If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you probably know that I’m a HUGE Kevin Kouzmanoff fan. I’ve loved that guy ever since he joined the Padres in 2007. He’s just the sweetest, cutest guy, and he was an excellent third baseman when he played for us. I absolutely love him.
But then there came a day that broke my heart: January 16, 2010. The Padres traded away my baby to the Oakland A’s for Scotty Hairston and Aaron Cunningham. I was devastated. I had already endured two really hard partings when the Padres got rid of Trevor Hoffman and Jake Peavy. I thought those were hard. But trading Kevin Kouzmanoff…that was a huge blow. Kouz wasn’t the only reason I was a Padres fan, but man, it sure helped to love a player that much.
So after Kouz was traded, my fanhood suffered. Not going to lie. It was actually really hard to not have a favorite player to cheer for. Don’t get me wrong, I am a Padres fan, no matter who’s on the team. I will always be a Padres fan. But there was something about Kouz that made me even more excited about the team. I tried to make myself find a new favorite player after he left, but it didn’t work at all.
I still miss Kouz to this day. Chase Headley has been good for us at third, but he doesn’t have a glove in the Hall of Fame (thanks for that reminder Gaslamp Ball.)
Anyway, the whole point of this blog post is that Kouz was sent down to Triple-A a few days ago. As he was, I was shocked! He hasn’t been in the minors since 2006! He’s a proven major league player who has a lot of injuries and stuff, but he’s a solid ballplayer. I can’t help but be reminded of early 2007, when Kouz was doing so horribly for the Padres. Despite the cries to send him down, Bud Black stuck with him, and eventually, Kouz got out of his rut. But the A’s didn’t do it that way.
Before he got sent down, Kouz was hitting .221 for the A’s. I don’t know why that’s such a big deal, because the Padres’ entire lineup had batted below that multiple times, and we didn’t do anything as drastic as sending a major league proven player down to Triple-A.
I don’t agree with this move at all, mostly because I’m such a big fan of Kouz’, but really, do the A’s think that going down to Triple-A will help him? He’s been in the majors for five years. I think that most players get to a point where they’re just not going to get any better. Kouz is not a bad player, but I don’t think his skill comes naturally. He has to work super hard to keep himself in shape and game-ready, and his poor back doesn’t help too much either.
I do hope that this move will help Kouz more than hinder him. It’ll be weird to see him in the minors for a while, but hopefully he will tear it up down there and be called back up really soon.
I love you Kouz. And man, I miss you so much.