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  1. I always thought his problems were in his head. When he’s on, I think he has one of the sweetest swings in the majors. But when he’s off, oh boy, he looks awful.

    Comment by srriley84 — May 20, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

  2. “When he’s on, I think he has one of the sweetest swings in the majors. But when he’s off, oh boy, he looks awful”

    You can say that about most players in baseball. As a Jays fan, I can tell you that definitely applies to Adam Lind and Aaron Hill.

    Comment by Danny — May 20, 2011 @ 2:05 pm

  3. josh fields, josh fields, josh fields, have we forgotten about josh fields?

    Comment by m123 — May 20, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

  4. Having watched nearly every at-bat, it really looks like he’s “guessing wrong” on almost every pitch. It almost seems like he’s sitting on breaking balls and failing at reacting to fastballs.

    I want him to be good so badly, I really hope he learns to work the count.

    Comment by Mike H — May 20, 2011 @ 2:30 pm

  5. i remember josh fields. and he is no gordon beckham.

    Comment by jaywrong — May 20, 2011 @ 2:37 pm

  6. maybe he needs an eye exam

    Comment by brian — May 20, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

  7. “And this season, he’s showing the restraint of a blindfolded, candy-crazed birthday boy given the chance to crack open a piñata.”

    This made me laugh. Thank you for that.

    Comment by brendan — May 20, 2011 @ 4:13 pm

  8. that’s what I was thinking…they should send him back to AAA

    Comment by Snarf — May 20, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

  9. I wish they would close his front side and move his hands up….he doesn’t ever look ready to hit, and neither does Alex Rios….how in the world did they ever hit like that?

    Comment by Mike — May 20, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

  10. That was awesome but it need just a bit of followup:

    “And he’s doing as much damage as the kid in the commercial who’s swinging at the Volkswagon Tiguan pinata”

    Comment by fred — May 20, 2011 @ 5:21 pm

  11. I personally feel like there are too many components to his swing. The lift of his front foot and the timing that goes with it, just seems off. To me it appears there are just too many moving parts to his swing. He could get away with that in college using the aluminum bat and in ’09 before the book was really out on him. That timing mechanism with his front foot is killing him on inside fastballs, he just doesn’t have the quick enough timing to get around on them. I almost feel like he may be better suited to become a “no-stride” hitter.

    Comment by Sox27 — May 20, 2011 @ 5:21 pm

  12. josh fields and beckham have never been seen in the same place.

    Comment by m123 — May 20, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

  13. “he’s showing the restraint of a blindfolded, candy-crazed birthday boy given the chance to crack open a piñata.”

    That’s poetry. Great line. And so much truth

    Comment by Boriente — May 20, 2011 @ 8:42 pm

  14. He’s broken? Some of the worst hyperbole I have ever seen.

    Comment by Oprah — May 20, 2011 @ 11:16 pm

  15. I hate Beckham’s stance. He needs to get his hands up like Konerko or Ryan Braun so he’s ready to attack the ball instead of all the extra movement with the hands.

    Comment by Dustin — May 21, 2011 @ 1:34 am

  16. This is exactly what I was thinking…

    I wonder how often MLB teams get their players eyes exams. It seems like it should be a periodic requirement for most teams, based off how many players have had eye issues in recent history and how often surgery has clearly improved performance in such cases.

    Comment by Samuel — May 21, 2011 @ 2:08 am

  17. Anyone think its possible he gets packaged with a bad contract at the deadline? Like maybe an Adam Dunn or so?

    Comment by Matt — May 21, 2011 @ 4:32 am

  18. Beckham was called through the minors very quickly and spent long stretches of each early season getting his head right before appearing – for whatever stretch of time was left – like the next Chase Utley. I think that instead of a “do or die” hanging over him he needs to go back to the minors with a guarantee that the door is open to come back when he shows down there – which he will – that he can keep his eyes on the ball in the present moment.

    Comment by TurkeesEleven — May 21, 2011 @ 9:40 am

  19. Right so they’re going to trade Adam Dunn, who was their top free agent target this offseason after 40 games…

    Comment by Sox2727 — May 21, 2011 @ 10:10 am

  20. I think it’s his smooshed grape nut head/face

    Comment by Beckham's Grape Nut head — May 21, 2011 @ 11:31 am

  21. But the kid was actually hitting the pinata.

    Comment by Kevin — May 21, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

  22. Gordon came out of nowhere his junior year with Georgia after having mild success his first two seasons, and he hasn’t really had a chance to play and prove with sustained success at any particular level. He was rushed, but I’m not sure he’s as strong a long term solution as originally projected anyway.

    (his draft prospectus was helium filled, and I was pretty ticked when the White Sox passed on Justin Smoak)

    Comment by baty — May 21, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

  23. Does no one else see the irony in this comment?

    Comment by Rowan — May 21, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

  24. For what it’s worth he has looked much better this series versus LA

    Comment by NS7 — May 21, 2011 @ 6:04 pm

  25. As soon as FG writes a “What’s Wrong With …” article about a player, fantasy owners should move them into the starting linuep. *grin*

    After a player’s good rookie season, it is often projected that they will just keep getting better and better each year until they become (insert name of Future Hall of Famer).

    Advanced scouting usually does a number on these guys for a bit until they show that they can make the necessary adjustments. Some do and some don’t, but the ML is an absolute nightmare environment to be struggling. No mercy, to say the least.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — May 21, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

  26. It is a little surprising that the Sox haven’t used Lillibridge’s good start as an excuse to send Beckham down. When Lillibridge inevitably slumps they could bring him back up without getting much heat from the media.

    Comment by Edwincnelson — May 22, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

  27. Ozzie said that the Sox considered sending Beckham down last year but Ozzie resisted. No way he get sent down this year.

    Comment by RichPaleandhosed — May 23, 2011 @ 4:50 am

  28. I agree. High fastballs are super hard to hit because it’s harder to bring your hands up than it is to bring them down. Having your hands below your belt is like intentionally making every fastball into a high fastball.

    Comment by Mike H — May 23, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

  29. Baty, you do realize he was a freshman All-American in 2006 and helped lead UGA to the CWS that year, right? That’s not exactly out of nowhere

    Comment by D — May 25, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

  30. I totally agree. He has way too many moving parts to hit consistently at the major league level. He’s so talented though and has had some success that I think Walker is hesitant to rebuild him. Watch this video of Martin Prado hitting. That’s a good swing!

    Comment by Mat — May 29, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

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