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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  • Well executed!

    I've been wracking my brain to work a "Room With a View" reference in there but I just haven't gotten it to work.

    JoePepitone 2 min 30 sec ago view
  • Bryant might be playing SS during an infield shift, no? Usually he is moved to 2B but it could happen.

    Cubster 13 min 46 sec ago view
  • I won't really be happy until I see Bryant at shortstop.

    Old and Blue 15 min 21 sec ago view
  • Yeah, Underwood impresses the internet scouts more than the opposing hitters. Blackburn and Williams have pitched well but they would be more interesting if they missed more bats.

    Myrtle Beach has a couple of guys--Trevor Clifton and Jake Stinnett--worth keeping an eye on.

    South Bend has the best record in the Midwest League but it's more about their bats than their starting pitching.

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 6 min ago view
  • Thanks Steve, I always forget about that.

    Rob Richardson 1 hour 9 min ago view
  • Maddon spins the wheel-o-lineups and Bryant is playing 1B.

    The line-ups, by the way, appear in the Twitter box on the left and usually very soon after they are made available.

    CTSteve 1 hour 12 min ago view
  • Looks like no Heyward or Rizzo in the lineup today.

    Rob Richardson 1 hour 28 min ago view
  • HAGSAG: Kevonte Mitchell has shown some improvement in 2016. He takes a lot of walks, shows occasional power, and he's an athletic defender capable of making the big play in the OF.

    However, he strikes out way too much, he doesn't always take the most-direct-route to get to balls hit into the air, and he sometimes runs himself into outs on the bases. He is still very raw.  

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 29 min ago view
  • E-MAN: I don't think Dallas Beeler has a long-term future with the Cubs, but (when healthy) he has gotten the call over the past couple of years as the "26th man" when the Cubs needed an extra starter in a doubleheader. 

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 44 min ago view
  • PHIL: Thanks for the wrap. A 2010 early-ish round Hendry draft pick, why do you surmise the new management team just doesn't cut bait on Beeler? Not shown that much as a starter. Does he have a power arm when right? Is he another Schlitter? Or, is he rosyer filler while the org waits out the lower-level arms to surpass him?

    The E-Man 2 hours 29 min ago view
  • Ryan Kellogg is still a fringy prospect despite being very old for low-A. He's putting up very good numbers no matter who he's facihg.

    John Beasley 5 hours 47 min ago view
  • Great article on Yosh and Nobe. Thanks for including it Trans.

    Hagsag 6 hours 4 min ago view
  • Phil, it looks like Kevonte Mitchell has made some progress this Spring. Your thoughts please, thanks.

    Hagsag 6 hours 9 min ago view
  • so far ryan williams (AAA) is the only system prospect on the "could be ready soon" horizon doing well...that said, he's not very exciting and he's assumed to be an end-rotation talent at best.

    paul blackburn is getting great early returns in AA, but he's getting surprisingly low K numbers doing it. he throws lot of low/sinking stuff with good control...also assumed to be an end-rotation guy, but he's got room to be better, especially given his control as base to build on.

    crunch 11 hours 25 min ago view
  • Speaking of pitching -- another ugly outing for Underwood at AA. Through 6 starts: 5.19 ERA, WHIP 1.69. Yikes!

    Man, do we need starting pitching depth. Our best hopes are still hanging with AZ Phil in Arizona. Very scary.

    billybucks 12 hours 23 min ago view
  • jeebus... that's terrible.

    Ryno 13 hours 24 min ago view