Fanball wrote:Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi explained on Tuesday that Shea Hillenbrand would be the team's starting first baseman in 2006. Eric Hinske made 100 appearances at first in 2005, while Hillenbrand logged only 67 games there. "Hinske is more of a right-handed platoon player right now," Ricciardi told the Toronto Sun. "Hillenbrand will play first."
Hillenbrand was the Jays' most consistent hitter in 2005, and we not surprised that Ricciardi would choose to give Shea the stable spot. Hinske will be in the mix at DH and still log some time at first, but we'll have to see who else the Jays bring in this offseason before knowing if Eric will have an every-day gig in 2006.
I was hoping J.P. would find a power bat for 1st base (and maybe he still will), but atleast Hillenbrand is a huge improvement on the guy they had there last year.