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Five questions with Greg Golson

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 28, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Back in 2004, the Phillies took Greg Golson with the 21st pick of the amateur draft. His bat, though, has been slow to develop through high strikeout totals and not enough walks for a guy with plus speed. The Phillies traded him to Texas in 2008, and the Yankees traded for him this winter — sending infielder Mitch Hilligoss to Texas — after the Rangers designated Golson for assignment..

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I remember when you were drafted, you were labeled as the best athlete in the draft. What have you been working on since then?
Golson: Pitch recognition. I feel like that’s been the thorn in my side basically my whole career. I’m trying to be more patient at the plate and allow the pitcher to put me on base a couple of times so I can use my speed a little bit more. Hopefully, with the things I’ve been working on in the offseason, and the things I learned in Texas and Philly, I can incorporate that all the time. It’s basically just trying to build on that every year.

It seems that when players are given that athlete label, it comes with an idea that they’re still learning baseball, but you grew up playing baseball your whole life didn’t you?
Golson: I started when I was 11, so it was a little bit later than everybody else, but I still feel like that’s plenty of time to learn the game. I feel like I know the game just as well as anyone else my age, it’s just sometimes it took me a little bit longer to trust my ability. Things other guys have to do, I might not have to do because my hands are quicker or whatever. Those are things that every player needs to learn, what they’re good at and what they’re not good at.

Did the trade to the Yankees catch you off guard, or did the trade to Texas leave you feeling like anything can happen at any moment?
Golson: That definitely did happen to me, you realize that you don’t know where you’re going to be. I kind of knew something was going to happen when they designated me. I knew that I wasn’t going to be with the Rangers this year. But for the Yankees to pick me up, that was completely unexpected. The history that they have and everything, it definitely lets you know that you don’t know what’s going to happen.

Do you feel like a better baseball player now than you were maybe three or four years ago?
Golson: Absolutely. If I didn’t there would be no reason for me to play right now. Being with Texas, I learned a lot about myself as far as hitting goes I learned my swing. All of the coaches that I’ve been around – Davey Lopes, Gary Pettis, Rudy Jaramillo, Kevin Long – all of these guys that have some really, really solid credentials in baseball. I get to learn from them. I might not be with them now, but stuff that they told me sticks with me.

What do you need to do better this year than you did last year in order to get to New York and stick around?
Golson: I just feel like I need to be more consistent. Last year started off real well. I got a call-up, then for whatever reason, I didn’t necessarily carry that throughout the year. I feel like if I steal more bases, get on base more, I feel like that will take care of a lot of things. I feel like if I do what I can do, things will work out the way they’re supposed to… At some point I want to make all of the people that were backing me when I was younger look good.

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44 Responses to “Five questions with Greg Golson”

  1. Carl February 28th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Thanks for this interview Chad

  2. Joe from Long Island February 28th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Nice post, Chad (and, BTW, thanks for the continuing insight into some of the younger and less established players).

    Golson seems like someone who, while penciled in for Scranton, might surprise. I’ll look for him in the lineup when I’m at Tampa next weekend.

  3. MTU February 28th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Chad-

    I have heard that Golson has ++
    speed and a good arm.

    Can you confirm this ?

  4. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 28th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Turn him over to Rivers.

  5. Nick in SF February 28th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Life is simple when you boil it down to its bare essences.

    In the end, most people opt for the good-looking rich guy over the portly guy from the wrong side of the tracks.

    :(

    I’m with Bodhi — love ‘em both, wish they both could give it a go in the rotation this year, hope that will be the case in the near future.

    But the little voice in the back of my head says our chances of winning #28 in 2010 are better with Javy in our rotation, so I’m good with however it shakes out. For now at least! :mad:

  6. blake February 28th, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    “But the little voice in the back of my head says our chances of winning #28 in 2010 are better with Javy in our rotation”

    ding ding ding

  7. Leah February 28th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Did anyone else realize that Golson was drafted in the same year, in the same round, and just two picks before Phil Hughes?

  8. Chad Jennings February 28th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    That’s the way I’ve heard him labeled: Plus, plus speed and arm. I haven’t seen him much — last I saw him play in an actual game was probably four years ago in Phillies camp — but those two tools are supposed to be terrific. Plus glove as well.

  9. KennyH123 February 28th, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Golson has some upside. He’s another speed guy, like Freddie Guzman, who we can plug onto the roster with Gardner in a short post season series and pinch run all day long.

