Whatever Happened To Wally Pipp?
Pipp went on to play for the Cincinnati Reds for three seasons, one of which were above average (108 OPS+, 1926). After baseball, he did go on to become one of the first writers for Sports Illustrated, but his name has become a verb in English vernacular.
“Ian Kinsler has not been Wally Pipp’d,” – Ron Washington
Wash said this when asked if Elvis was replacing Kinsler permanently in the leadoff spot, but now that Profar has hit the ground running in Kinsler’s absence the question should be asked again:
Will Kinsler be Wally Pipp’d?
We know it won’t happen, but should it happen? These things always seem to find a way to work themselves out and it will be at least several weeks before Kinsler returns to the lineup. Profar has flashed to fans what many of us have known for a couple of years, (albeit in only 10 games) he has a treasure chest of talent. The kid has shown incredible range at 2B and is currently hitting .324/.350/.514 with two homers including Sunday’s game winner.
Profar seems to be one of those players that welcomes the big moments (homered in 2012 Futures game) and he had an opportunity to win the game on Saturday, but came up short. Amazingly, the moment came again on Sunday in the eighth inning and he placed the ball in Home Run Porch.
At this point, what do the Rangers miss in Kinlser? The clear answer is his bat, but where do you place him in the field? Heading into this season the answer would’ve been first base, but Mitch is playing well though he has cooled off the last two weeks (.229/.289/.371). By the time Kins comes back from the DL, if everyone is healthy, then Profar probably slides into Michael Young’s vacant “super-utility” role with a chance to maybe play a couple days a week. It is not ideal, but it is a problem that 29 other teams would love to have.