Mark Trumbo the Angels’ Future at First Base?
Newly acquired Mark Teixeira will stay at the Newport Beach home of his agent Scott Boras for the rest of the season, the Orange County Register reports.
Casey Kotchman, meanwhile, is saying all the right things with the Atlanta Braves.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Casey seemed quite happy — I’d say “Chipper” but the Braves already have one of those — to be closer to home.
Some local news reports have suggested that Casey didn’t get along with manager Mike Scioscia, that Casey didn’t like sitting once in a while so Robb Quinlan could get some at-bats. I don’t know any player who’s happy to sit.
I’ve no idea whether it’s true or not. My beef with this deal is that Teixeira is a free agent in three months. Whether or not he re-signs is irrelevant, as they could have signed him anyway in the off-season. It’s an all too expensive rental.
Should Teixeira move on, Kendry Morales is the leading candidate for the first base job in 2009, but Arkansas Democrat-Gazette sportswriter Todd Traub suggests Mark Trumbo will be on deck pretty soon.
Entering Tuesday, Trumbo was tied with Class AAA Charlotte’s Brad Eldred for fourth in the minor league home runs race with 28. Former Traveler Dallas McPherson (2003-2004) led the minors with 38.
“It’s progressed,” Trumbo said of his power stroke. “That’s probably one of the main reasons why I got drafted. They like the power, and it’s come a long way.”
I interviewed Mark on July 13. We talked quite a bit about how he’s altered his mechanics and his approach at the plate — stuff you don’t learn from a calculator, which is why the statheads wrote him off last winter. Mark hit another homer last night, so he’s up to 29.
In closing, the Provo Daily Herald has a nice article today about Tom Kotchman, who will be honored by the Orem Owlz tonight for winning his 1,500th game. Some people have asked me over the years why Kotch isn’t managing or coaching in the big leagues. Read this article. Casey will tell you why.