Mark Ellis will always be my favorite A’s second baseman of all-time (barely beating out current third base coach, Mike Gallego of course). Ellis is a guy you just can’t help but like. He’s the total professional, most underrated glove in MLB, and a very consistent hitter.
That is until this year of course. I don’t know if age is catching up but Mark Ellis hasn’t been able to hit the baseball. Don’t believe me? Just ask his .210 batting average. For a career .260 hitter who happened to hit .291 last year, that’s a pretty significant drop-off.
Then Ellis gets hurt and the A’s finally get to see their second baseman of the future, Jemile Weeks. What does Weeks do in his first big league stint? He bats .321 with 4 doubles and 3 triples in only 14 games and flashes the speed and excitement that few (if any) players on the current A’s roster have.
Fact is – the future is now and Mark Ellis is not part of the future. While the A’s I’m sure look for a suitor for Ellis (I’ve heard lots of rumblings about the Giants as one), Ellis will play a platoon role in the infield and watch as his replacement continues to shine.
But, Ellis does it all with class. As one would expect.