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Jake Fox is 0-for-7 after leading spring training in homers

Apr 12, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

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Jake Fox led spring training in homers and his monster exhibition production made lots of headlines last month, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter instead smartly focused on his defensive deficiencies and extensive track record containing thousands of plate appearances.

All of which is why Fox has played in just two of the Orioles’ first nine games while going 0-for-7 to bring his career batting average down to .232 in 168 games.

Fox’s power hasn’t been limited to spring training, as he’s smacked 18 homers in 435 at-bats during the regular season, but a .232 batting average combined with a ghastly 98/23 K/BB ratio and .281 on-base percentage from a 28-year-old without an obvious home defensively don’t add up to much more than a reserve role.

Fox’s lone start of the season came at catcher Saturday night and Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that he and batterymate Jake Arrieta “weren’t totally in sync” and had “a long conversation” in the dugout with Showalter, who hinted afterward that he wasn’t happy with the game-calling.

  1. Utley's Hair - Apr 12, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    It’s Showalter’s fault for yelling at him.

  2. Panda Claus - Apr 12, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Difference between playing almost everyday (ST) and once per week (now). Can’t get in a groove if you’re not playing.

  3. bigtrav425 - Apr 12, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    Slow news day huh?..when your a bench player or dont get the at bats its easy to go 0-7

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