Now that Soriano is showcasing himself for a trade by actually trying the last couple of games, hopefully the Cubs can get Tyler Colvin to what I believe will be his long-term major league position of left field, sooner rather than later. I personally don’t think Colvin has the rifle to play right. I mentioned that on Twitter a few days ago (uh huh, that’s right) and the opinion is reinforced every time I see him throw.
However, that’s probably not how this campaign should start, so let me point out that Colvin is 2nd in NL rookies in home runs (10-11) to the spring training runaway ROY winner Altanta’s Jason Heward, but Colvin is hitting a robust 40 points higher while bouncing all around a struggling Cubs lineup and never knowing at what position he will end up playing the next day.
TyCo (that’s my new, admittedly kinda gay, nickname for Colvin) also handles the media perfectly for a rookie, which is to say almost not at all. He doesn’t feels he has to come to the plate with his back pockets inside out or wear 10 pounds of gold chains like his divatante rookie teammate. (umm yeah, ‘divatante’ is a mixture of diva & debutante, so that’s a 2-fer just in this paragraph alone) I even like the way Colvin gets angry with himself when he strikes out, as he should.
But hitting him leadoff isn’t helping. He should hit third, right before Byrd. The season’s virtually over so Lou might as well just set an everyday lineup and forget it. And yes, that was a Ron Popeil reference. Hey, you don’t come here for the baseball insight.