Bordick: Good As Gold

Saturday, February 22 2003 @ 12:03 PM EST

Contributed by: Coach

From the Official Site, a Spencer Fordin feature on Mike Bordick, the Blue Jays' million-dollar SS insurance policy.

Bordick set a Major League record for shortstops last season with 110 straight games without an error, but he was inexplicably left on the outside of the Gold Glove balloting. Alex Rodriguez won the award, but Tosca said that Bordick's reputation is intact even without the trophy.

The skipper also said that Bordick and Dave Berg would both see time at third base during the spring, in case Eric Hinske needs a day off. While he's no A-Rod with the stick, Bordick has a .288/.344/.472 split vs. lefties in 326 AB over the last three years, and has more power than people think, hitting 20 HR in 2000, his last full season. Berg and Woodward, though both swing from the right side, haven't been nearly that effective against LH pitching.

Richard Griffin chose the same subject for his latest Star column, and follows up on the Rodney Dangerfield theme -- Mike gets no respect. I agree; Bordick was another smart, cost-effective addition by Team Ricciardi.