Please excuse this digression, but we feel compelled to note that there’s a Major League shortstop hitting .421 with an obp of .476, 4 homers, and 15 rbi. No, it’s not Derek, it’s not Miguel, and it sure as hell ain’t Edgar Renteria. So who is this mystery man? The Rockies’ Clint Barmes. B-A-R-M-E-S. Barmes. Coors Field is handy, isn’t it?
Feel bad that you missed this guy? So did everybody else. Baseball America ranked him behind not one but two other Colorado rookies, Jeff Francis and Garrett Atkins. (Admittedly, they predicted big production.) Expect an avalanche of feature stories to begin any day now.