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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  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 9 hours 25 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 12 hours 22 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 12 hours 35 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 12 hours 44 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 12 hours 49 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 13 hours 7 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 13 hours 43 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 14 hours 1 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 14 hours 3 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 14 hours 21 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 14 hours 28 min ago view
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 15 hours 24 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 15 hours 41 min ago view
  • 9 pitches in and this game already rules.

    HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).

    ...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.

    crunch 15 hours 46 min ago view
  • First time I saw Herrera was yesterday. He took like 100 pitches, fouled off a ton off Lester.

    Very nice young player and perfect leadoff guy.

    The E-Man 16 hours 56 min ago view
  • Obviously not Phil. But he mentioned this on Wednesday.

    "Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day is Saturday June 4th, so probably about 8-10 pitchers and position players presently at EXST in Mesa will be sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (probably sometime this week) and be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2."

    In the comments here: http://www.thecubreporter.com/05242016/cub-power-d...

    QuietMan 17 hours 35 min ago view