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Tom Servo
04-28-2010, 01:17 AM
He was hitting .368 going into tonight (albeit in 38 at-bats) and batting clean-up for the Tribe tonight he's gone 3-5 with a homer, two doubles, and 5RBI. Any thoughts on the former 'next Joe DiMaggio'?


Personally, I'm glad to see the guy doing well.

Ghosts of 1990
04-28-2010, 01:44 AM
I thought he was done. I am very surprised. A testament to his talent and I guess it's not that far-fetched for someone who at one time had that high of stock. I wouldn't expect him to have several great years but to have one great year here in his prime it's certainly possible. Like .290, 20, 80 RBI

WMR
04-28-2010, 01:44 AM
I hope for all Kentucky (both from UK and those just from the state) boys to have nice MLB careers.

Talent was never AK's problem. Health and dedication were.

mth123
04-28-2010, 01:46 AM
Can't cast any blame on any team for passing because Kearns seemed done, but he'd sure look good in LF providing a RH bat and plus defense on the cheap. Oh Well. Good luck to Kearns. Nice story so far.

OnBaseMachine
04-28-2010, 01:50 AM
I was hoping the Reds would sign him to a minor league contract this past offseason.

I'm glad to see him doing well. He was on his way to becoming a star until he injuried his shoulder in a collision at homeplate with Ray King. At the time of his injury (May 21st, 2003), Kearns was hitting .309/.417/.599 - 1.016 OPS. He was never the same player after that. He's had a decent career but not the type of career many of us expected. He's still only 29 (turns 30 on May 20th), I'd love to see him stay healthy and put together some big years,

WebScorpion
04-28-2010, 02:43 AM
For some reason Cleveland's got him in left field, but he's still got a gun out there. He nailed a runner at the plate the other night. He's also got a couple of SBs and his hitting line is now .386/.455/.659 for a 1.114 OPS! after tonights game. I hope he finally gets that dream season. :thumbup:
Go EARS!! ...until they play the Reds anyway. ;)

Ron Madden
04-28-2010, 04:01 AM
I'll always be a Fan of Austin Kearns, I wish him nothing but the best.

fearofpopvol1
04-28-2010, 04:37 AM
I'd be pretty surprised if he puts up great numbers over the course of a whole season, but I would definitely expect his numbers to be better in Cleveland than they were in Washington.

reds44
04-28-2010, 04:56 AM
I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Kearns. I think he was a better player than people gave him better for because of his failed expectations. I wish him nothing but the best.

dabvu2498
04-28-2010, 08:02 AM
For some reason Cleveland's got him in left field, but he's still got a gun out there.

Choo has every bit as good an arm in right.

Ghosts of 1990
04-28-2010, 08:12 AM
I was hoping the Reds would sign him to a minor league contract this past offseason.

I'm glad to see him doing well. He was on his way to becoming a star until he injuried his shoulder in a collision at homeplate with Ray King. At the time of his injury (May 21st, 2003), Kearns was hitting .309/.417/.599 - 1.016 OPS. He was never the same player after that. He's had a decent career but not the type of career many of us expected. He's still only 29 (turns 30 on May 20th), I'd love to see him stay healthy and put together some big years,

Yea he was driving in runs like a Manny Ramirez for that first month plus.... hitting everything.

reds1869
04-28-2010, 08:19 AM
I am thrilled to see him doing so well. Especially for the Tribe, who I pull for other than those six times per year when they play Cincinnati. I still have a "Kearns & Dunn Lumber Company" hat. Oh, what could have been.

cumberlandreds
04-28-2010, 09:21 AM
I am glad he is doing well so far this season. Watching him with the Nats last season I would have thought he was done as an MLB player.

Degenerate39
04-28-2010, 09:58 AM
I remember dreaming of what an amazing outfield Cincy could've had. Dunn, Griffey, Kearns. I guess we'll always wonder What if?

mbgrayson
04-28-2010, 11:08 AM
I think injuries have been most of AK's problems. First the shoulder, more recently foot, elbow and thumb injuries hampered him both in 2008 and 2009.

If he stays healthy, and thats a big if, I think he may turn out to be a nice value pick-up for the Tribe. Good luck Austin!

bucksfan2
04-28-2010, 11:25 AM
I think injuries have been most of AK's problems. First the shoulder, more recently foot, elbow and thumb injuries hampered him both in 2008 and 2009.

If he stays healthy, and thats a big if, I think he may turn out to be a nice value pick-up for the Tribe. Good luck Austin!

Injuries may have been a leading cause to Kearns demise but I think he got fat, lazy, and content during his time in Cincy. I will never forget him starting the season looking like an offensive lineman playing RF. Then he was shocked when he was sent down to the minors when he was struggling.

