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

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Downtown Bookie
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP 2018 Apr 16: Beto strikes out but is a hit at baseball fundraiser
(1305 - 2:02am, Apr 23)
Last: Gonfalon Bubble

NewsblogCallaway says Harvey might not make his next start after performance in 12-4 loss to Braves
(13 - 1:37am, Apr 23)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogWhite Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar in critical condition after suffering ruptured aneurysm
(19 - 1:34am, Apr 23)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogOT - 2017-18 NBA thread (All-Star Weekend to End of Time edition)
(2462 - 1:18am, Apr 23)
Last: f_cking sick and tired of being 57i66135

Newsblog'Family' and sense of 'brotherhood' has Diamondbacks picking up right where they left off
(4 - 12:46am, Apr 23)
Last: the Hugh Jorgan returns

NewsblogOT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (April - June 2018)
(76 - 11:17pm, Apr 22)
Last: Omineca Greg

NewsblogESPN's top 50 players
(48 - 11:13pm, Apr 22)
Last: CrosbyBird

NewsblogLook at the size of this WEEKEND OMNICHATTER!, for April 21-22, 2018
(218 - 10:44pm, Apr 22)
Last: cardsfanboy

Sox TherapyLining Up The Minors
(10 - 9:45pm, Apr 22)
Last: Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer

NewsblogOT: Winter Soccer Thread
(1553 - 4:45pm, Apr 22)
Last: AuntBea calls himself Sky Panther

Hall of Merit2019 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion
(109 - 2:54pm, Apr 22)
Last: Kiko Sakata

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-20-2018
(32 - 12:50pm, Apr 22)
Last: shoewizard

NewsblogBraves sign Jose Bautista to a minor-league contract, will play third base
(35 - 11:48am, Apr 22)
Last: The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1942 Ballot
(3 - 9:28am, Apr 22)
Last: Chris Fluit

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1942 Discussion
(11 - 9:27am, Apr 22)
Last: Chris Fluit

Page rendered in 0.1100 seconds
47 querie(s) executed