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Padres’ Greene Named NL Rookie of the Month

Padres’ Greene Named NL Rookie of the Month

May 4, 2004

By Tom Krasovic UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

As a teenager, Khalil Greene made choices that allowed him to extract more from his superb motor skills.

Greene forged a healthier diet and stuck to it. He has eaten oatmeal for breakfast nearly every morning for five years. He has eaten enough tuna to stock a supermarket.

Greene also adhered to weight training, becoming far stronger than he appears in a baggy baseball uniform.

The Padres, who employ the 24-year-old as their shortstop and No. 8 hitter, also have others to thank for Greene’s contributions over this season’s first 26 games, during which Greene has played stellar defense and batted .286 with a .362 on-base percentage.

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