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Cameron Maybin gets lost in Citi Field

Apr 5, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

Cameron Maybin flyball.jpgCameron Maybin’s body was in Citi Field on Monday afternoon, but he may
have left his head somewhere in the depths of Roger Dean Stadium. The
Marlins’ center fielder, who just turned 23 on Sunday, was 0-for-4 with
three swinging strikeouts, narrowly
avoiding the dreaded golden sombrero. But that’s not even the worst of
it. By my count, he let three flyballs drop in front of him and one go
over his head, the latter part of a critical four-run sixth inning for
the Metropolitans.

It wasn’t an easy day to play center field, as Gary Matthews Jr. can
surely attest. MLB.com says the wind was blowing out to left field at
about 13 mph, but it was playing tricks with any ball in the air,
forcing Matthews to stagger on a regular basis. I haven’t watched
Matthews much over the past few seasons, so I can only assume that’s not
some sort of trademark. If so, well, I need to stock up on antacids.

In any case, Maybin’s tools are undeniable. Though he was demoted last May, he even hinted at some
progress as a September call-up last season, batting .293/.353/.500 with
three homers, 10 RBI and 19 runs scored over his last 28 games. I don’t want this to sound like a knee jerk reaction, because I believe he should be playing every day in the majors, but he simply lacks the polish to be hitting No. 2 in front of Hanley Ramirez right now.

  1. Daniel - Apr 5, 2010 at 8:09 PM

    I’m an Angels fan, so I have watched GMJ the last three years.
    I would say not only to stock up on antacids, I’d buy stock in the antacid company. Matthews is terrible in the outfield. Absolutely terrible.
    Have fun!

  2. Old Gator - Apr 6, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    I don’t want to pile on Maybin this early in the season but he seems to flourish as a late season callup. Last season he played creditably but the year before that he was the September terror, crushing everything in sight and making one great rundown catch after another out in center. Then he came out of the gate last season like the racehorse in The Godfather, if you know what I mean, and wound up back down on the farm with the Eloi and the Morlocks as his less toolful teammates disappeared one at a time to be processed for ethanol. He usually has an impressive spring training – this is the third year in a row he can claim March props. In a 2008 spring game with the Orioles I saw him fist a double off the left center field fence and got as excited about him as…as…well, as a certain unnamed blogger gets about another EYP currently on his shakedown cruise for Atlanta. Who knew he would be last season’s Titanic?
    .
    It would do Maybin a world of good if the season started in September. And why not? They’ll be playing in winter in Minneapolis in September anyway.

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