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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Articles tagged: Gordon Beckham

10 MLB players who are turning heads in spring training

Jason Kipnis

It’s hard to draw much of a conclusion from spring training. Players are all at different levels of fitness, some guys find hot streaks at the right time, and guys slug eight homers in two weeks and then are never heard from again.

Still, it’s worth taking a look at which players are off to a good spring start. As ever, small sample sizes are everywhere, and only so much should be drawn from these numbers. Still, it’s always best to get off to a good start, and that’s what these ten players have done.

1) Jason Kipnis, Indians

The Indians are still trying to figure out where Kipnis fits into their plans after Jose Ramirez displaced him as the team’s everyday second baseman. That’s not really Kipnis’ problem; his issue was convincing the team that he still has a part to play. He’s certainly done that so far. The two-time all-star has slugged six home runs in 17 spring at-bats, with 12 RBIs and a .529 average on top of it. The guy can still hit. Cleveland would be wise to find a spot on the diamond for him to do it.

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Gordon Beckham Apologizes for Writing ‘Getz is Gay’ in Dirt (Picture)

White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham apologized Friday for writing a friendly insult towards ex-teammate Chris Getz. Beckham wrote the message out in the infield dirt during Monday’s game against the Royals, saying “Getz is gay.” Getz currently plays second base for the Royals after spending the ’08 and ’09 seasons with the White Sox.

“I just want you to know that that’s not me,’’ Beckham said Friday. “I don’t use slurs. I have a lot of gay friends. I didn’t mean it as anything ­— you know, like gay as in . . . happy! Or, you know, an alliteration — ‘Getz is gay.’ ’’

“It’s the first time I’ve ever done anything like that with Chris,’’ he said. “And I didn’t even see his reaction. I asked him afterward if he was going to write anything back, and he said no. It was wrong. It was stupid. If I offended anyone, I apologize. I wish I could take it back, but I can’t.’

Beckham was portrayed as someone genuinely regretful for his actions, recognizing it was childish and out of character. Even though he was just playing around with a friend, the point in this case is the same as it was with Kobe Bryant and Joakim Noah: calling someone “gay” is not an acceptable insult. It’s an offensive slur to gay people and it should not be taken lightly just because most of the population is heterosexual. Come up with another term to describe someone who is “weird” or “strange” or “lame.” It really is not that hard to vary your vocabulary.

Picture Credit: Sun-Times

Ken Williams Pranks Gordon Beckham

It’s somewhat of a compliment to have your name tossed around at the trade deadline in Major League Baseball. It’s a sign that you’re desired, that teams want you. At the same time, having your name mentioned in trade rumors can also leave you somewhat paranoid. Players will constantly wonder if they’re going to be traded.

Even though he’s having a down season, White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham was worrying about his status. Beckham knew his name was involved in rumors and that GM Ken Williams is unafraid of making shocking deals. Apparently Williams was well aware of Beckham’s mentality and decided to take advantage of the situation. As this video recaps, Kenny called Beckham into manager Ozzie Guillen’s office 10 minutes prior to the trade deadline to screw with the kid’s head. You have to hear more about the pressure-packed situation in this video of Ken Williams pranking Gordon Beckham courtesy of Chicago Breaking Sports:

 

I don’t know if MLB Network had a camera crew filming the joke for an episode of The Show, but that sure was a made-for-TV moment. As far as baseball pranks go, that was pretty good. Although I do have to say that Adam Dunn’s prank of Jay Bruce is still my favorite.

Video Credit: Chicago Breaking Sports