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Kosuke Fukudome is Going to Hit 1.000 This Year

Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News

Kosuke Fukudome is finally back in Cubs camp after a relatively yawn-worthy WBC stint. But the good news is, he’s figured out why he struggled so much in the final three months of the season last year.


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He simply wasn’t being the player Lou Piniella wants him to be.

“If I can be the player that Lou [Piniella] wants me to be, I should be playing a lot better,” he said. chicagotribune.com.

I know there’s translation going on, but way to step out on a limb there, buddy. I’m gonna take a wild guess that “the player that Lou wants you to be” is a guy that hits 1.000, has 150 outfield assists, and hits a grand slam every plate appearance (ok, maybe that last one is wishful thinking – but only because it necessarily requires three other guys being “the players that Lou wants them to be”).


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So, yes, Kosuke – if you suddenly become the player Lou wants you to be, you should be playing a lot better. And if I suddenly grow six inches (I will leave the where to your reading discretion), I should be getting a lot more lovin’.

Odds are come August, we’ll both be striking out.


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Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.