How Far Koskie Has Come

Haven't seen a lineup yet for this afternoon's Cubs-Mariners game, but Lou Piniella's stated plan with Corey Koskie is to "probably play him every couple days and see how he does..."

Koskie started Tuesday's game against the Dodgers and ripped a double off the centerfield wall in his first at-bat. He also walked and grounded out.

In looking for some information on Koskie, I came across an mlb.com article from April of last year, when the longtime Twin, still suffering from the after-effects of a concussion he suffered as a Brewer, dropped by the Metrodome.

The former Twins third baseman was...visiting with some
of his old teammates on Wednesday and talked about the constant
struggles that he still has with post-concussion syndrome.

...Just being down on the field at the dome
without having any problems was something that he considered to be a
big step.

It's been nearly two years since Koskie was last on a baseball field.
He suffered his concussion on July 5, 2006 when he chased down a
shallow popup while playing for the Brewers. He did not hit his head on
the play, but the effects of the concussion he suffered has been
lingering ever since.

That means getting dizzy and nauseous at times, and Koskie said
it's not necessarily during just physical activity. He can be watching
hockey on TV or a fast-paced television show when the symptoms develop.

"I don't know if I'm going to wake up one day and it will all be gone,"
Koskie said. "Or if there is going to be some stuff that's lingering
and I have to deal with it the rest of my life. I just don't know."

Koskie became a free agent this past fall when the Brewers
declined their 2008 option on his contract. Whether any teams would be
willing to take a chance on the 34-year-old, once he's fully recovered,
is also uncertain.

And until Koskie knows what his future entails, being around
baseball is tough. Just how much he misses the game was clear from the
look on his face, and he even declined the chance to go lean on the
batting cage and talk to some of the Twins as they took batting
practice.

"I'm not going to lean on the cage until I'm retired or I've got a
uniform on," Koskie said. "Right now, I'm in this kind of halfway
thing. I would still like to play baseball, but physically, I'm not
able to right now."

As a part-time Twins fan and full-time White Sox-hater, I have always liked Koskie, who delivered many Sox-killing hits in his Minnesota days. But just on a human level, the possibility that Koskie could stick with the Cubs will be, as Piniella says, "a nice story if it materializes."

Comments

Hard not to root for this guy.

DLee Dclines to play for Team USA in the WBC.

"I'm not going, I'm not even playing here."

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090319&c...

Hard to believe he was the next choice. He's not even hitting now. Who's next on their list?

HOFF-POWER!

For some reason this just made me think of He-Man.

By the power of Grayskull, I..Hoff...the Power!

[edit] Speaking of, I'll now be referring to him as He-Man. I hope this doesn't confuse anyone.

Dlee was asked because he was on their provisional roster (which is estentially the 40-man roster of the WBC.) As of right now the only postion players on that roster that are fully healthy are Longoria and Ludwick. Sizemore, Wells and Hawpe pulled out out before the tourney because of injuries and Lee got hurt during camp. Quentin ended the year on the DL so he will need an insurance waiver from the Sox if he wants to play. If the Brewers pull out Braun, Team USA is going to be forced to add a 3rd catcher (AJ) or an extra pitcher.

http://mlb.mlb.com/wbc/2009/rosters/index.jsp?rost...

Sizemore is playing and knocking the crap out of the ball... my vote is they get him.

Cubs put up a six-spot in the third, back-to-back jacks by Hoffpower and Fox. 6-1 in the bottom half of that frame.

Wow!

Cannot Fox play defense at least as well as Adam Dunn?

you set the bar low enough for Fox to match it...hehe.

springs:
Hard not to root for this guy.

Maybe I'm just a callous a-hole, but I don't really care if he makes the team or not.

I'm more concerned with the Cubs winning the big one. It's been 100 years and I want to see them win in my lifetime. I'm 31 and considering my lifestyle, alcohol consumption, diet, and propensity to piss people off, I figure another 35 years is optimistic.

But if he returns to the player he was and makes the team instead of Gathright, I surely think that's a step in the right direction for the team as well.

he's not even capable of baseball activity yet...that's not gonna happen.

plus he's not fast and he dont play CF which seems to be what's going for gath right now (besides stuff like being a great clubhouse guy with a calm attitude, etc etc).

I am confused. How is he playing if he's not capable of baseball activity?

actually i'm confused...i didn't know he was back yet with the real club.

man...was watching royals 30/30 on mlb network (yes, im that bored).

i still miss bo jackson. he wasn't going to be one of the best, but he had so many absolutely amazing raw tools...enough to actually mask the skills he lacked. fielding, arm, speeeeeeed, power...talent...pure pure pure talent.

And, don't forget - he could break a bat over the knee with the best ever!

that's one of the things i liked about him...all his artificial hype and commercial presence aside, he managed to add color to his story without trying hard or it being his main focus.

if i was a royals fan i'd be pissed, but that wasn't in my realm...hehe

before his hip humbled him he was a nice compliment to ricky henderson.

I think the Cubs could get to the Playoffs most assuredly if they could get as many games as they can with Seattle, Pirates, Reds, Pads, Nationals. The AL East this year is certainly no cakewalk.

Actually, nor is the AL Central!

