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June 1, 2011

Jake Fox reacts to being designated

I don't really have time to get this in story form, but here are a couple of comments from Jake Fox, who was designated for assignment today to make room for Brian Matusz's activation from the disabled list. The Orioles have 10 days to reassign Fox to the minors, trade him or give him his outright release. Fox doesn't want to go to the minors so a trade is the most likely scenario.

On whether he was surprised: "You see it coming. This isn’t the first time I’ve been through it. I went through it last year. It basically comes down to numbers. [Orioles manager Buck Showalter] didn’t see me getting any at-bats. We got Derrek Lee coming back [to Baltimore] tomorrow, and they wanted to take care of pitching first with Matusz coing back today. He just didn’t feel like I was a good fit here, and it’s disappointing because I felt like I was a good fit here, I enjoyed it here. I liked the guys, I liked the team. It’s the same thing I went through last year with Oakland, where there just weren’t enough at bats for me. Everybody thinks I’m good enough to play for somebody else, just not for them. I feel like I’m kind of in the in-between stage. It’s been difficult."

On not finding rhythm after great spring: "It’s just a different job, coming off the bench. It’s just trial and error, like I told Buck. It’s still trial and error. It’s just been difficult having to learn a new job, I’m still learning how to do it. I’m hitting better, but still not what I can do. And it’s just a matter of getting some place where they are going to try to use me. And I think that’s what
they are trying to do. They said this time period is going to take a long time because they are going to try to move me to a different team. They are going to put me on waivers and see what happens. I don’t think I would clear waivers. It’s possible. Anything’s possible. All I can do is remain positive and believe this move is for the best. I’m going to go somewhere that’s going to give me an opportunity."

On whether he'd have any interest in going down the Orioles' minor league system: "I don’t and for me, I feel like it’s always an option to go overseas and play. I’m not ready to do that because I still feel like I can play every day at this level. And unfortunately this organization thinks I can’t. But I’m not going to believe it until its proven to me that I can’t play. So
hopefully I will go some place that will give me a chance to play."

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 2:50 PM | | Comments (8)
        

Comments

Jeff, is it me, or do we just seem to have a bunch of guys who need to play every day and are not getting that chance? Fox, Pie, Scott, Andino, Reimold. The phrase AAAA comes to mind. I put Scott n there because he still hasn't yet found his home in a lineup or on the field.

Is it time we scrap the juggling, and start Nolan, Jones, and Nick, trade Fox and Scott, and let Pie be our 4th OF for good?


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Jeff Z's reply: It wouldn't surprise me if that's where this is headed at some point, but Luke has very little trade value right now. FOx is a goner already. I also think there is a possibility that Pie gets traded at some point this season.

Do you see any of these guys bursting into stardom ,anywhere,ever? Who, beside themselves, believes all these guys need to play more, or every day? So i agree. Let em prove mgt wrong. Fly, little birdies.

And t o paraphrase lady macbeth: Out out, d----d scott.


When Jake's at the plate he's his own worst enemy. He's got no patience or discipline, making him an easy batter for just about any half decent major league pitcher to get out. He can blame Buck or anybody else he wants, but if he wants to get any better he needs to look in the mirror, first.

One of the few things certain about the Orioles is that given 400 at bats Luke Scott will hit 20 plus home runs and bat around .270. He's done it all four seasons he's gotten 400 at bats in the Majors. He's a proven offensive power hitter and there aren't many of those available. You can nitpick him to death but facts are facts. He's still on pace to hit those 20 home runs even though he's had 60 fewer at bats than the regulars and should be playing against most lefties. He hit lefties last year. Has anyone ever thought that the negativity of the Orioles fans may carry over to the players. I've been an O's fan since 1954 and endured many lean years in the 1950s. But Paul Richards knew talent and how to develop it. What we need now is to clean house in the scouting and player development department and hire away the best scouts in the business. That's where a team succeeds or fails. Pay them whatever it takes instead of wasting $11 million a year on one player. If you have good scouts you never need those $11 million dollar players. You can constantly replace them with younger, cheaper ones. Until we get the right scouts we will continue to lose and all we can do is support the players we have - like we did in the 1950s. Stop the negativity or go find some other way to spend your time.

I wish Jake would go down to AAA Norfolk, get some at bats and when he's hot, bring him back. I see this guy hitting a ton. With all the losing going on, he should have had more at bats. The guy seems to give it a hundred percent.

Fox is one of those guys who is good to have on tap. And like all fringe players, he really knows the game.

I hope Jake changes his mind about playing at Norfolk. This is still a lousy team and opportunities for him may arise. But mainly, I'd like to see him move more into coaching, and the minors is a terrific place ro learn.

Rick,

In his career Luke whiffs once every 3.5 AB against lefties and loses 100 points off his OPS. I think we all got seduced by his 2009 performance against LHP, his 2010/11 looks much more like his historical average. Nolan has a BA 50 points higher and a OBP 70 points higher than Luke against LHP, so you really have to take advantage of the split.

If Fox thinks he is good enough to play in the majors, then he should have proven himself while he was up here. He clearly hasn't accepted the fact that he is not good enough. Goodbye Fox and good luck.

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