Ichiro Hitting Third – UpdateFebruary 21st, 2012 by terrybenish
Ackley second, if he earns it and of course Figgins first.
- Last year Ichiro had thirty extra base hits in six months. About one a week, his slug was .335. Since 1920 there may not have been a worse number three hitter in over ninety years of baseball. Of course he could play like he did in 2004 when he was thirty. Probably not.
So sayeth Son of Chuck to the media at or around 12:00 today. Various outlets have it.
The fan graph’s boys slice the numbers and shed light on the historical improbability of it all succeeding.
Baker of the Times opines that this is not rotisserie baseball after all. Isn’t it good when the professionals are all over the issue. It makes me feel as if the news that’s fit is blogged, or so it goes.
Wedge said he thought hard about it all winter and talked to Jack of course and the coaches. I wish one of the professionals had asked him if all that concentration is what caused the bruise on his forehead.
For the professionals I have yet to read some of the more salient questions. Someone has to ask Jack if this marks the end of the rebuilding program and if he has been muted? Why sign all the retreads who can’t play any more and have not played at a high level for some time? It is as if the professionals either are spoon-feeding this baloney willingly, or are afraid to ask.
It makes you wonder who these guys work for.
No intra-squad games yet. Players are given positions…It makes you wonder why they came in early. There is the trip to Japan, but most of these vets will soon get into the morning work and afternoon golf routine. This should be the easiest and lightest spring trainings ever, seeing as how good they’ve been the past few years.