By: Bob Owens
The Minnesota Twins are scheduled to activate All-Star catcher Joe Mauer from the 60 day DL in time for Thursday’s home matinee against the Chicago White Sox.
Mauer hasn’t played since a 1-4 performance against the Kansas City Royals on April 12th. The next day, he was placed on the DL with what was described [...]
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By: Bob Owens
Let’s go further. The 2009 Yankee right-handed batters hit .286 against lefties. This year’s model features righties hitting just .269 against lefties. The entire Yankee lineup hit .286 against lefties last year with a .480 slugging percentage; this year that number is down to a .259 BA with a .429 slugging percentage. Makes you wonder where the Yankees would be without Marcus Thames’s .315 BA and .468 slugging percentage.
Too often fans want to put too much emphasis on results, which is understandable, particularly in the case of a team that hasn’t won anything since Boyz II Men topped the charts. The point is to win, after all. But, especially in the early going of a new regime taking over a franchise in pitiful shape, we must remember to look more at the philosophical direction of the franchise and what the front office is doing to set the team up for success.
And in doing that, he was able to grab the touchstone of his former self. To repeat, not many athletes get that chance, and the few who do often crumble under the pressure. We’re seeing Dontrelle Willis go through the same thing right now. Utterly broken and given up by 2 teams, Dontrelle is trying to find what he once had before, but lost. Can he make his way back to the pitcher he once was?
…and, no, it’s not Jimmy Scott.
His name is Kyle Gibson.
Baseball America ranked Gibson as the sixty-first minor league prospect heading into the 2010 season, ahead of other more well-known, established pitchers such as Dan Hudson, Mike Leake, Drew Storen, Phillippe Aumont and Andrew Cashner.
All without having thrown a professional pitch.
Heading into the 2009 draft, Gibson [...]