I don't think one in 50 baseball experts could correctly predict in which order the AL Central teams will finish this year.

I love the MLB Network... greatest channel on tv...

but the only thing that completely drives me nuts is the farking Viagra commercials during every break! i guess they are immune to recession! i think i'd rather watch Frank TV commercials...

I know what you mean kid, sitting through even a half hour is really hard.

delivery confirmation on callahan...

COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON! COME ON!

TV sucks.

Gammons says Lilly might not open the season in the rotation.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=...

"with Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot -- who have been double-play partners for LSU"

Thanks Peter Gammons, learn something new everyday!

Well, Gammons doesn't just write for Chicago Cubs fans.

I think anyone who has ever seen any cubs game EVER has been informed how Riot and FonteGOD played together at LSU.

And, Gammons should only write to cubs fans. No one else matters.

Not sure what you think you're doing. That's not an honest quote of Gammons, you cherry picked apart a sentence. His point was, Theriot and Fontenot have been double play partners for three different teams. But if he had put it that way most readers would be left wondering, what three teams?

Gammons says Lilly might not open the season in the rotation.
---
...using that logic, neither will Oswalt or Peavy

sean seems to have won the 5th roster spot officially...

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090319&c...

Winning the 5th starter spot in spring training should be featured in "Much Ado About Nothing." I would bet that the average starts that person gets for MLB teams is about 8.

So then, by that logic...Jason Marquis had 8 starts last season?

I am going to out on a limb and take the over on Sean Marshall and 8 starts.

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  • Only Russell and Miggy failed to reach base yesterday. Both sit today.

    billybucks 3 min 29 sec ago view
  • Trading Schwarber actually makes a lot of sense because his actual position is currently being taken by Anthony Rizzo, unless they vote in the DH this offseason.

    Trading him for a reliever is never going to happen though. I don't think you can trade Schwarber unless you get a CF'er for a few years (presume Fowler finds his multi-year deal next offseson) or a couple of high end young starters...or an established starter...a good one like Chris Sale.

    Rob G. 14 min 51 sec ago view
  • I don't see what the Yanks have that the Cubs need.

    Ryno 19 min 40 sec ago view
  • peter gammons on MLB network pushing the yanks/schwarber angle...says insiders from the yanks say brian cashman highly covets him.

    unless that conversation starts with a.miller (2/18m left on contract) i dunno how you even start that conversation given the "not trash, but no stars" state of the yanks minor league system.

    they got corner OF'r aaron judge, C gary sanchez, RHP james kaprielian's questionable elbow, RHP domingo acevedo...all interesting, none expected to impact the game like schwarber's power potential.

    crunch 53 min 4 sec ago view
  • Zo, Heyward, KB, Riz, Contreras (LF), Baez (SS), Szczur (CF), Ross, Lester

    Cubster 1 hour 56 sec ago view
  • damn. low sample size blah blah whatever, but that slash got sneaky good. 10 hits, 4 walks, 2hr, 1 double through 39 PA...nice

    crunch 1 hour 20 min ago view
  • Buddy Ryan takes his place alongside George Allen as the great Bear head coaches who never were.

    VirginiaPhil 4 hours 15 min ago view
  • Well, at least he can still hit: Jake slashing .294/.368/.868. Forget hitting 8th -- he should hit 6th.

    billybucks 4 hours 33 min ago view
  • Curious to see today's lineup vs. a LHP: Ross needs to catch Lester, Joe likes Javy at 3B when Lester pitches. Heyward with back-to-back good games at the plate, and is actually hitting a little better against LHP (.247/.341) than RHP (.232/.321), although neither is much to write home about. But, tomorrow is an early day game, so some regulars will probably sit either today or tomorrow.

    Maybe Willson in LF, KB in RF and Almora in CF? If so, Albert Jr., assume every ball is yours.

    billybucks 4 hours 38 min ago view
  • "Pitching prospects not looking so hot"

    That reminds me that Lucas Giolito will start for the Nats tonight.

    VirginiaPhil 4 hours 41 min ago view
  • Well, there you go. Federowicz is one of the best at balls in the dirt.

    VirginiaPhil 5 hours 1 min ago view
  • Reds pitching meeting tomorrow:

    "Hey coach...maybe we should walk Bryant?"
    "No...keep challenging him with fastballs! What kind of man are you?! The Cubs walked Harper, and look what happened there! They got teased for it, by one of the Nat players! Is that what you want?"

    billybucks 15 hours 42 min ago view
  • How can I get that feature? I think it woudl be a win-win for all involved.

    billybucks 15 hours 46 min ago view
  • Ian Happ is hitting.733 after 5 games at Tennessee. He went into tonight's game hitting .667 -- and went 3-for-3 to raise his average.

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    Did Jiminez get hurt? I noticed he came out early yesterday.

    billybucks 16 hours 34 min ago view
  • Contreras keeps hitting/walking like this, and Miggy keep up the poor D and lack of offense - the kid could be the #1 catcher very soon.

    billybucks 16 hours 40 min ago view
  • it doesn't hurt that the Cardinals lose the KC and the Pirates lost too.

    Cubster 16 hours 40 min ago view