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April 9, 2007
BASEBALL: Don't Believe All The Hype

Royals super-prospect Alex Gordon is hitting .050.

Will Gordon be a great player? Quite possibly. A good one? Quite likely. Will he be the AL Rookie of the Year? He's still as likely as anybody.

For all that, a reminder that jumping from AA to the big leagues isn't a seamless transition. Gordon should still have a fine year on the way to a fine career, and fortunately for him the Royals are likely to be patient with him and not bail after a bad week or two, but it's not really that unlikely that he will be hitting .225 at the All-Star Break, either; it happens to the best of rookies. (Here's just one example that pops to mind of a great hitter who had some early struggles in a fine rookie season).

Posted by Baseball Crank at 8:55 PM | Baseball 2007 | Comments (7) | TrackBack (0)

Don't forget Mantle and Mays as well. And in 1986, in a bit over 100 games, Barry Bonds batted under .225 I think.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at April 9, 2007 9:53 PM

how'dya like Pavano tonight?

Posted by: ironman at April 9, 2007 10:24 PM

It is all about timing. Batting .050 for a week in July is barely noticed. Doing it now means it is your average for the season as well making it stand out.

Posted by: largebill at April 10, 2007 8:53 AM

What about Robin Ventura? Didn't he start his rookie year by going 0-41 or something like that?

Posted by: Andrew at April 10, 2007 9:00 AM

I have watched Gordon hit in several games so far this year. What I have seen is a player getting good at bats, but hitting in good luck. Sunday is a good example. I was doing my popcicle imitation at the stadium and saw him hit two balls right on the nose. One was a line drive right at the left fielder and the other was a very sharp one hopper right at Casey at first. The one thing is that he is striking out a lot too. Most of the K's I have seen have been in situations where he had worked the count full and fouled off a couple. He will be fine and when his luck turns the average will climb quickly.

Posted by: maddirishman at April 10, 2007 9:49 AM

can we start a counter on the A-Rod effort to pass the Barry Bonds single season HRrecord yet?

Posted by: ironman at April 11, 2007 4:00 AM

Probably good for Dice K to eat some humble pie American style. Though as a prior posted noted, I don't doubt he is equally talanted.

Posted by: PatrickG at April 12, 2007 11:44 AM
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