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Game 20: Wingnuts 4, Saltdogs 0

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Box score — Wingnuts 4, Lincoln 0

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What to write about for tonight’s recap…hmm….

I could write about Adam Cowart and his seven strikeouts, but that was covered in the game story for Sunday.

I could write about Stephen Pearson’s two-day resurgance thanks to a haircut and new/old batting stance, but that’s been covered, too.

How about Josh Horn? How about a comparison between Josh Horn and his manager, former major leaguer and ex-Wingnuts shortstop Kevin Hooper? Yeah, that sounds good.

First of all, Horn isn’t quite as good. To put it mildly. When Hooper played here in 2008, he was just toying with pitchers. He could pretty much do whatever he wanted in any given at-bat and hit the ball pretty much anywhere. Well, except over the fence. He’s a small guy, not a lot of power.

Now I’m veering off track to make a comparison between Horn and myself. At one time, I was an above-average baseball player. At 17, I pretty much stopped being such. But before then, I could play. My age 13 season was one of my best (and how impressive is that, really)? And I remember a game against a really good team where I went hitless in my first three at-bats. Before I came up the next time, I made up my mind that I was going to absolutely get a hit in that at-bat, and I did.

That must have been Horn’s mentality tonight. In his first three at-bats, Horn accounted for five outs, with two double plays and a pop out. In the eighth, he came up with the bases loaded and two outs and the Wingnuts holding a 2-0 lead. He fell behind in the count 0-2, but on the third pitch he singled sharply to left field to drive in two runs. Horn must have told himself, “I’m getting a hit in this at-bat no matter what”, and he never wavered from that thought. And he got a hit.

So in some instances, I guess Horn can do whatever he wants with the bat, just like Hooper. So why isn’t Horn in Double-A right now? Can anyone definitively answer that question for me? It’s not as if scouts go in and out of Lawrence-Dumont Stadium to watch independent players, so I doubt Horn has received much exposure to big-league organizations. But still, why is Horn here?

If he’s just a tick below Hooper, at least for the sake of this argument…well, Hooper played in the big leagues and mostly in Triple-A. Horn is on the tier under Hooper, so he should logically be in Double-A. Right? Am I missing something? Scouts, if you’re reading this, leave a comment and let me know where my logic is flawed or  misguided. I really want to know.

Horn works just as hard as Hooper. He’s just as dedicated. He has a better arm and more power than his manager had. Maybe not on the same level as Hooper as far as intangibles and smarts, but really not that far off. A little aggressive, but still walks and has a good on-base percentage.

This blog has gone on long enough. You get the point. Josh Horn shouldn’t be here, and nobody can give me a good reason why he is. Can they?