ESPN Insider rates 10 overrated players. Dave Roberts is one of them
Dave Roberts' scouting report reads, "Great weapon off the bench. Ideal 25th man because of his speed. A disruptive force in close games. Ideal bench player for late innings." That pretty much says it all, except that he's the starting center fielder on a club that expects to contend. If Roberts would learn the strike zone and walk more, he could be a decent regular. But a career OBP of .320 plainly doesn't cut it without a much higher batting average and serious line-drive power.
One of the first special events: Rickey Henderson bobblehead night, of course.
The official announcement of Henderson's signing is expected today when Henderson arrives in Mesa at Hohokam Stadium, the spring training complex of the Chicago Cubs, where the Surf Dawgs are training. He was not available for comment last night.
Henderson continues to delay his Hall of Fame eligibility by playing professionally. He played the past two seasons for the Newark (N.J.) Bears in the independent Atlantic League. In 2003, he batted .339 with eight home runs and 33 RBI in 56 games before a midseason return to the majors with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Last season, he stole 37 bases for the Bears.
Henderson's 25-year major league career includes three seasons - 1996, '97 and 2001 - with the Padres.
I love the fact that Rickey just loves to play baseball, he'll play anytime anywhere with anybody. Good Ol' Rickey. Here's an old PFS76 article on the SurfDawgs Logo, comparing it to Poochie from the Simpsons.