Anderson, Scott Cooper, Lyons, Plantier, Morton, Wes Gardner, Nomar, Frankie Rodriguez, Nixon, Jeff Suppan, Dernell Stenson, Mo.

THE NIGHTMARE PITCHER FROM HELL
Recent examples: Matt Young, Wakefield, Wasdin (two years running), Schiraldi, Mark Clear, John Dopson, Avery, Steve Crawford, Sele, Stanley.

THE GUY WITH SOMETHING TO PROVE
Recent examples: Clemens, Valentin, O'Leary, Viola, Greenwell.

THE PITCHER WHO JUST NEEDED TO HAVE HIS MECHANICS TWEAKED
Recent examples: Cormier, Fassero, Kip Gross, Avery, Erik Hanson, Wasdin, Chris Hammond, Butch Henry, Hesketh, Robinson Checo, Wakefield.

THE LOVABLE BENCH GUY
Recent examples: Craig Grebeck, Manny Alexander, Jeff Frye, Randy Kutcher, Mike Brumley, Scott Fletcher, Spike Owen, Ernest Riles, Mike Benjamin, Lyons, Luis Rivera.

THE "KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THIS GUY" GUY
Recent examples: Paxton Crawford, Merloni, Rudy Pemberton, Lyons, Donnie Sadler.

THE VISA PROBLEM
Recent examples: Rich Garces, Cecilio Guante, Carlos Quintana, Josias Manzanillo, Luis Rivera, Calderon, Juan Bell, Robinson Checo, Dario Veras.

Bill Simmons writes three columns a week for Page 2.





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