    But he’s got way more skills than Guzman…. outstanding defensive OFer across the board, and actually has some hitting potential, although we need to see it this year at AAA. This was a no brainer for Cashman. At worst, his speed and defense will help the big club at some point. At best, his bat develops and he’s a potential star. Its a reach, but a possibility. Hilligos was going nowhere.

  10. Tala08 February 28th, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    There will be something to write about beyond a mini fender bender.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03.....galea.html

    People who have been briefed on the investigation also have information that Alex Rodriguez was treated by Galea at some point and that Rodriguez is of interest to investigators. They said they did not know when, or how often, Galea met with Rodriguez.

    One athlete who was treated by Galea in Canada was told by the doctor that he had traveled to New York to treat Rodriguez, according to a person who talked to the athlete afterward. Neither that person nor the individuals who have been briefed on the investigation wanted to be identified because the investigation is continuing.

    As part of Rodriguez’s rehabilitation from hip surgery last March, he was treated by Dr. Mark Lindsay, a chiropractor from White Lake, Ontario, who has worked with Galea. It was Lindsay who monitored Rodriguez’s rehabilitation on behalf of Dr. Marc J. Philippon, an orthopedic hip surgeon from Vail, Colo., who performed Rodriguez’s surgery.

  11. this space for rent February 28th, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    laughing a little bit thinking about Guzman’s AB in the playoffs.

    my 2-year-old son had as much of a chance of getting a hit as poor old Freddy.

  12. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 28th, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    I love these interviews – these kids all seem so nice; I just want them all to succeed.

  13. Doreen February 28th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Very weird closing ceremonies.

    —–

    Golson is for SWB?

  14. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 28th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    KennyH123
    February 28th, 2010 at 10:18 pm
    Golson has some upside. He’s another speed guy, like Freddie Guzman, who we can plug onto the roster with Gardner in a short post season series and pinch run all day long.
    But he’s got way more skills than Guzman…. outstanding defensive OFer across the board, and actually has some hitting potential, although we need to see it this year at AAA. This was a no brainer for Cashman. At worst, his speed and defense will help the big club at some point. At best, his bat develops and he’s a potential star. Its a reach, but a possibility. Hilligos was going nowhere.
    ===

    Thanks for info. Have never seen him play. What’s the short of it? Can’t hit a CB?

  15. MTU February 28th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Thanks Chad.

  16. Carl February 28th, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Tala08

    Poor Alex.

  17. jennifer February 28th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Tala08

    If you recall when Nady was going through his injury he was going to have the same blood procedure done that this doctor supposedly performs. How stupid would Alex have to be to use HGH to recover more quickly from surgery after he went through what he did at the beginning of spring training.

  18. jennifer February 28th, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Sounds like Reyes is the one who spilled the beans.

  19. Carl February 28th, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    jennifer February 28th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Tala08

    If you recall when Nady was going through his injury he was going to have the same blood procedure done that this doctor supposedly performs. How stupid would Alex have to be to use HGH to recover more quickly from surgery after he went through what he did at the beginning of spring training.

    Nady did have it done. I think the reliever for the Red Sox Saito had it done also.

  20. GreenBeret7 February 28th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    NYY has collected three 24 year old outfielders with pretty identical skillsets. There’s a chance that one of the three develops into a very usable talent.

  21. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 28th, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    GB, how are you doing?

  22. GreenBeret7 February 28th, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Doing pretty well, I guess, Betsy. Thank you for asking. How are you tonight?

  23. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 28th, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Doing fine, GB – thanks!

  24. GreenBeret7 February 28th, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Nothing like trying to tie Rodriguez in with HGH because one of his doctors used to work with a Canadian doctor under investigation.

    I heard that Jeter and Posada one drank some Canadian Club. Tie them in to this, too.

  25. Tarheelyank February 28th, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Just realized it’s been peaceful around here today. Where are the “Vulcans” today. This should bring them out.

    I just read an interesting post Cano vs Pedroia defensively-who’s better? UZR says it’s not even close.

    http://www.i-yankees.com/?p=18118#

    With that goodnight all! :D

  26. GreenBeret7 February 28th, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Posada ***once*** drank some

  27. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 28th, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Another triumph for the veracity of UZR.

  28. Rich in NJ March 1st, 2010 at 12:05 am

    I think Pedroia is more consistent defensively than Cano. Cano however, has more upside.

