A hit for Clement, finally
Less than a month remains in Spring Training, and I’m getting a little concerned about catcher/designated hitter Jeff Clement.
The Mariners are giving him a golden opportunity — a job in the Major Leagues this season — and he’s not exactly grabbing the bull by the horns as Dizzy Dean used to say.
Going into today’s game against the Dodgers, Clement was batting .000. No hits in 11 official at-bats. He had two walks, two strikeouts and struck out swinging in his first two at-bats today, making him 0-for-13. But the hit famine ended in the sixth inning when he laced a line drive single into center field.
Maybe that hit will get him going.
This has not the sort of start to Spring Training the former first-round Draft choice (third overall) had in mind. And frankly neither did the organization.
There are jobs to be won here — and some jobs could also be lost.
— Jim Street