GVB-- Are you pleased with this season and what you
JB-- I wouldn't say I'm pleased - I would say I did some good
things and there's a lot of other things I need to work on, but at
least it's a building block for next year - so I'm looking forward to
GVB-- What are some of the things that you need to work on?
JB-- I'm definitely going to try to work on my two strike
approach and trying to be more consistent with men on and men in
scoring position. I think that's the two main categories that I'm going
to try to work on.
GVB-- You flashed some good power at times and then you
struggled at times, but in the last part of the season you flashed that
power again. Do you feel good about the little surge at the end of the
JB-- Yeah, it definitely feels good to pick it up a little bit
and end on a more positive note because like you said the last two
months for me haven't been much fun. It feels good to be able to
GVB-- You got a great deal of playing time - that has to be a
JB-- It was good being in the lineup as often as I was. I would
like to be in there everyday, but I also know that they've got a lot of
pieces to move around and we're young and we're all trying to get
playing time. It's difficult when you are trying to develop a lot of
young guys in the big leagues. My versatility helped me out a lot of
times. It worked out for me.
GVB-- Is the versatility a good thing or would you rather play
one position all the time?
JB-- Of course I'd rather play one position and hopefully that's
going to be the case next year.
GVB-- Are you going to play winter ball?
JB-- Yeah, I'm going to play winter ball for two months and work
on those things I mentioned earlier and try to get better for next
GVB-- The way the team played in the second half of the season
are you encouraged about next year?
JB-- Yeah, I think everybody is - everybody's encouraged. The
management and probably the manager are probably going to go out and
probably get some pieces that are going to help us and hopefully that
will translate into more wins in the first half next year because I
think we've got a pretty good building block here with our young core
and we've shown that we can win a lot of games. Hopefully we can do it