Eric Hinske has been around Major League Baseball for the better part of ten plus years. He has been sort of a journeyman. Some of the most beloved years he spent were those in the Atlanta Braves organization when he was the locker mate of the legendary Chipper Jones. Yet when Chipper gave Hinske a shout-out during his retirement speech, it must have rang just a bit hollow. Hinske had been called into the office of Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson before batting practice on Friday and told that the team was designating him for assignment.
Hinske had been looking forward to the ceremony honoring his old friend as much as fellow Diamondback teammate Martin Prado had. He got to return to a place he loved to play and be on hand with his new team while his old one honored Chipper. Instead he was dealing with the hard truth that he had a difficult decision to make. He could wind up trying out the free agent market or he actually could wind up finding his way back to the DBacks organization in the minor leagues.
Either way it is a bitter pill to swallow. Even Gibson himself admits that he put Hinske in a bad situation because he asked a lot of him even though he only had a few more than 50 at-bats all season. The tough part about it is that Hinske has plenty of baseball left in him. He might have a few less games left than he did a few years ago but he had a lot to offer a major league club. As many teams as are still in the race across baseball, I would hope that Hinske lands somewhere else and gets himself more playing time.