1B Sean Casey: Is He For Real?

Going into his 11th year in MLB, “the Mayor”, as he is called by some fans, has done the unthinkable in the mind of today’s modern athlete. He has opted to take a lesser role to play on a winning team in contention for another World Series title (it would be their second in a row and their 3rd since 2004). He admittedly had offers on the table as a starting First baseman for a handful of teams, but in the end, he choose a one year contract for less money for the opportunity to play in Boston. 

After all, he is a lifetime .301 hitter as is seen below and he’s no slouch with the leather either! He was an All Star  three times (in 1999, 2001 & 2004). So why, at age 33, has he signed with the Red Sox as a back up? The simple answer is, taken from a radio interview I heard last week on Boston’s WEEI, he wants a chance to win a ring. He is rated as one of the nicest men in baseball by his peers as well as a great teammate. 

I can see the point of view of the Red Sox, every day 1B Kevin Youkilis usually slows down after the All Star break and Casey would be in place to give him a much needed rest during the first half so that he’s not so tired or worn down in the second half. Also, this could also spell some relief for aging Third baseman Mike Lowell this year as Youkilis, a former Third baseman, can relieve Lowell more with Casey playing First! 

I mean, with the exception of his numbers in only 53 games with Detroit in 2006, does this look like the numbers of a back up? 

Year TEAM R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP
1997 Cle 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 .200 .333
1998 Cin 44 82 21 1 7 52 43 45 1 .272 .365
1999 Cin 103 197 42 3 25 99 61 88 0 .332 .399
2000 Cin 69 151 33 2 20 85 52 80 1 .315 .385
2001 Cin 69 165 40 0 13 89 43 63 3 .310 .369
2002 Cin 56 111 25 0 6 42 43 47 2 .261 .334
2003 Cin 71 167 19 3 14 80 51 58 4 .291 .350
2004 Cin 101 185 44 2 24 99 46 36 2 .324 .381
2005 Cin 75 165 32 0 9 58 48 48 2 .312 .371
2006 Det 17 45 7 0 5 30 10 21 0 .245 .286
2006 Pit 30 63 15 0 3 29 23 22 0 .296 .377
2007 Det 40 134 30 1 4 54 39 42 2 .296 .353
Total 676 1467 308 12 130 718 460 552 17 .301 .366

 

**If you know of any other player in the majors that has shown this type of selflessness, please add them to the comments section!**

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