Thursday, March 23, 2006

Full Speed Ahead for Josh Barfield

The captain of the USS Mark Bellhorn has been advised to keep up a full head of steam, but the reality is that the chance of making the San Diego Padres starting lineup is taking on heavy water in the forward and aft compartments. Just as sure as San Diego is a Navy town, the opening day 2B job will go to Josh Barfield, son of former Blue Jays slugger Jesse Barfield. Josh Barfield batted .310 with 15 homers and 20 steals last year for Triple A Portland. But what has really made the brass decide to pipe Barfield aboard has been his play the spring, which has been surprisingly strong not only offensively, but defensively, which really floats their boat.