01/04/2013 10:37 AM
Devin Goodwin (File photo by Matthew Hicks.)
Manager Kenny Hook will admit it today, the T-Bones signed infielder Devin Goodwin for his defensive ability, including a rocket for an arm. The unknown, which turned out to be a huge bonus, was Goodwin’s ability at the plate.
See, Goodwin didn’t play organized baseball in 2011. By all accounts, when he finished with the Cardinals organization in 2010, his playing career was finished. Giving the game one more chance, though, besides shoring up the left side of the infield, Goodwin gave the T-Bones a bona fide power hitter. He finished in a tie for home runs in the American Association with 18. (Because of all of that, Goodwin was selected as the T-Bones’ Comeback Player of the Year in 2012.)
Four of Goodwin’s homers came during the final week of the season in two two-home-run games. His biggest night, perhaps, came during the biggest offensive night of the season for the T-Bones.
On Wednesday night, Aug. 29, Goodwin went four for four with two home runs in Kansas City’s 17-8 win at Amarillo. One night after a two-homer game, Goodwin had solo home runs in the sixth and seventh innings on the 29th. He also scored three runs and raised his batting average to .291.
The T-Bones scored in six consecutive innings, from the second through the seventh, including Ray Sadler’s two-out grand slam in the sixth inning. Rookie Spiker Helms went three for five with three singles.
“Goody was a great addition for our club in 2012,” Hook said. “That night, even though we were pretty much out of the race, put our record at 48-47, which was huge. And a big part of that, obviously, was Devin.”
Kansas City's 2013 home opener is on Saturday, May 18, against Wichita. Tickets for that series, as well as the rest of the 2013 season are available by calling the T-Bones ticket office at 913-328-BALL (2255).