It’s much too early for this and some of you may accuse me of jinxing him, but look how Barton started his career. Of his first 13 big league games, he got hits for 11 of them, and had walks on the other 2, which means he reached first base in each of his first 13 games. I realize that’s not even close to the record, but I wonder what the record is. How many games would Barton need in order to set this very special rookie record?
Does anyone know if he’ll be resting this offseason? To be truly dangerous he needs to find a way to get some more homeruns, and I don’t know if it’s better for him to build muscle mass this winter or to get some more playing time. With Buck, Swisher, Cust, and Barton it’s nice to finally have solid players in the power hitting positions (we may have 3 or 4 players with an OBP over .400), but we’ll still need something from our CF, SS, and hope that our new Bionic Chavy or 2nd Jack can do the job at 3rd.