What Could Have Been: Joe InglettJoe Inglett
Toronto Blue Jays
Utility Infielder/Second Base
5'10" 180 - 7/20/1978
Acquired: 2000 Draft, 8th Round
How he got away: Claimed by Toronto off Waivers in September, 2007
Super Joe! What a ball of fire Joe Inglett was when he got called up in 2006. Inglett was one of those players that just never could get up until he did in 2006. When he got there he was an everything man, playing everywhere and provided energy. He battled for a job in 2007 Spring Training, but lost out and was sent to Buffalo. He spent the year in Buffalo and got DFAed for..... David Dellucci, who needed to be activated so he could have his three at-bats in the regular season...... Right
Joe "Voo Doo" as he was called by recently fired manager John Gibbons, has fit in with Toronto to form the current double play tandem with another former Indian, John McDonald in Saturday's game.
Interestingly enough, Inglett has sort of fell into that same boat the Indians had him in.. He was barely the 25 man roster, getting called down to make room for another injured player coming off the DL. Yet both times that he's been called down, another injury occured and he's been called right back up.
Joey is hitting .286 with a .343 on-base percentage. He's knocked in 26 runs and scored 25 with 7 stolen bases. Not bad for a guy who's been called down twice. He's also one of the leaders in Triples in the League and that is with less at bats than the hitters in front of him.
So was letting Joe Inglett go in favor of David Dellucci the smartest thing? Like said with Izturis, Inglett would be nothing more than a utility man. I'd rather have Inglett than the Delluci Jerk, but what can you do.. It's not like Brandon Phillips got away. Not only that Inglett is already 30 years old.. He's a fringe major league player, but he's doing a good job for Toronto this year.