Originally Posted by rdivaldi
Didn't Joe get almost 1,000 at bats in the minors before he was called up? Considering he hit pretty well in AA and AAA beforehand, I don't think you can say he was rushed.
Through 2004, he had amassed 1,987 plate appearances in the minors. Yes, he had cups of coffee in 2002-3, but didn't see any significant playing time until '04.
hit that monster shot against Philadelphia, though, so he'll always have the footnote of having hit the longest homer in The Cell.
Ultimately, turning him into Matt Thornton was probably one of KW's best trades ever.