White Sox prospect Gordon Beckham made his highly anticipated major league debut on Thursday, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Chicago’s 7-0 loss to the Oakland A’s. He was also 0-for-3 in his second game, a 6-0 loss to Cleveland on Friday. Two games, no hits in six at-bats, his team has been outscored 13-0. Clearly the Gordon Beckham Era in Chicago is destined to be a failure.
Okay, so I’m clearly kidding. Beckham, the eighth overall pick in last year’s amateur draft, has the full support of White Sox general manager Kenny Williams:
‘He’s not going anywhere,” Williams said of Beckham, who started at third base and batted eighth. “We’re committed to letting him get his major-league feet under him. He’s not going to sit.
“The fact of the matter is I was confident enough in him out of spring training that if the need arose that this guy could contribute,” Williams added. “He’s a special guy. We won’t treat him that way, and he doesn’t need to feel he has to carry the team. He’s just a part of it. He has a special makeup.
“It’s not unheard of for young guys to struggle when they first come up, and I’m not saying he won’t. But he’s not going anywhere.”
So, if Williams is to be believed, the kid’s gonna get a chance to work through some struggles as they come up without having to look over his shoulder.
Baseball Musings writer David Pinto made a funny point about Beckham: he was born about a week after Pinto’s wedding. I remember when it was a big deal to me that players were born in the same year as me, and my wife still often looks at famous people and says, “Oh my God, they’re younger than us.” Still, it’s hard for me to even fathom the day when a major leaguer is born in the year I graduated from high school, or college, or my son was born.