That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: Jed Lowrie Takes His Show to the Big Apple

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By: Amaury Pi-Gonzalez

The last time Jed Lowrie played in New York was October 3, 2018 when the A’s visited the Yankees and got eliminated by a score of 7-2 in the AL Wild Card Game. Lowrie signed a 2-year, $20 million deal with the other New York team, the Mets. The Mets picked up a versatile, switch-hitting veteran who came out of his best year in home runs with 23, playing second base for the A’s. He can play all over the infield, but during his last two very productive years with the A’s, he was basically a second-baseman. In 2018, he was selected to his first MLB All-Star Game.

Lowrie peaked last year and now he is going to play in one of the toughest markets in the country. However, he is going to a team that recently also traded for the 8-time All Star Robinson Cano, who still remains as one of the best all-around second-baseman in the game.

During his last two years, Lowire has elevated the ball consistently and also hitting it harder. That are some of the reasons he has enjoyed his success at ages 33 and 34. He A’S also got younger at second base with the acquisition of Jurickson Profar, who will make the young A’s infield even better this coming season.

In 2017, Lowrie showed solid defense when he made 132 starts at second base, and in 2018, when he made 133 starts. He also played shortstop and briefly third base last season when A’s manager Bob Melvin asked him to take over for the injured Matt Chapman. I remember Melvin praised Lowrie for his dedication and professionalism and taking over the third base responsibilities without a problem, always ready to help the team anyway he could. A’s fan thanked Jed Lowrie for the great job he did during his tenure at the Coliseum, establishing a new record for doubles by an A’s second baseman and one of the most steady players in the young A’s in recent years.

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