Posted at 1:25 PM on April 29, 2005
by Bob Collins
Lew Ford has had a really good week, winning a couple of ballgames with a timely hit or otherwise making himself a big cog in the machine. Lew really shouldn't be doing it. Players just don't come along, have a big rookie (or almost rookie) season at 28, and then repeat it at 29. Most of those guys are gone by the time they're 30, and live on only in Walt Disney movies.
But, for now, he's doing it and as long as you can keep yourself from thinking of him as a fixture on the Twins for years to come, then enjoyment will surely follow.
Baseball-reference.com lists the players who are most like Lew. Unless you're a grizzled follower of the 1890s, you probably won't recognize anyone.
If you're a grizzled follower of the 1970s, you may recognize Merv Rettenmund, who posted a pretty good career for the Baltimore Orioles and California Angels.
But the site says the player most like Lew, is Charlie Abbey of the Washington Senators. Check out the numbers. Lew really is the second coming of Charlie Abbey.
I checked out Charlie's pedigree. He seems to have been best known for being one of several pairs of players who hit back-to-back inside-the-park homeruns; something that wasn't that hard to do until they put fences in. (Trivia time: the last time this was done was 1977 with Toby Harrah and Bump Wills. It was the first time it happened since 1949).