Saturday, November 18, 2006

Lyle Overbay Hears Huge Footsteps Behind Him

Blue Jays 1B Lyle Overbay brings decent leather, a .300 batting average and sometimes even a little power to the game. But no matter how well Overbay plays he's always having to look over his shoulder. Having been chased out of Arizona by 6-foot-8 Richie Sexson and from Milwaukee by 260-pound Prince Fielder, Overbay now hears behind him the thundering footsteps of 6-foot-6, 275-pound Frank "Big Hurt" Thomas, Toronto's next DH. Also ticketed for arrival is Chip Cannon, a strident, 6-foot-five, 250-pound left-batting first baseman who is tearing up the Arizona Fall League. In little more than a couple dozen at-bats, Cannon has hit 11 homers with a more than .700 slugging percentage, .350 batting average and .420 OBP for the Phoenix Desert Dogs. At age 26, Cannon may be just about ready for big-league play, and will be given a chance to prove it next spring. At 6 foot 2, 235, Overbay can't be feeling anything if not small.