Re: Wakefield Heads Towards 45, Possible Hip Surgery, Is his Red Sox Career about to End?
posted at 5/25/2011 1:41 AM EDT
Lowrie's BA is about .240 against RHP and his OBP is about .310 against RHP. Most pitchers are RHP. As pitchers see more of Lowrie, assuming he doesn't break down like he does every year, he'll continue his season decline in hitting metrics.
Of course, he, too, like Bellsbury, is a terrible defender as an everday position.
Folks, Bill Hall just went 4 for 4, against the Dodgers, and had the glowing endorsement of Tito, at year end after doing everything he was asked to do and showing up for work everyday ready to play through the heat that made some players tired. He's had a career year that Lowrie and Ellsbury will never have, but Bill Hall continues to receive the same kind of abuse that Ortiz, Crawford, Cameron and Mac will have to suffer. Only the Japanese players are hated more.
Okijima is a true class act. He cleared waivers because of the size of his contract as a middle relief pen profile and the strategy from many interested GM's was that he would turn down the minors assignment and the Red Sox would release him so that he could picked up for the minimum. Oki accepted the minor league assigment (he could have refused and become a FA or force Theo to put trade him and pay part of the contract or keep him on the MLB roster in a semi-mop-up role), something good ole boys like Wakefield would never agree to. In fact, Wakefield has already said he doesn't like his role (no role unless he's in the rotation which he'd never last in and which should be invested in younger talent) and would consider pitching for the Rays. Oki has never complained about his role.
Slav is one of the Japenese player haters, see his comments about Oki, which are quite false because of his lack of knowledge about baseball rules on DFA and waiver of veteran players.
Detroit Tigers slugger Gary Sheffield declared Okajima "one of the most impressive lefties I've ever seen" with "stuff I have never seen before from anybody." Former Yankees manager Joe Torre called Okajima "unhittable". Wiki
Okajima finished strong last season after a terrible first half and has allowed opponents to bat just .233 with a .643 OPS in 8.1 innings so far this seasonI started the season down in the Minor Leagues, so I know I had to regain the team’s confidence in my pitching,” Okajima told reporters through an interpreter. “It is my first time in this situation so I’m not sure of what happens next.”
That said, Okajima did not begrudge the Sox’ decisions, and suggested that he did not regret re-signing this winter with the only club for whom he’s pitched since coming to the U.S. in 2007.
“Having re-signed with Boston during the offseason, it is disappointing that this is happening but signing here was not a mistake,” said Okajima. “I am very grateful to the opportunity the Red Sox have given me over five years. --Weei
Only the good ole boys get to squat on the MLB roster.