The Chicago White Sox brought in Jeff Keppinger this offseason to play some third base, with the suggestion circulating that the versatile infielder could wind up at second base if Gordon Beckham's inconsistencies continue.
Beckham, though, says he isn't giving the idea too much thought. And besides, he already has plenty of other things on his mind.
"No, I'm just not worried about that," said Beckham, who is in town for SoxFest a day early and used the extra time to help the ticket office make some sales calls. "If they wanted (Keppinger) to play second base, they probably would have traded me. That's kind of the way I look at that. He's a great player, and he's also a Georgia Bulldog, so I'm sure we will have a lot of fun with that.
"I don't feel like that at all. I'm here to play. I know I can play a great second base and they know that too. I've just get the bat going like I think it will and it will be a good year."
Beckham will head into yet another season trying to recapture the magic of his rookie year in 2009 when he batted .270, hit 14 home runs and drove in 63 runs while playing in 103 games. In a lot of ways that season has been a curse for Beckham. Instead of building on that year he has had trouble just matching it.
Last season, in 151 games, Beckham had a career high in home runs with 16, but his .234 batting average, his .296 on-base percentage and .668 OPS were all well below what he delivered in 2009.
Beckham not feeling threatened at second
ESPN.com | Jan 24