Often times, the deals that seem the biggest turn into flops and those that fly under the radar can go unnoticed. Then one day you’re sitting in your seat and there’s this new guy on your team and he’s doing really well (or really poorly, but let’s focus on the positive). Where’d he come from?
Shawn Marcum is that guy. Unless you really follow baseball (and let’s be honest, you’re reading a baseball blog on the Milwaukee Brewers, so odds are in my favor that you do follow baseball; I mean, this article isn’t being sent to Better Homes and Gardens) you probably don’t know who Shawn Marcum is. So, given the fact that you’re reading this, I admit I probably don’t have to explain to you who Marcum is.
But I will anyway. Marcum will be 29 years old on the 14th of this month. He’s a little old for someone with only a 37-25 career record, but he’s good – and in the National League, he could be dominant. That’s the good news.
The bad? He’s never thrown for more than 200 innings in a season and he missed the entire 2009 season with elbow-ligament replacement surgery – otherwise known as Tommy John Surgery.
Marcum responded in 2010 beautifully, with career highs in many categories, including starts (31), innings (195), strikeouts (165), and wins (13). When healthy (he proved last year he was healthy) Marcum can be a top-of-the-rotation guy. Maybe not a #1, but certainly a number #2 starter. The Brewers were desperately in need of someone to follow up their ace, Yovani Gallardo. Now they have one.
To get Marcum, Milwaukee had to part with their top infield prospect, Brett Lawrie. The 20-year old from British Columbia will be heading to Toronto, two years after playing for Team Canada in the 2008 Olympics. The 2nd baseman hit .285 with 8 HR’s and 63 RBI’s and was considered by many to be the Brewers’ top prospect.
With Rickie Weeks having a breakout season in 2010, the opportunity for Lawrie (a converted catcher) to supplant him anytime soon were not good. Another position change for the youngster wasn’t likely, so Milwaukee traded a blue-chipper for Marcum, with the hope that they can sign Weeks to a long-term extension.
So, when you settle into your seats next spring, and after four innings it’s 3-0 Brewers, and you hear the guy in front of you ask, “Who’s this Marcom guy?” you’ll know the answer. It’s Marcum. Shawn Marcum. You’ll also know that the guy in front of you reads Better Homes and Gardens and not www.prosportsblogging.com.
About the Author
Written by Scott Johnston
Scott Johnston is a longtime Sports TV Producer/Writer from Los Angeles who now lives just outside of Boston. After a long career at KCAL-TV in L.A., where Scott covered such things as Kirk Gibson’s HR, Hank Gathers death, and Magic Johnson’s retirement, NBA ll-Star Game MVP performance and subsequent return to the NBA. His favorite team is the Oakland A’s and whomever happens to be playing the Yankees, USC or the Cowboys on that particular day. Scott left his staff position at KCAL and formed his own small production company in 1996 while continuing to freelance there and at other stations, including WTTG in DC for two years. His company, ProTVSports, started out covering one team during Spring Training in 1997 but now covers six of the Cactus League teams. He also covers tennis and golf events during the year and has had the privilege of covering 5 NBA Finals, including two of the last three. Scott loves all sports, but considers baseball to be his favorite. He loves politcs, reading, movies and his wife and two daughters—not in that order!