Carlos Gonzalez is caught in free agent limbo. And he’s not the least bit concerned. Gonzalez is a realist. He knows he is coming off the least productive season of the seven seasons in which he has played in 100 or more games. He understands there is a log jam created by a lack of activity in the signing of the top tier free agents.
Three years into his college career, Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon was a left-handed relief specialist. Now look at him. He’s an All-Star center fielder, coming off a season in which he set a record for leadoff hitters with 102 RBI. Yes, he has been a late bloomer, but then he got a late start on his career as a position player. And it only happened because he had arm problems his junior year at Georgia Tech but wanted to play summer ball so when he showed up in Arlington, Tex., he told his summer-league manager, former big-league outfielder Rusty Greer, he was a pitcher/outfielder.
By the end of the summer, Blackmon was an outfielder – period.
Amanda Hopkins smiles at the memory of those afternoons when she was five years old, sitting in a ballpark with her father, who was scouting a high school baseball game.
“I would go to games with my day, traveling in the summer to see players in the Cape Coad League, Alaskan League, the East Coach Showcase,” “People would see me and would ask, `What do you want to do when you grow up.’ I’d tell them I want to be a baseball scout and they’d be like, ‘Oh, that’s cute.’ I’m sure they thought I’d grow out of it.” Continue reading “Hopkins No Pioneer; Just Another Scout”→