I wouldn't call myself a big Corey Hart fan. In my personal rankings of "Brewers I like to make fun of whenever possible" he ranks right below Ryan Braun. This isn't to say that I don't like Corey Hart as a baseball player, I just think he's, well, mostly pointless. He's valuable when he's good and I like him, but when he's not good I have no use for him. (Unlike Rickie Weeks who struggles and I make ten thousand excuses for.) If Corey Hart falls off the cliff I'll be the first one calling for his head, but if he breaks out as a star I'll be clamoring for the Brewers to keep him. My feelings on Corey are 100% performance based. I don't really care about Corey Hart either way and I refuse to watch The Blind Side no matter how badly he wants me to.
Now, Corey Hart has struggled mightily this spring (something like 1 for 27) and the Brewers spring training invitee Jim Edmonds has been doing pretty well for himself. So well that the Brewers are considering making right field into a platoon with Edmonds taking most of the at-bats against right handed pitching. This makes pretty good sense. A quick look at his splits show that throughout his career Jim Edmonds has killed right handed pitching (career .954 OPS (!)) and that Corey Hart has fared better against left handers (career OPS .854). Beyond that, as a career center fielder Edmonds should be better, possibly a lot better defensively in right. This is the kind of move you like to see your team making. A smart decision based in performance and giving the team the best chance to win. I really want to get behind this move except there is one minor detail that the team seems to be completely ignoring and that's the fact that..
JIM EDMONDS IS FORTY YEARS OLD AND DIDN'T PLAY A SINGLE GAME LAST SEASON!
Seriously. The last Major League Baseball game Jim Edmonds played was October 4, 2008 in the NLDS against the Dodgers. He did not swing a baseball bat for any meaningful reason for the entire 2009 season. To put that in perspective, this site didn't even exist the last time Jim Edmonds played baseball. That's not the least bit worrisome to anybody? He had a pretty great 2008 actually, but the fact that nobody wanted him for 2009 is a little strange isn't it? If this guy has it this year, wouldn't he have also had it last year? Just because you once listened to Limp Bizkit, doesn't mean you want to buy their new album.
I'd love to be wrong on this one because a .900/.850 OPS platoon would be insanely awesome, but honestly I don't think I am. Last season before the injuries took his season it seemed like the beginning of a new and improved Corey Hart. He set a career high in walks, only dyed his hair a really stupid color once and showed improved pitch selection at the plate (but still had a long ways to go). I don't know if I believe that he'll ever truly get there, but I know that taking away at-bats isn't a good way for him to get there. Especially if the alternative turns out to be another failed comeback story. Besides it's Jim Edmonds, look what he's wearing in that pic. Screw that guy.
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