March 24, 2005


Monroe gets jump on center with help from Edmonds (JOHN LOWE, March 22, 2005, Detroit FREE PRESS)

Craig Monroe wants to learn as much as possible about playing centerfield, so he's going right to the top.

Monroe called Minnesota centerfielder Torii Hunter, who has won four Gold Gloves.

Then Monroe chatted with St. Louis centerfielder Jim Edmonds, who has won seven Gold Gloves.

Monroe introduced himself to Edmonds before Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

"I feel blessed to be around, to play against such great centerfielders and be able to pick their brains," Monroe said. "I think I would be doing myself an injustice if I didn't go up and introduce myself to those guys and be honest with them and say, 'Hey, the Tigers are talking about making a move and having me go from being a corner guy to center. I was just wondering if there is anything you would add to make this an easy transition, and also give me some insight into what makes you so good out there.' "

If only some of the guys with more talent than he were equally thirsty for instruction.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 24, 2005 8:22 AM

It still amazes me that the Angels traded Edmonds because he didn't fit in with the rah-rah football mentality of guys like Erstad. Edmonds is an astounding centerfielder (in the Willie Mays/Young Ken Griffey, Jr.) mold and a terrific hitter.

Posted by: Foos at March 24, 2005 11:56 AM

It's rare that you get someone who is both immensely talented and interested in learning from his betters--but I would certainly argue that you get more of that in baseball than any other sport.

Posted by: Timothy at March 24, 2005 12:43 PM


baseball is part athleticism and part art; not snooty paint the Virgin in sh*t art -- not liberal crap art, but real live-theater substantial uplifting art with many more variables in play than the lesser sports to add depth and subtlety to the piece as it is created; Mr. Monroe can ask about these intangibles various until he's eighty and he'll still be learning as he goes because dialogues with God go on forever, that's why it's art

Posted by: Palmcroft at March 24, 2005 6:10 PM
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