Guess what happens when you hit .220, garner 8 walks compared to 27 strike-outs, hit a measly 4 home runs and commit 9 errors? You get sent down to the minors.
That is what has just happened to Athletics third baseman, Kevin Kouzmanoff.
“Kouz” was supposed to be the A’s long-term answer at 3rd base after the exit of oft-injured Eric Chavez. But, Kouz never found his rhythm in Oakland. In 2010, Kouzmanoff batted .247 with 16 home runs and 71 RBIs. Not terrible. He also committed 12 fielding errors, three more than he has this year so far but 9 more than he had all of 2009.
With Kouzmanoff’s ineffectiveness this year, the A’s have been desperately searching for a solution at third base. In addition to Kouz, they have tried Conor Jackson and Andy LaRoche with some extended time and have called up new Athletic Scott Sizemore and Adam Rosales fresh off the DL.
But for Kevin Kouzmanoff, this ends a very disappointing stint with the A’s. If he can turn it around in Sacramento, who knows.
Kevin Kouzmanoff’s reaction at hearing the demotion was, “I’m surprised, shocked. I didn’t see that coming.”
Well, we did…