Wednesday, November 21, 2007

So Long Pods

Scott Podsednik was an enigma. When he was healthy, it seemed as if he could do no wrong. When he wasn't... well that's a different story.

2005 started out so promising for Scott. He always seemed to find a way to first base. Then he'd be on third in the blink of an eye. He really helped the White Sox get that huge lead in the Central by mid season. He even made the All-Star team in 2005 by fan vote. Then the injuries started to happen. Stolen bases went way down and he couldn't get on base to save his life.

He finally got healthy enough to participate down the stretch and in the playoffs. The playoffs is where Scott really shined. He had two home runs in the post-season, after hitting zero in the regular season. The White Sox broke an 88 year drought with a World Series Championship in 2005. Scott was happy, the Sox were happy, Chicago was happy. He even got a cameo on SNL.

Then in February 2006, Scott married former Playmate Lisa Dergan. Scott's focus didn't seem to be on the game and the injuries just started to pile on, one after the other. Even though he got his first grand slam in 2006, it was a down year statistically.

The White Sox figured 2006 was a fluke and gambled on Scott being healthy and back to form. They lost their shirts. 2007 saw Scott play less time because of injuries. Finally, the Sox designated Scott for assignment on November 20, 2007. They couldn't chance another outfield mess like the 2007 season. In another week and a half, we should see what's in store for Scott Podsednik. He could be outrighted to the minors, released, traded or waived.

The future does not look bright for Scott right now. Hopefully, he'll get healthy and start stealing bases again. It just probably won't be for the White Sox. He has a lot of upside, but it's really a gamble to find out.

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