Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Monday, December 17, 2012

J.J. Hardy: “Offensively, I thought it was a terrible year for me”

The Sweet Smell of Failure: This is the story of J.J.‘s year - But not the way he wants it told!

Hardy called into yesterday’s Hot Stove Baseball show on WBAL-Radio, and I asked about his offensive struggles. I phrased the question delicately, saying something like, “Looking back at your season personally offensively, what are your thoughts and where do you think you need to get better and what disappointed you about it?”

Hardy, to his credit, cut to the chase.

“Offensively, I thought it was a terrible year for me,” he said. “I felt like the whole year I was just kind of grinding through every at-bat. I didn’t feel like I ever got hot. I always say if I can just stay healthy and be on the field and play, that everything else will come, but last year was an unbelievable grind for me offensively.

“For me, I always just tried to help the team. If it means moving runners over, a sacrifice bunt, driving somebody in, it’s all part of the game. My average was pretty low. I wasn’t getting on base a whole lot, but it seemed like every time I did, (Adam Jones) would drive me in. I was scoring runs. I just wasn’t getting on base as much as I’d like.

“It started to become just trying to do something to help the team. It was a matter of, if we had someone on second base with nobody out, I had to get him over just so the next guy could get him in. I felt like i was going out there with a different approach than I might have if i was swinging the bat a lot better.”

Repoz Posted: December 17, 2012 at 02:37 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: orioles

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: December 17, 2012 at 08:19 AM (#4326506)
hardy had the same experience in 2009 which led to him being traded. the team had escobar in the wings, hardy was griping about hitting down in the lineup and doug melvin just got tired of the combination of outmaking and b8tching.

hardy has a stiff swing with obvious holes and i think teams just have to accept that there will be seasons where he won't hit much. you grit your teeth, appreciate the defense and know that the guy is contributing even when the outs pile up.

   2. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 17, 2012 at 10:32 AM (#4326601)
It's amazing that you can have a SS hit 22 HRs, and still be that bad offensively.
   3. puck Posted: December 17, 2012 at 11:15 AM (#4326654)
It was like a Clint Barmes season.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Andere Richtingen
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogThis is baseball’s home run breaking point | New York Post
(24 - 1:12am, Sep 21)
Last: Walt Davis

Newsblog‘Friends,’ the Sitcom That’s Still a Hit in Major League Baseball
(324 - 1:04am, Sep 21)
Last: Gonfalon Bubble

NewsblogDayton Moore on why Royals did not sell | MLB.com
(13 - 12:59am, Sep 21)
Last: QLE

NewsblogOMNICHATTER'S not the man they think he is at home, oh, no, no, no, for September 20, 2017
(87 - 12:56am, Sep 21)
Last: Bote Man

NewsblogOTP 18 September 2017: Ex-Baseball Star Darryl Strawberry Criticizes Jemele Hill, Praises POTUS: Trump is ‘A Great Man’
(672 - 12:46am, Sep 21)
Last: Ray (RDP)

NewsblogPat Neshek rips Zack Greinke for not signing autograph | SI.com
(16 - 11:59pm, Sep 20)
Last: The Duke

NewsblogYoenis Cespedes reveals his new offseason training plan | New York Post
(6 - 11:03pm, Sep 20)
Last: What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face?

Gonfalon Cubs15 To Go
(67 - 11:01pm, Sep 20)
Last: Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington

NewsblogMets' Jose Reyes: Continues late-season offensive bender
(17 - 10:38pm, Sep 20)
Last: Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb

NewsblogJosh Donaldson Wants You To Know: This Wasn’t A Catch
(47 - 10:31pm, Sep 20)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogA’s preferred stadium site criticized for causing gentrification, killing waterfowl | Field of Schemes
(59 - 9:39pm, Sep 20)
Last: Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant

NewsblogHow Tracking Technology Helped Baseball’s Best Fielding Outfielder - WSJ
(3 - 7:24pm, Sep 20)
Last: Sunday silence

NewsblogIf you’re the Red Sox, do you want to play the Indians or Astros in the divisional round of the playoffs?
(63 - 6:54pm, Sep 20)
Last: jacksone (AKA It's OK...)

NewsblogMust C: Five straight for Olson | MLB.com (video)
(12 - 5:08pm, Sep 20)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogOT-NBA off season thread
(2408 - 5:07pm, Sep 20)
Last: PASTE, Now with Extra Pitch and Extra Stamina

Page rendered in 0.1817 seconds
47 querie(s) executed