Anyone else concerned we still haven't heard anything? It's probably just Gomes and his agent holding out until the last minute for a possible Major League contract from another team (and they probably won't get any takers) but I'm a little bit worried that this is still unresolved.
And I don't blame Gomes for not jumping on a minor league contract right away. The guy is better than that. I would love it if the Reds were able to get it done though -- what a bargain.
"I could watch video of Griffey swinging all day. It's like baseball porn." - C. Trent Rosecrans
2008 Reds Record When I Attend: 9W - 5L
2009 Reds Record When I Attend: 1W - 2L
2010 Reds Record When I Attend: 1W - 0L
2011 Reds Record When I Attend: 0W - 1L
Tim McCarver: Baseball Quotes
I remember one time going out to the mound to talk with Bob Gibson. He told me to get back behind the batter, that the only thing I knew about pitching was that it was hard to hit.
"My mission is to be the ray of hope, the guy who stands out there on that beautiful field and owns up to his mistakes and lets people know it's never completely hopeless, no matter how bad it seems at the time. I have a platform and a message, and now I go to bed at night, sober and happy, praying I can be a good messenger." -Josh Hamilton
Here's how he compared to his direct peers as a hitter from 2006 through 2008.
MLB average for LF
MLB average for DH
He doesn't come out looking as good here, but that's to be expected since the best hitters tend to play LF and DH. That said, other than when he was hurt, he still appears to be a respectable hitter. Is he an All Star caliber player? No, but he's also not abysmal. I'm not a big fan of his OBP either, but it's acceptable given the power he provides.
May just be me personally, but OBP and defense aren't exactly the top thing I'm looking for out of my #7 hitter in the lineup in LF. He has the catcher and pitcher behind him. I'd much rather have a guy that can knock in the guys in front of him, which is EXACTLY what Gomes does.
Domo Arigato, Here Comes Joey Votto
"I do what I want to do and say what I want to say."