Adam Everett didn’t latch on with a new team after the Tigers released him in early June, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the 34-year-old shortstop is still looking to play in 2011 and “has received interest from several teams.”
Everett is one of the best, most underrated defensive shortstop in baseball history and once upon a time his great glove made up for a punchless bat. However, at age 34 he’s slipped from extraordinary to simply very good defensively and his hitting has gone from bad to horrendous.
Everett hit just .185 in 31 games for the Tigers prior to being released and has batted .224 with a .276 on-base percentage and .313 slugging percentage in 197 games since breaking his leg in mid-2007. During that time he has the third-worst OPS of anyone with at least 600 plate appearances, with his .589 mark ranking ahead of only Jeff Mathis and Willy Taveras.
His glove is still good enough for Everett to be a serviceable utility man, but his days of starting are over.
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: