Play Fantasy Use your Fantasy skills to win Cash Prizes. Join or start a league today. Play Now
  • My Scores
  • MLB
  • Golf
  • NFL
  • NCAA FB
  • Tennis

Aaron Hicks gathers walk-off single after work habits questioned

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Aaron Hicks celebrates his walk-off single with Chris Colabello.
Aaron Hicks celebrates his walk-off single with Chris Colabello. (USATSI)

More MLB: Power Rankings | Expert Picks | Latest news & notes | Fantasy news

The Twins grabbed an extra-inning victory, 4-3, over the Red Sox Thursday with their second walk-off hit of the series. This time it was a single off the bat of Aaron Hicks.

Notable here is the timing. Hicks is a 24-year-old former first-rounder and top prospect, though his stock has fallen a bit. He had a rough season last year and entered Thursday hitting .167/.311/.238 in 2014. Worse yet, his mental preparation was publicly questioned by both his manager and assistant general manager before the game.

“He needs to start studying the game a little more,” manager Ron Gardenhire said (startribune.com), “studying the pitchers a little bit more, a little extra work in the outfield, doing drills and everything. Your whole game, the way you come to the ballpark and your approach to the game.”

“I think he gets preoccupied with some things about his game,” assistant GM Rob Antony said (startribune.com). “It's not that he's distracted by other things. I think it's more a matter of thinking about what he's going to do, but I don't think he always has a plan -- how that guy is going to pitch him, how he's going to be prepared for it.”

The walk-off single was the only hit of the game Thursday for Hicks, but it had to feel particularly good for him in light of the pre-game comments from a pair of his bosses. Well, that, in addition to getting a game-winning hit, which in and of itself must be pretty awesome.

CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre

mlb Video

September 17, 2014
MLB Power rankings 9/17 (5:47)
1 September 16, 2014
Papelbon suspended
(0:57)
2 September 16, 2014
MLB Top 10 players of the second half
(3:37)
3 September 16, 2014
Gary Sheffield talks about his career
(17:05)

Latest

Most Popular

CBSSports.com Shop

Mens Baltimore Orioles Majestic Charcoal 2014 AL East Division Champions Locker Room T-Shirt

MLB Division Champs Gear
Get your team today
Shop Now