Okay, so young Barney Aaron he ain’t.
Barney has laughed when he’s seen his name on MLBTradeRumors.com. He doesn’t exactly grind out at-bats (.304 on-base percentage), or hit for power (.666 OPS), but he’s an elite defender at second base and a potential team leader.
“It’s very hard to feel comfortable in this game,” Barney said. “I feel like I’ve underachieved in my production offensively. I feel like I can be better.
“I’m pleased with the way I’ve played defensively, but in no way am I pleased with the results of the team. That’s what it’s all about. Coming into this year, I really, really thought we were going to contend, and I think we all feel (that) we’ve underachieved. There’s a lot of work to do.”
...Factor in the diving plays to his left and his right and the sprints into the outfield, the Cubs should feel good up the middle for years to come with Castro and Barney.
“The defense he’s had all season long has been incredible,” Sveum said. “It’s hard to believe that there’s been a better second baseman in baseball defensively than Barney.
“(This is) a guy that goes out there every single day to try to be a Gold Glover.”
Posted: July 12, 2012 at 09:00 PM | 44 comment(s)
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