RBA
04-28-2010, 12:37 PM
Injuries may have been a leading cause to Kearns demise but I think he got fat, lazy, and content during his time in Cincy. I will never forget him starting the season looking like an offensive lineman playing RF. Then he was shocked when he was sent down to the minors when he was struggling.


I think he might of been too close to the Kentucky "bluegrass" when in Cincinnati.

KronoRed
04-28-2010, 04:31 PM
I'll always be a Kearns fan, never understood the need to bash guys all over the board who no longer play for the team, just bash he Reds, it's easier ;)

mbgrayson
04-28-2010, 06:52 PM
Injuries may have been a leading cause to Kearns demise but I think he got fat, lazy, and content during his time in Cincy. I will never forget him starting the season looking like an offensive lineman playing RF. Then he was shocked when he was sent down to the minors when he was struggling.

I don't deny that Kearns had at least one off season where he failed to stay in shape.

But there is still summary of injury stuff I have stitched together rom Rotoworld (http://www.rotoworld.com/Content/playerpages/player_previousnews.aspx?sport=MLb&id=3391) where you can look at old notes:

"In 2008, the Nationals placed Kearns on the 15-day DL on May 22 because of loose bodies in his right elbow and on August 25 with a stress fracture in his left foot. Kearns was placed on the disabled list on August 5, 2009 with a right thumb injury. "Austin Kearns is headed to Baltimore to visit a specialist for his deeply bruised right thumb. He's had problems with it for most of his career and could be shut down for the rest of the 2009 season." Then, in September: "Kearns underwent surgery over a month ago on his injured right thumb. "Unless something unexpectedly happens, we probably will not see him again," GM Mike Rizzo said Friday. "He just started gripping exercises and then it will go to taking balls off the tee, dry swings. So it's a long process from where he is at."

It is very interesting that last year, while he was hitting about .195, that Kearns finally delves into his right thumb injury. He has surgery, and has now fully healed up. All of a sudden, he is hitting like the old Austin Kearns. To me, that is powerful proof that the problem was the injury. It makes sense too: how can you hit well if it hurts to grip a bat?

The real concern I have is why didn't he ever get that thumb looked at before if he had problems with it for a long time? Or did he get it looked at by Nationals or Reds staff, and they just wrapped it up and sent him out to play.

PuffyPig
04-28-2010, 09:50 PM
38 AB's, with a .455 BABIP suggests that we need to wait a bit longer to proclaim him "back".

Ron Madden
04-29-2010, 02:38 AM
I'll always be a Kearns fan, never understood the need to bash guys all over the board who no longer play for the team, just bash he Reds, it's easier ;)

Welcome to Reds Country. If Marty is unhappy about a certain player or issue nobody's happy with said player or issue. ;)

P.S. Ya just gotta ask Marty.

bucksfan2
04-29-2010, 08:29 AM
The real concern I have is why didn't he ever get that thumb looked at before if he had problems with it for a long time? Or did he get it looked at by Nationals or Reds staff, and they just wrapped it up and sent him out to play.

The onus is on the player when it comes to injury. If everything looks normal with Kearns how is an outside observer going to know Kearns thumb is bothering him?

alexad
04-29-2010, 10:26 AM
Getting hurt in the collision with the catcher and not knowing where he was going to play was a big problem. HEck they even tried him at 3rd base in spring training one year. They put him on the AAA shuttle for awhile. I think it was just bad management by the manager at the time. That is a surprise. He seems to enjoy playing in Cleveland. I hope he has an awesome year. I always liked him.

Tom Servo
04-29-2010, 05:09 PM
The man who we once thought could replace Austin, Chris Denorfia, is also tearing it up...in AAA. Still rooting for him too, though.

RBA
04-29-2010, 05:43 PM
The man who we once thought could replace Austin, Chris Denorfia, is also tearing it up...in AAA. Still rooting for him too, though.

He did the same for the Reds AAA team. He's AAAA material.

KronoRed
04-29-2010, 05:58 PM
He did the same for the Reds AAA team. He's AAAA material.

Always got on base when in the majors, but no power so he's crap :D

Bumstead
04-29-2010, 06:10 PM
Getting hurt in the collision with the catcher

Ray King was not a catcher, he was a mountain of a man on the pitcher's mound...talk about being a little out of shape! :p: Having a collision with Ray King can't be good for anybody!

WebScorpion
04-30-2010, 01:10 PM
The man who we once thought could replace Austin, Chris Denorfia, is also tearing it up...in AAA. Still rooting for him too, though.
For the record, I never thought Denorfia was AK's replacement. I thought he'd be the next Brady Clark. ;)

Ghosts of 1990
04-30-2010, 03:30 PM
From Fangraphs: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/austin-kearnss-career-revival/

Reds1
04-30-2010, 04:38 PM
My extensive baseball collection of Kearns like this. :)

VR
05-01-2010, 11:54 AM
I've always thought it would be appropriate to have a thread solely committed to former Reds stats and stories. Someday perhaps.