Not huge news but something to think about. If the A's hit guys like Kotsay, Ellis or Bradley in the 9, 1, 2 spots or something similar to my sig, he could have some solid RBI totals. Plenty of protection either side, this could be nice for Crosby owners. Personally I wouldn't hit him three, although all he did was shine in that spot last season.
PHOENIX -- A's shortstop Bobby Crosby got 250 of his 333 at-bats last season in the No. 3 spot in the batting order, and that a second-year player was trusted in such a role speaks volumes about Crosby's rapid development.
That Crosby again will see quite a bit of time in the three-hole this year, after the A's added established middle-of-the-lineup threats in Milton Bradley and Frank Thomas over the winter, speaks volumes, too.
"I thought it was cool to do it last year, but this year it's different," Crosby said Monday before a morning workout at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
Different because last year the A's didn't really have a prototypical No. 3 hitter. Crosby concedes that he landed in the role almost by default. Bradley and Thomas, though, have batted third for much of their careers. And while both might be in that spot at times this year, too, Crosby appears to be the favored option.
"To be third, surrounded by the guys we have, it's weird," said Crosby, adding that Eric Chavez could bat third, too. "But I like it because it shows more confidence in me. There's a certain amount of pressure that comes with it, and I like that kind of pressure."
Pressure on Crosby is something the A's tried to alleviate when he was a rookie in 2004. The team planted him in the bottom third of the order and asked that he worry mainly about playing solid defense. He ended up hitting 22 homers and winning the American League Rookie of the Year award.
"What they did with me was smart, because it kept expectations under control," Crosby said. "And what they did with me last year, I think, was perfect timing, moving me into the third spot when they did. There wasn't a lot of pressure there, either, because we were struggling as a team when they did it.
"Now, though, I want that pressure. I want those expectations. That's just the kind of player I am. When you bat third, people expect more of you, and at this point in my career, I expect more out of myself."