Mlb Week

October 01, 2006

A scout's take

On Frank Thomas, Athletics' 38-year-old designated hitter

COMEBACK -- He just seems to have his old swing back. ... He was given a second chance. When you look at what happened there in Chicago, I think there was just some hard feelings between the front office and ownership and him and the way it ended. A lot of times a player like that will have a comeback year.

MIND-SET -- I think he has a refreshed attitude that he is playing again. There was a period of time there from about November to January that I'm not sure he thought he was going to be playing again.

FUTURE -- He has gathered himself and put up all the numbers you'd want to see. I think at this stage in [a player's] career, you just wonder how many more years he'll put it together. I am sure some clubs will look at giving him [a multi-year deal].

Note: "A scout's take" features one major league scout's opinion on a particular player each week. A revolving roundtable of scouts is used. Because of potential tampering, the scouts are anonymous.

Say what?

"I don't know. ... Everybody in the world has my job. They have been running my obituary for months."

Chicago Cubs manager Dusty Baker, on whether he thinks he has a chance of returning in 2007. It is expected the Cubs will dismiss Baker, who signed a four-year, $14.5 million contract after leading the San Francisco Giants to the World Series in 2002, as early as tomorrow.

Numbing number

4

That's how many rookie pitchers on the Florida Marlins have won at least 10 games this season, the first time that has been accomplished in baseball history. The last club to have three rookies with 10 or more wins was the 1952 Brooklyn Dodgers. The 10-win Marlins rookies are Anibal Sanchez, Scott Olsen, Josh Johnson and Ricky Nolasco.

What's up?

Barring a one-game play-in tomorrow, the postseason will start with a tripleheader Tuesday featuring both American League Division Series and one in the National League. The American League Championship Series begins Oct. 10, and the NLCS starts the next day. Game 1 of the World Series, in the American League city, is Oct. 21, with Game 7 set for Oct. 29.

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