I honestly don't understand this Hicks story or where the information being fed to LEN3 is coming from.
In mid-May (not quite a month ago), we read about his lack of preparation including the line that he sometimes came to the ballpark w/o knowing th days opposing pitcher. In partial response to that one, Berardino made it clear that Hicks always knew who they were facing when he talked with him pre-game. (not going to look up that tweet/story but I remember it).
Then on May 29, the PP published an article entitled "Twins' Hicks Arriving Early, Taking More Cuts"http://www.twincitie...aking-more-cuts
which included this:Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said a bat has to be pried out of the hands of center fielder Aaron Hicks.
"He has had a bat in his hand every five seconds," Gardenhire said. "It's a little overkill for him."
Since the initial stories, Hicks' line has been: .263/.391/.316/.707
Not stellar but better than the start of the year and moving up.
In the last 7 days: .400/.500/.600/1.100
I realize he hasn't played much but it's hard to see anything too wrong there.
Then on Saturday, Hicks injured his shoulder making a pretty good diving catch -- personally, I wondered if he injured his shoulder right when the catch was made given the way he landed. I don't know why anyone would question soreness/stiffness in his shoulder.
We've seen other stories this week about Hicks' shoulder stiffness/soreness. There's also been some speculation around here that he needs to go to AAA to work on his game as a full-time right-handed batter. But they've just been ordinary stories/reports.
But I have been searching around the net and can't find anyone else with the venom of LEN3's comments. [COLOR=#333333][FONT=Arial] They finally criticized him in the press for not preparing well. And he hasn't responded.
There are people in the organization who believe he's blowing his chance here. [/FONT][/COLOR]
Hasn't responded? It looks to me like he has responded on the field. And from the little I could find, it sounds like he was working harder.
Then he had 2 injuries/near injuries in the field. The first on the leaping catch which saved a HR at the end of May. Gardenhire responded to that by keeping him on the bench for a couple of games as a precautionary measure (there was some discussion that he hurt his side going above the wall). And now we have the shoulder soreness -- if you watch that catch, I don't know why anyone might question that his shoulder might be sore.
The thing that bothers me most is LEN3's statement that: "There are people in this organization who believe he's blowing his chance here".
I don't know if this LEN3 printing some speculation because frankly, his coverage has been blown away by most other reporters coverage, or if someone in the Twins organization is feeding this to hm.
I've gone through a lot of other posts and can't find any other reporter speculating in this way.
While I think Aaron Hicks may well be put on the DL or optioned to Rochester, I think some of this pot-stirring may well be bad, lazy journalism.