File this under the "That Didn't Take Long" file:
Word in the JSOnline this morning is that Bill Hall, through his agent, is requesting a trade. Something about how many times he's changed positions, sacrificed for the good of the team (note to Bill: when King Ned asked you to move to center field last year, I don't think part of the agreement was: 'and you will never, ever take batting practice again, and focus so much on your defense that you revert back to all your bad, pre-2006 habits and become such an albatross that we have to sit you during the stretch run of a potential play-off year'), blah blah blah.
(Note note: SB's Tony Gwynn made a great point at the game Sunday. Every single time Bill Hall tries to pull an outside pitch and rolls over the top of it and grounds out weakly to short, it's a given that Brian Anderson will say: 'Now, when Bill Hall is going good, he'll take that pitch to right field.' You know what, Brian? Bill Hall hasn't taken 'that pitch' to right field in about two fucking years. He's unlearned that skill. So kindly shut the fuck up with that nonsense.)
Anyway, some unsolicited advice to Bill: don't start packing your suitcase any time soon. You're not getting traded, for a couple of reasons: (1) you have no trade value -- hitting .158 against righties (who make up 3/4 of the pitchers in the league) and having to be platooned with Russell Branyan, while suffering a noticeable decline in your already-suspect defense (any more balls you want to throw away in the ninth inning, Young Sheff?) doesn't exactly scream "buy! buy! buy!"; (2) the good teams don't need someone like you, and the bad teams don't need and can't afford someone like you.
Long story short, your only chance of getting consistent playing time is if Branyan stops tearing the cover off the ball. Otherwise: enjoy the pine.