HeyScan Email – Where’s David Eckstein?

Is David Eckstein playing this year and if so what team is he on? – Diane

Diane, I’ve received a number of inquiries about David, his whereabouts, and why the Padres did not sign him back.  Eck was one of my favorite Padres and MLB players ever to watch and be around, and his inspirational play will forever be a measuring stick and reminder for me as to how the game should be played….always!

First, I believe the Pads opted no to resign him mainly because they felt he had become too one dimensional (he can play only 2b now), his range on defense had diminished, and injury issues hampered his ability to perform as needed down the stretch.

Second, he is still a free agent and is looking to find that right fit.  Whether he will find it remains to be seen.  I thought maybe the Mets might be a match after they released Castilla, and Washington expressed interest before spring started but neither opportunity came through.

As I see him watching from the sidelines right now, I also wonder if organizations are afraid to sign him simply because if things don’t work out the don’t want to be the team that released David Eckstein.  Whatever the reasons for his continued free agency, I hope he finds a place to play if that’s what he wants.  If his playing days are over, then I selfishly hope for the good of the game that he feels the draw to stay in the game as a front office advisor, or seemingly more to his style an on field coach.

The game of baseball is better with David Ecsktein in it, and one way or another I hope he returns soon.


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  2. keepinthefaith80
    May 11, 2011 at 9:42 am

    David also has alot of personal and family matters, wonder if teams are a little shy to sign if he has to have an emergency surgury in the middle of the season. I watched his one on one and that was the red flag that went up for me. BUT I really hope, regardless of his play,That the padres are still thinking about it, he is still a great asset to have in the dugout as a pinch hitter, fill in for o-dog, MOTIVATION was his game and we really need it.

  3. Ninna Atkins via Facebook
    April 6, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Thank you for posting this Scan. We were just talking about David yesterday at the game asking if anyone knew what happened and where he is now?

  4. Vanessa Ann List via Facebook
    April 6, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Thanks Bob!! Been wondering where captian eck mo was! :)

  5. Bob Scanlan via Facebook
    April 6, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Dave – Thanks for sharing that link. ANother amazing chapter in his MVP life.

  6. Eat2surf
    April 6, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Here’s a more in-depth story on his current situation.


  7. Eat2surf
    April 6, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Currently he’s doing the preparations to donate a kidney to a family member.


    He’s a class act.

  8. Gerrick Danielson via Facebook
    April 6, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Where have you gone, David Eckstein? David did a great job here. He is a real winner and it was a pleasure to watch him play and root for him. I was wondering why they didn’t resign him until Hudson showed up. No offense to David but Orlando is simply the better player. I have not heard anything bad about Orlando, but i doubt he has the same rep as Eck.

  9. Joe Heersema via Facebook
    April 5, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    1 he is getting old, 2 getting beaned 3x a week will wear you down.

  10. Matthew Shelman via Facebook
    April 5, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    kinda interesting nobody is interested on the AL side they have the DH position to fall back on if teams are scared of his defense dropping. Red Sox could use him, wouldnt hurt there season any more hahahaha

  11. Bob Scanlan via Facebook
    April 5, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Thanks Michelle. Hope boys are doing well!

  12. Michelle Kister via Facebook
    April 5, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Bob, so well written…well said!

  13. Luigi Novello via Facebook
    April 5, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    where is david eckstein at home waiting by the phone for someone to sign him to a team

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