Boston Red Sox: Hub Provides Rebirth for Scott Podsednik

Christopher Benvie@CSBenvie81Correspondent IIJune 2, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 23:  Scott Podsednik #26 of the Boston Red Sox waits to bat during the eighth inning of the Red Sox 6-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 23, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Rob Carr/Getty Images

Ever exemplifying the pure definition of the term "journeyman," Boston Red Sox center fielder Scott Podsednik has played for seven different teams in his 11 years as a professional baseball player.

Before being signed by Boston, Podsednik had not played a game in the MLB since 2010 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He had spent most of his time bouncing around the Philadelphia Phillies' minor league system for the past two years, most recently playing for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

The numbers he put up there made Nick Punto look like Alex Rodriguez.

The Red Sox saw through it all and made a move to bring in the 36-year-old from West Texas. Upon arriving in Pawtucket, in nine games Podsednik caught fire. He ripped off 10 hits in 31 at-bats, posting a .323 average driving and six RBI.

His OBP went from just .282 in Lehigh to an impressive .371 for the Paw Sox. His quick production and subsequent injuries to the major league roster allowed for a speedy return to the big leagues in Boston.

Since receiving that opportunity, he has not looked back.

He has now played in eight games for the Red Sox, posting a .391/.391/.609/1.000 batting line off of nine hits in 23 at-bats.

He has driven in three RBI while managing three extra-base hits: two doubles and a home run. On the base paths, he has lost a step from his league-leading 70 stolen-base days of 2004, however, he is 2-for-2 on the season, adding that additional threat for the Sox.

BOSTON, MA - MAY 29: Scott Podsednik #26 reacts with teammate Mike Aviles #3 of the Boston Red Sox after Podsednik scored when Daniel Nava #66 hit a three-run double against the Detroit Tigers in the fourth inning at Fenway Park May 29, 2012  in Boston, M
Jim Rogash/Getty Images

With Jacoby Ellsbury still on the shelf, the addition of Podsednik's surprising production is certainly a welcome commodity for a Red Sox team that is in transition, fighting for its true identity.

If Podsednik can keep up the pace, the Red Sox are blessed with good fortune. If he does cool off, fans should be grateful for the production he's been able to provide at little cost to the bottom line.

General manager Ben Cherington certainly deserves credit for his willingness to take a gamble on Podsednik, a player that many believed to be all done.

Some things just are not always what they seem.