The Post has more on that plan we’ve been hearing so much about for Austin Kearns:
What Kearns is doing is sticking to the plan laid out for him by Reds management.
No. 1, the goal was to get at-bats every day, something that was nearly impossible in Cincinnati. So far, he’s looked good in a Bats uniform, batting .394 while smashing eight doubles, a home run and eight RBIs in 33 at-bats.
No. 2, the goal was for Kearns to drop some weight. He said he was expected to lose 10-15 pounds, and already, he’s making progress. He doesn’t know exactly how much weight he’s lost, but he said he feels better.
No. 3 – and this might have been only in his mind – the goal was to have fun playing baseball again.
There’s also this, which speaks well about Kearns:
“Austin came down with a very good attitude,” Sweet said. “I’ll be honest, I have seen a lot of guys come down before, and some of them come back so-so and some of them it takes a week to recover. ‘AK’ came back from the first day, he put his uniform on the way we want it put on, he wore his helmet during batting practice, the way we want it in the minor leagues. He knew every little off-rule we have that they don’t have in the big leagues. He adhered to every one of them. He walked in this clubhouse with a smile on his face.”
Also, Kearns says that he didn’t demand a trade, but he did inquire about it. Sounds like he asked to be traded, but didn’t demand it of O’Brien.
There seems to be no dispute that O’Brien lied to Kearns’ face about whether there is interest in Kearns out there.
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