Time for South Jersey’s Darren Ford to be Playing in the Major Leagues
Dave Weinberg from The Press of Atlantic City recently tweeted “What are the Seattle Mariners waiting for? Get Darren Ford to the show!” No truer words could be said for this South Jersey guy who has been hitting at a career high rate in the minors.
Ford may be more ready for the majors than at any time in his baseball career. In this critical season for the 26-yr-old, he has responded after a stint on the disabled list to hit .367 (33-for-90) in 20 games for the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA level – just below the majors). The Vineland guy has 6 Doubles, 3 Triples, 1 Home Run and 12 Runs Batted In along with 11 Stolen Bases.
Ford has been a career .270 hitter in the minors since 2005, so this season can be deemed a breakthrough, and should provide Darren with a trip back to where he should be – The Major Leagues!
The Seattle Mariners have no reason not to give him a shot – the team is ranked 29th out of the 30 Major League teams in hitting (.230 batting average), they are dead last in on-base percentage (which Ford is around .400 at Tacoma), and is 25th in runs scored.
Ford could only improve all 3 areas of Seattle’s offense, plus bring speed to the top of their batting order. Seattle is 36-51, own the 3rd worst record in the majors, and are not going anywhere this year. What do they have to lose? Absolutely nothing!
We can only hope that the Mariners see what most in South Jersey know – Darren Ford deserves to be in “The Show”!