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Hey Carlos Santana, Now What?



Baseball’s season is one of forebearance. It isn’t what your team does today or tomorrow, or in a month, it’s all about what your team does over the 162 games it plays in roughly the span of 180 days. It’s a game of consistency over a long haul, and its players all know and follow the script. This is the reason why fans are always reminded to not look too deeply into what a team or player does in April, because July and August might not look the same. And rarely does it. Especially in Cleveland where it’s now been since 2007 since July and August produced even watchable ball played by our boys of summer.

Sure, all well and good. We’ve even been reminded of this lesson the hard way the last few seasons when hot 1st place starts ended with the season being already relatively over by the end of June. We get it. But what are you supposed to do when in April a guy doesn’t just have a great month, but rather he gets so hot he has a career month? Literally, one for the ages. What’s the protocol then, you cruel baseball gods?

Carlos Santana had not only his best month ever to start the 2013 season, he had one of the best April’s ever in Tribe history. For a player with a career average of .255 who outside of the first month of his career in the bigs back in 2010 had never hit over .300 for a month, as a fan we have to be wondering if this is even the same guy wearing #41 for the Indians after posting the month he just etched down in the history books. A .389 average that leads all of MLB, an on-base percentage of .476 which leads too, and an OPS of 1.198 that not only leads all as well, it ranks 4th for the Indians franchise in the month of April since 1921, just behind the good company of Al Rosen (1.1287 in 1952), David Justice (1.256 in 1997) and Sandy Alomar Jr. (1.212 also in 1997).

Carlos Santana, you are spoiling us. Carlos Santana you are causing all rational thinking to sit down and rethink its mundane method.

That’s right, tell me not to get excited this April, and I’ll tell you I can’t help myself nor should any fan of baseball in Cleveland for that matter. After all, you do realize that even if Carlos musters only that of his career average over his next 400 at bats he’ll still have hit .275 on the year. And that would still be by far his best year at the plate ever. Just like April was his best month ever.

Go Carlos Santana. Go Tribe.


-Mike James


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