  29. Bo Knows March 1st, 2010 at 1:07 am

    And I cannot tell a lie – I check out No Maas for their artwork. They have a killer Damon as a Demon Tiger.

    but to the subject at hand. Total Zone and UZR disrepancies

    http://nomaas.org/2010/02/defe.....clap-clap/

    Robinson Cano is a case similar to Teixeira, in that I truly believe UZR is just missing something with him. Totalzone and UZR agree that 2007 was a great defensive year for Robbie (+15.3 and +11.3 respectively), after that they completely diverge. In ’08 and ’09, Cano’s combined UZR was -13.2 while his TZ was +13.0. Given the state of complete opposition these two numbers are in, the truth, as we’ve seen before, lies somewhere in the middle. Anecdotal evidence would suggest he’s not as bad as his metrics claim he is.

  30. Nick in SF March 1st, 2010 at 1:11 am

    Pedrioa gets a lot of support from the Lollipop Guild. :mad:

  31. Bo Knows March 1st, 2010 at 1:14 am

    I think defense in Cano’s case as John Maxim said comes under “Arrogance of the gifted” or my Lloyd Wright favorite – It’s hard to be humble when you’re great”. As in doing a cartwheel in the OF and bouncing the ball off his foot.

  32. Rich in NJ March 1st, 2010 at 1:15 am

    No Maas is great. I’m glad it’s no longer filtered.

    And yeah, UZR undervalues certain players, although 1B is difficult for any metric to measure.

  33. Nick in SF at SFO March 1st, 2010 at 2:31 am

    Let the record show that someone just tried to get a 6-pack of beer through airport security.

    Bottles! :grin:

  34. Nick in SF at SFO March 1st, 2010 at 2:41 am

    Let the record further reflect that there is a flight to Taiwan departing from the gate next to mine.

    I just did a thorough walk-through and counted a grand total of zero — ZERO!! — visible Yankee caps.
    And I’m rounding up!

    Heck of a job, Cashman. :mad:

  35. Pat M. March 1st, 2010 at 2:46 am

    nICK IN sfo…Where are you off too????? By the way, what ever happened to that Pollyanna Chop person who was always most entertaining ???? Safe travels ( Charlotte Douglas Airport )

  36. Clare March 1st, 2010 at 3:03 am

    In the NYTimes piece linked above is the following sentence about ARod & Galea (the doctor accused of smuggling HGH):

    “One athlete who was treated by Galea in Canada was told by the doctor that he had traveled to New York to treat Rodriguez, according to a person who talked to the athlete afterward.”

    That is the very definition of double hearsay. The doctor allegedly told something to a player, who allegedly, at some later time, told someone else what the doctor said. Both alleged “sources” are of course anonymous.

    I realize that a newspaper’s standards have nothing to do with the rules of evidence, but it’s still ridiculous that some editor approved that piece. I would think a responsible paper would need at least ONE anonymous source with direct knowledge (not hearsay) of the allegation before they printed it.

  37. Nick in SF at SFO March 1st, 2010 at 3:12 am

    Pat M, the filter seems to disapprove of my destination…

    I am flying into the country of Alfredo Aceves, first for breakfast in the capitol city (at local fave El Cardenal) and then back to the Pacific coast on a beach near Z I h u a t a n e j o.

    Whew!

  38. Nick in SF at SFO March 1st, 2010 at 3:21 am

    The very definition of double hearsay… sounds like Gilbert & Sullivan meets Law & Order.

  39. Nick in SF at SFO March 1st, 2010 at 3:44 am

    Buenas noches, LoHud.

  40. Carl March 1st, 2010 at 5:19 am

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....ceErUpbgwJ

    Granderson Improving.

  41. rjphilly March 1st, 2010 at 6:23 am

    I was just about to post that link. The content of the article is really encouraging, KLong thinks Granderson’s problems vs lefties are easily fixed. Let’s hope it translates from the cage to the field.

  42. Tarheelyank March 1st, 2010 at 7:54 am

    I agree the content of that article is encouraging.

    The title however, is totally misleading. They cite that he hit a liner to cf against Igawa during bp as the reason he is “improving” against lefties. Wow

    “Curtis Granderson took live batting practice off a left-hander on Field 2 yesterday and early in the second round lined a pitch up the middle. That’s progress.
    Granted the left-handed pitcher was Kei Igawa”

  43. Alan March 1st, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Greg Golson, Jon Weber, David Winfree, Colin Curtis, and Reid Gorecki will see time at AAA and be ready in the event of injury.

  44. Bronx Jeers May 3rd, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    :arrow:

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