Chase Headley-Padres Awards Dinner 2013

After being drafted in the 2nd round of the 2005 draft out of The University of Tennessee, Chase moved up quickly in the minors.  He was the 2007 player of the year in the Texas League hitting .330.  He moved up to AAA in 2008 and was moved to LF, since the Padres already had Kevin Kouzmanoff manning the hot corner.  He was called up to stay June 18th, 2008 and has been up ever since.  Last season, he was determined to become a better hitter after a 2011 campaign in which he hit only 4 homers.  After working with Phil Plantier, he became more aggressive at the plate, started laying off the slider down and away and had a huge 2012.  He hit 31 homers, won the RBI title driving in 115 runs, won the Gold Glove at 3B and was named by This Year in Baseball as the MLB Breakout Hitter of the Year.  Chase appears to have finally reached his potential, which is bad news for the rest of the NL West.

After arriving at the Padres awards dinner, the first player that came downstairs was Chase Headley.  We walked up to him and started chatting with him.  He was very nice and polite and a total class act.  I asked him about his favorite player and he named 2 people;  Cal Ripken Jr. because “as a player, I now understand  how hard it is to accomplish what he did with his consecutive games played streak” and Ken Griffey because he thinks he was a great all-around player.   He took time to allow me to get a picture with him.  Thank you to the Baseball PHD for snapping this shot of us.

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