Phillies rightfielder not a fan favorite
Lack of hustle overshadows strengths by creating the perception that a player could be achieving more.
Updated: January 22, 2004, 8:28 AM ETBy Jim Baker | MLB Insider
My high praise of Phillies rightfielder Bobby Abreu brought these responses:
- Jim: Unless you are a Phillies fan and watch/listen to
every game, you can't really get a good read on
Abreu's production by reading the stat sheet alone.
Yes, he puts up good numbers, be he doesn't come close
to getting the most out of his ability. He is a
half-asser all the way, with questionable work ethic
and has a knack for being tardy. He lollygags in the
OF, and doesn't run out a lot of ground balls. Larry
Bowa has begged him to be a leadoff man several times,
and each time he refuses, because he'd rather bat in
the middle of the lineup so he can get more RBI opps.
Way to put yourself ahead of the team, Bobby! He's not
really what you'd call a clutch player either. Next to
Pat Burrell, he was the biggest under-achiever on the
team last year. At least you had the feeling that
Burrell was trying hard (taking extra BP, ect.). I
agree totally with Paul Hagen. Abreu is a good player
who doesn't give it his all. Thank God for Jim Thome!
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