Who the F*ck is Clint Barmes?

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.

6 comments… add one
  • Why do I get the feeling that my grandmother could hit 30 hr’s at coors field?

    Joe in NJ April 27, 2005, 3:39 pm
  • I actually grabbed him late in my fantasy baseball draft (24th of 25). Going to platoon him with Ray Durham and sit Barmes whenever he’s on the road. Check out these INSANE home/road splits: .500/.549/.826 at Coors, .300/.323/.400 (still not too bad) elsewhere.
    Check Matt Holliday if you’re looking for an outfielder to do a home/road Coors platoon with, as well. .404/.429/.617 at Coors, .194/.257/.194 elsewhere.

    Clay April 27, 2005, 4:14 pm
  • And speaking of fantasy baseball, golly did A-Rod’s performance last night give me a boost.

    Clay April 27, 2005, 4:15 pm
  • Thankfully I am rotisserie-free, after 15 years of immersion in the game. I don’t know about you, Clay, but after a while I got tired of rooting for the Sox to score unearned runs off a closer I owned in order to have the Sox win but not hurt my team. Also, I began to look at the intentional base on balls as something of a personal insult, raising my staff’s WHIP for no good reason whatsoever.
    Free at last, free at last.

    SF April 27, 2005, 5:12 pm
  • So far, for the 4 years now I’ve been at it, it’s been more passing interest than driving obsession.
    It’s a bit more interesting now that I’m in a private league – my first few experiences were with public Yahoo leagues where one third of the owners were missing after the draft and the another third were gone by the all star break. With this league I know most of the other owners. Also, I tend to be pretty hands-off when managing. Fire-and-forget. This is really the first year I’ve done anything remotely clever like a home/road platoon. I’m not at the point where I’m looking ahead at starting pitching matchups other than to beware of Coors Field.

    Clay April 27, 2005, 6:23 pm
  • In response to YF’s question: they’re called “prospects.” You can look it up.

    Sam April 27, 2005, 6:51 pm

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