Bonds in a game, Lopez in the field, Jones in center
In a Baker notebook yesterday which contains a tidbit about Jones spending time in the off-season working with first-base coach Mike Goff on outfield work, the most interesting statement is Hargrove’s:
“Adam made a couple of good plays going back on the ball,” Hargrove said. “When we called him up in July or August, he couldn’t go back on the ball. His game had not developed to that point. And we worked real hard when he was here. Mike Goff did a good job, as you can see by the way he played today.”
I make no secret that I’m a Jones fan, and I disagreed entirely with Hargrove’s disdain for Jones’ defense – I felt Jones was good, though rough and still making mistakes as he learned, and Hargrove’s opinion was much less cheery.
The hope here is that Hargrove looks at Jones’ good play, along with a reason (Goff’s help) to evaluate Jones with an open mind. If the M’s need someone to fill in, at least the decision between, say, Reed and Jones would be made on the merits.
David Andriesen on Michael Garciaparra.