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Adios, Percival?

Source: AP (via Yahoo)

This is no surprise, but thinking someone is at the end of their road and then it actually happening are two different things.

Detroit Tigers reliever Troy Percival has left training camp, perhaps for good.

The 11-year major league veteran, who is 10th on the league's career saves list with 324, left after a painful performance Sunday in a simulated game.

His locker was cleaned out and the nameplate removed, and he could not be reached for comment on Monday.

I always liked Percival quite a bit. He was an intimidator, throwing gas with a scowl. I thought the Tigers made a big mistake in signing him, and that appears to have turned out to be true. But Percival's one of those guys I'll always remember being a fan of from afar. He never played for my team, but to me, he was the kind of guy you really wished you had.