Kosuke Fukudome is a mystery wrapped inside of an enigma wrapped inside of a big, untradeable contract and a swing that sort of resembles a dradle. A great first half of the season ended with Fukudome swinging wildly at everything, and usually missing. It was a weird year.
Now, Lou Piniella has to figure out what to do with Fukudome. He's too expensive to trade or send-down, so, apparently, he's decided to send him to center field to platoon with Reed Johnson.
Leave it to Piniella to come with a creative solution. Can't trade him; can't farm him. Platoon him! It seems simple enough, but I would never have thought of it. It also means that Jim Edmonds is probably gone. The world's smallest violin plays for Jim today.
Kosuke Fukudome: Bound For Glory (And Center Field) originally appeared on MLB FanHouse on 2008-10-30T15:50:00 00:00. Please see our terms for use of feeds.