I the article, Jim Edmonds says “I’m done,” but that’s referring to the season. Would he still consider playing in 2011? “I’ll have to ask the wife about
that,” Edmonds said.
He also said that the idea of coming back would be more appealing if he could be a backup first baseman
somewhere. He said he’d “take a wait and see approach.” His GM — Walk Jocketty — said that he sounds like he wants to come back. But he also talks about how much pain he was during the season and how he didn’t enjoy being away from his family.
I suppose he really doesn’t know what he’s doing yet. I question, though, whether anyone is really going to give him an opportunity next year. It was one thing for a rested Jim Edmonds to return after a year off. But with the injuries he suffered this year? Really, who wants to take that chance?
I mean, sure, even with the messed up leg he would have been the first bat off the bench for the Braves during the NLDS — heck he may have gotten the start in left! — but most teams aren’t as desperate for warm bodies as that. No matter how good they used to be.
This is happening, people.
Earlier we heard Joe Maddon being non-committal about Kyle Schwarber joining the Cubs for the World Series. Now it seems pretty clear that the Cubs are committal indeed: Jon Morosi reports that Schwarber is en route to Cleveland from Arizona on a private jet and that he’s expected to DH in Game 1 tomorrow night.
Schwarber hasn’t played in a game that counted since April 7. His potent bat is could be a windfall for a Cubs team that didn’t have a game-changing option at DH in the American League park.
Schwarber lost the whole season due to a knee injury, but he hit .246/.355/.487 with 16 homers and 43 RBI in 69 games as a rookie in 2015. His big coming out party was in the playoffs, however, when he hit three homers in five postseason games while going 7-for-13 with two walks in five games.
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Indians First Baseman/DH Carlos Santana shagged some flyballs in left field during the Indians’ workout today.
Sure, why not? Santana has played one game in the outfield in his major league career and that was over four years ago, but the Indians will have to play in Chicago without the DH, meaning either losing Santana’s bat or that of Mike Napoli.
It would be up to Terry Francona to decide if that happens, but ultimately I don’t think he’ll make it real and, rather, will just forget about it, because Santana’s defense out there would in no way be smooth.
I’m sorry. I’m sick today and I’m on a lot of cold medicine.