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DrCrawdad
05-08-2009, 11:48 PM
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After 34 at bats this season on the Braves AAA team and hitting an anemic .118 Joe Borchard was released on April 24.

Joe came to the Sox with much hope, gaining the nickname here of Light Tower Power. Well it may be that Joe has played his last pro game with an affiliated team.

I hope you saved and invested that signing bonus. Best wishes.

ChiSoxGirl
05-08-2009, 11:53 PM
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After 34 at bats this season on the Braves AAA team and hitting an anemic .118 Joe Borchard was released on April 24.

Joe came to the Sox with much hope, gaining the nickname here of Light Tower Power. Well it may be that Joe has played his last pro game with an affiliated team.

I hope you saved and invested that signing bonus. Best wishes.

Talk about wasting $5 million!!!!

oeo
05-09-2009, 12:05 AM
The best thing about Joe Borchard is Matt Thornton. Thanks, Joe!

Irishsox1
05-09-2009, 12:07 AM
Joe ultimately was useful, the Sox traded him for Matt Thornton.

guillen4life13
05-09-2009, 02:38 AM
Backup CF right there for the Sox!

waldo_the_wolf
05-09-2009, 03:26 PM
To me, the Borchard for Matt Thornton trade is hands town KW's best. What a steal it's been!

Brian26
05-09-2009, 03:53 PM
To me, the Borchard for Matt Thornton trade is hands town KW's best.

I'd pick:

Freddy Garcia for Olivo, Reed, Morse and a bag of balls.

slavko
05-09-2009, 04:17 PM
Sucked, knew it, never arrogant, always gracious. Could a comeback as a pitcher be in his future?

TommyJohn
05-09-2009, 04:32 PM
I predicted that Borchard would be this decade's Dave Nicholson, and I was right. I'm not bragging, I would much rather have seen him become a huge star. One of the bigger disappointments in Sox history.

Billy Ashley
05-10-2009, 12:11 AM
I know a lot of people don't like him because he was never even a useful back up but that's the nature of prospects.

Really, he wasn't even that bad of an investment given the fact that he actually was a fairly highly regard prospect upon breaking into the majors. At one point, he could have netted a lot in a trade.

Baseball is a tough game to predict. For every big bonus prospect that turns out to be a stud, a bunch never ascend to AA. Injuries take a toll on a lot of these guys. Others are never able to make that last hump to stick in the majors (which must suck, as they're better than 99.5% of the population, just not good enough to make millions).

Good luck to Borchard. I hope he can find a job as AAAA depth somewhere.

doublem23
05-10-2009, 12:36 AM
I predicted that Borchard would be this decade's Dave Nicholson, and I was right. I'm not bragging, I would much rather have seen him become a huge star. One of the bigger disappointments in Sox history.

Eh, in retrospect, not really. The Sox were awful at scouting and development for most of Borchard's tenure in this organization. I think he got drafted by the wrong team at the wrong time. Its not like the Sox were cranking out productive players left and right and Borchard just crashed and burned. Look at this 10-year span of 1st round picks by the Sox:

1994: Mark Johnson
1995: Jeff Liefer
1996: Bobby Seay
1997: Jason Dellaero
1998: Kip Wells
1999: Jason Stumm, Matt Ginter
2000: Joe Borchard
2001: Kris Honel
2002: Royce Ring
2003: Brian Anderson

I mean, come on. If you want a real dissapointment, look no further than Scott Ruffcorn, taken 1st overall by the Sox in 1991, after the Sox had taken Alex Fernandez, Frank Thomas, Robin Ventura, and Jack McDowell 1st in their last 4 respective drafts.

waldo_the_wolf
05-10-2009, 03:06 AM
1994: Mark Johnson
1995: Jeff Liefer
1996: Bobby Seay
1997: Jason Dellaero
1998: Kip Wells
1999: Jason Stumm, Matt Ginter
2000: Joe Borchard
2001: Kris Honel
2002: Royce Ring
2003: Brian Anderson


Wow, that's a depressing list. :tongue:

DrCrawdad
05-10-2009, 07:40 AM
Wow, that's a depressing list. :tongue:


Sure is. I believe only Seay has had much of a ML career.

What happened to Honel? I know the Sox let him go and then last year he signed with the Cardinals. Is he in their system still?

DumpJerry
05-10-2009, 08:41 AM
He's now available to back-up Cutler.

HebrewHammer
05-10-2009, 10:47 AM
Wow, that's a depressing list. :tongue:

Yeah, we could've drafted Brian Anderson for 10 straight years and still had the same result.

DSpivack
05-10-2009, 08:49 PM
He's now available to back-up Cutler.

He can throw to Jerry Owens on the practice squad.

palehozenychicty
05-10-2009, 09:59 PM
LTP. *Sigh*. It's sad that he couldn't put it together.

Huisj
05-10-2009, 10:26 PM
Sure is. I believe only Seay has had much of a ML career.

What happened to Honel? I know the Sox let him go and then last year he signed with the Cardinals. Is he in their system still?

Kip Wells has had a better career than Seay.

FloridaTigers
05-10-2009, 11:52 PM
Sure is. I believe only Seay has had much of a ML career.

What happened to Honel? I know the Sox let him go and then last year he signed with the Cardinals. Is he in their system still?

And with a division rival. :smile:

asindc
05-11-2009, 09:08 AM
Kip Wells has had a better career than Seay.

I agree, but the point is well taken.

gosox41
05-12-2009, 09:33 PM
He's now available to back-up Cutler.


Or maybe he can carry Aaron Rowand's jockstrap (instead of other way around which was once suggested here years ago for all you newer users.):D::D: