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Matt Stairs wants to play one or two more years

Sep 23, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

Matt Stairs was content to be a high school hockey coach back home in Maine this past winter, but he got on Nutri-System, lost 40 pounds and found the spark to come back and make the Padres out of camp.  Rather than a last hurrah, Staris tells MLB.com’s Corey Brock that he’d like to play one or two more years.

I suppose it’s possible he could do it too. He hasn’t had a great season, even in his limited role (.227/.303/.455), but he has a little power left and he can even flash some occasional leather. For him anyway.

What he really has going for him, I think, is that every single thing I’ve ever read or heard about him suggests that people just like him and want him in the clubhouse. That only goes so far — Brad Ausmus probably stretches the limits of the concept — but as long as you can do one or two competent things on a diamond, it can get you a roster spot.

  1. paul - Sep 23, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    Matt Stairs could always play defense. Not fast but whatever he got to was caught and he had the most underrated arm you would see. That guy could throw with almost anyone from right field. He didn’t have the arm of an Ichiro or Dave Parker but he was in that next tier

  2. birdmancometh - Sep 23, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    Actually a 758 OPS is pretty darn good for a pinch hitter.

  3. Jonny5 - Sep 23, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    I loved this guy with the Phillies. And he did some things while he was here, like help beat the Dodgers in the playoffs with his ability to pick off fastballs, even if they were moving 96 mph from Broxton’s hand when he was still very awesome. Look, bench bats never really do get great numbers, never get their swing on imo from warming the bench too much, so his numbers aren’t all that bad for a pinch hitter is where I’m going. I think he will be working with a MLB club next season if he wants to.

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