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We have different definitions of the term “fresh start”

Mar 7, 2012, 11:17 PM EDT

benjamin moore

Player A here is back with the same team he was with a year ago. In fact, it’s the same team he’s been with his entire career. He’s not playing for a new manager. He’s not learning a new position. He’s healthier than he was a year ago at this time, but given that he finished last season healthy, that’s hardly news.

Worse, Player A has played exactly two positions in the majors the last two years. Over the winter, his team acquired new starters at both of those positions.

So, tell me, how exactly is Kyle Blanksgetting a fresh start” with the Padres? Because he has new hitting coaches? Really?

The article even concludes with the fact that Blanks will likely open the season in Triple-A as a result of the team’s additions of Yonder Alonso at first base and Carlos Quentin for left field. Blanks also has some experience in right, but given that the Padres are already planning on carrying Jesus Guzman, Mark Kotsay and Chris Denorfia as backup outfield options, there’s no room for him on the bench.

If this constitutes a fresh start, I’d pass. What Blanks needs, considering that his long-term future is almost certainly at first base or DH, is an actual new start away from San Diego. The 25-year-old has power to spare and still might prove to be a long-term regular, but it’s not likely to happen with the Padres.

  1. racksie - Mar 7, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    I just want to thank you for the link to the story, because there was a link next to this story about a guy who killed his girlfriend with a home made cannon that exploded. Tragic story, but really, a home made cannon? Going off at 12:05 am? What could go wrong? Oh, yeah, that. Poor woman, 38, loved crossword puzzles, and aspired to be a crime scene investigator.

  2. micker716 - Mar 8, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    I guess, after actually reading the linked article, the fresh start refers to both a new approach and his health. Blanks was coming off Tommy John surgery last year. He wasn’t 100%. In 2010 the Padres tried moving him to left field to get that potential power in the line-up, 1st base wasn’t an option (A-Gon). He showed some promise. They suspended the experiment last year to save his arm after the surgery. He does not have the range or arm to play right field at Petco and I don’t think the organization is still high on him, but I hope he surprises. Probably not a bad thing, the Padres haven’t had to worry about an excess of of talent stuck in AAA in my lifetime.

  3. CJ - Mar 8, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    Of course he gets a fresh start….in AAA.

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