Heroes are remembered but legends never die. And neither do marginally talented former MLB players who wish The Show offered free refills on their cups of coffee. In the Spanish version of “Player of the Week”, we’ll take a look at those players still white-knuckle clutching to the dream in the Mexican Leagues all while spending their off days at la Gallera.
Our inaugural Jugador de la Semana is one of The Been’s boys (we’ll commonly refer to and poke fun at players which seem to have a strange hold on either my or Been’s heart). One such player who most in the frigid tundra of St. Paul will remember is lovable Lew Ford.
Lew Ford, originally drafted by the BoSox in the 12th round, compiled a .272 AVG in 1514 ABs during his 5 year cameo with the Minnesota Twins. The guy even finished 24th in the 2004 AL MVP voting. But alas, he hasn’t sniffed the Bigs since 2007 as Minnesota fans have replaced him with other pasty players such as Mauer and Morneau.
But at 33, Lightning Lew Ford is absolutely raking for the Guerreros de Oaxaca to the tune of a .314/.418/.543 line. That’s a .961 OPS folks. Translation services tell me that’s .023 higher than Albert Pujols right now. It appears that Lew’s bat is bilingual.