Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Playing Into Future Plans- Jay Gibbons
Once upon a time back in 2000 Jay Gibbons was a Rule 5 selection by the Baltimore Orioles that went on to have a handful of productive seasons with them until completely falling down and off the map after 2007. He played decent enough defense in the outfield and at firstbase, hit for pop, and especially lit up the team that let him go (Toronto Blue Jays- 19 homeruns against). However, as mentioned Gibbons sorta vanished for a few seasons (actually went back to the minors and Indy ball), until now, and he's resurfaced with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 33 year old lefthanded batter is making quite the impression in Hollywood with a .313 average and .915 OPS. Now, this success is only in 31 games, but damn those are some mighty fine games. With starters' salaries continuing to escalate a 4th outfielder of Gibbons' pedigree and on the cheap is a helluva asset. Not sure if LA sees him in their future, but somebody will for sure.