The Outfield Lies Yonder
By Hal McCoy
Feb. 16, 2011
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Yonder Alonso walked through the Cincinnati Reds' spring training clubhouse on day one of spring training carrying an outfielder’s glove.
It isn’t the normal tool of his trade, but a man has to realize that sometimes he must trade in a hoe for a shovel.
His vocation is first baseman, but nobody had to scrawl a large message on the clubhouse wall to let Alonso know what’s going on.
With Joey Votto, the National League MVP, signed for a three-year tour of duty as the Reds’ first baseman, Alonso realizes he must make an adjustment — and not just a minor tweak, but a massive makeover.
“I have three outfielder’s gloves and only one first baseman’s glove,” said Alonso, the team’s No. 1 draft pick in 2008.
He is only 23 but he realizes he is a man without a position and must re-invent himself to make himself useful.
Asked what he did all winter at his Florida home, Alonso said, “Catch a lot of fly balls, a whole, whole lot of fly balls.”