“I saw the athletic ability and the swing, but he was still learning,” Colbrunn said. “It was just a matter of time and experience.”
Middlebrooks hit 12 homers the following season then 23 in 2011. The adjustments were made, each year better than the last.
“I realize I need to keep working,” said Middlebrooks. “That has been made very clear to me. One thing I learned last year is that you can’t be too happy. I like the aspect of trying to learn more as a hitter. Now that I’m here, I can’t stop doing that.”