Whitecaps' players visit fans at SL District Library

The young crowd at Spring Lake District Library showed they were well informed of the wheelings and dealings of Major League Baseball on Thursday.
Nate Thompson
Jul 22, 2011

 

Just a day after a pair of West Michigan Whitecaps’ players were involved in a trade that sent Kansas City Royals’ third baseman Wilson Betemit to the Detroit Tigers, a pair of players who remained on West Michigan’s Class A minor league team were the guests of honor for approximately 80 fans at the library. Whitecaps’ first baseman James Robbins and third baseman Josh Ashenbrenner signed autographs, posed for pictures and answered questions for the young baseball fans in attendance.

One of the questions posed was, “How do you deal with losing teammates?”

“It’s tough, because you develop friendships with these guys. You never enjoy seeing teammates (being traded),” said Robbins, who is hitting .267 for the Whitecaps this season. “But at the same time, it is a business and things like that happen.”

After struggling during the first half of the Midwest League season, West Michigan has shown improvement in the second half, currently sporting a 13-12 record. The Whitecaps are in fifth place in the Eastern Division.

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