Given chance, McGehee thriving with Brewers
Former Cubs castoff makes most of opportunity in Milwaukee
PHOENIX -- Casey McGehee says he prefers to play with a chip on his shoulder. That was a good thing on a late October day in 2008, when a high-ranking member of Chicago's baseball operation called to say he'd been placed on waivers.McGehee would rather not name the name, but he remembers the message. "He told me they looked at me as a 'four-A' player, a 'tweener' guy," McGehee said. "I respect their opinion. That's fine if they felt that way, but I felt differently and I was going to prove it. It was a wake-up call for me." Two-and-a-half years later, the Cubs castoff has a home with Milwaukee. The Brewers claimed McGehee off the waiver wire after 25 other teams declined, and he won an Opening Day roster spot the following spring. By late May, McGehee was a starting third baseman and on the way to a fifth-place finish in National League Rookie of the Year balloting. In 2010, he led the Brewers with 104 RBIs. How's this for a waiver-wire pickup? Since July 1, 2009, only two third basemen have more RBIs than McGehee's 149 -- the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez and the Rays' Evan Longoria. Only five have more home runs than McGehee's 34 -- former D-backs third baseman Mark Reynolds, Rodriguez, Ryan Zimmerman of the Nationals, Longoria and the Cubs' Aramis Ramirez, a player very much tied to McGehee. It was Ramirez who blocked McGehee's path to Chicago and led the Cubs to risk losing McGehee on the waiver wire. That loss has proven Milwaukee's gain, and McGehee finally doesn't have to fight for his roster spot.
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