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Spring training home run leader Jake Fox designated for assignment by Orioles

Jun 1, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

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Jake Fox made some headlines during spring training for hitting .333 with an MLB-leading seven homers, which got people who didn’t know any better way too excited about a 27-year-old journeyman without a defensive home.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter stressed that Fox would have to improve defensively to get much playing time and sure enough he got a grand total of just 52 plate appearances through the team’s first 53 games.

Fox didn’t help himself by hitting .188 with two homers and a .646 OPS, and today the Orioles designated him for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Brian Matusz‘s return from the disabled list.

Fox can still be a relatively useful bench player, but he’s hit just .231 with a .701 OPS through 519 plate appearances in the majors, isn’t a good enough catcher to be more than an emergency option behind the plate, and showed weak plate discipline even while crushing Triple-A pitching.

More than anything else, though, he shows that spring training numbers mean nothing as soon as the real games start. But we knew that already.

  1. raffy7 - Jun 1, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Pretty self-important post, eh Aaron?

    I’m with you 100% about the importance of spring training stats, and Fox’s realistic performance, but lines like “got people who didn’t know any better way too excited” make you sound like a snob

    • randall351 - Jun 1, 2011 at 4:03 PM

      I always just figured the fact that he is a snob makes him sound like a snob.

      boom roasted!

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