Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Freddie's career not dead

Freddie Bynum, Wilson's only major league baseball player at the moment, was picked up by the Washington Nationals last month, reports Bill Ladson of MLB.com.

Bynum, a Beddingfield High School graduate, was one of 13 players signed to a Minor League contract by the Nationals.The list included former Wilson Tob Brad Eldred.

A four-year MLB veteran, Bynum, who is expected to appear at the 35th annual Hot Stove League Banquet on Jan. 26, spent the last two seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. His best season was with the Chicago Cubs, who acquired him from the Oakland Athletics prior to the 2006 season. Bynum hit .257 in 136 at-bats with four home runs, 12 runs batted in and eight steals in his only season in Chicago. He was traded to the Orioles before 2007. In his first season in Baltimore, Bynum batted .260 in 96 at-bats with 11 RBIs but his on-base and slugging percentages were lower.

Injuries plagued him last summer as he batted just .179 in 112 at-bats with an anemic .220 on-base percentage and five errors in 142 chances at shortstop.

Hopefully, Freddie has a great season and can stick with the Nationals. Should Bynum and Eldred make the Nationals' roster, they will be joined by Ryan Zimmerman as players with Wilson connections. Zimmerman's father, Keith, played third base for Atlantic Christian (now Barton) College in the 1980s (I think, although it may have been the late '70s).

Since Washington is the closest major league team to Wilson, that makes perfect sense.

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