Monday, February 06, 2006

The Clint Barmes Gold Standard

Clint Barmes of the Colorado Rockies should be able to tell you as well as anyone: "All that glitters is not gold." After a torrid pace early in the year, Barmes came back from injury and watched what would have been rookie-of-the-year stats trail off to a .282 BA for the season. So who exactly is this young shortstop? Consider this: playing for eight minor league teams since 2000, he batted over .300 only once, at .328 in hit-happy Colorado Springs in '04, before being called up to the parent club.