Lambin Looks For A Clean Slate

It's tough to be optimistic when being demoted from AAA-Norfolk to AA-Binghamton, but infielder Chase Lambin assures it's a blessing in disguise, viewing his return to the Eastern League as an opportunity to have a clean slate after a disappointing stint in triple-A.

"I never want to take a step back, but it's also a clean slate, a fresh start," said the switch-hitting shortstop.

Lambin's ugly numbers left Norfolk no choice but to demote the 27-year-old. In 270 at-bats, Lambin batted .222 with two home runs and 31 RBI.

"It's been a tough year, I got off to a real slow start," Lambin said. "I don't really have an excuse; I just didn't do what I was supposed to do."

It was just last year at Binghamton that Lambin experienced a breakout season. Lambin played 53 games batting .331 with 14 home runs and 29 RBI before promoted to Norfolk. With the Tides, Lambin continued his good play with 10 homers and 34 RBI. This was supposed to be the year Lambin took his game to the next level. Instead, he is back in Binghamton, trying to rediscover the stroke that once propelled him to success.

"It can go both ways, they can take it as a way to perform a message or they can start feeling sorry for themselves," said manager Juan Samuel. "For him, ever since he got here, he showed up with a smile."

It's easy to smile when your team is the Eastern League's hottest team. The B-Mets have won 20 of their last 25 games. With a 19-5 mark in July, Binghamton has improved from nine games under .500 to five games over.

"We let him know, we've got something special going on here," said Manuel. "We want him to be a part of it."

From the start, Lambin has showed he wants to help the B-Mets make the playoffs. On July 20th, his two-run homer against the first-place Portland Sea Dogs contributed to Binghamton's 7-4 victory.

"It tough to have a bad year but I know I'm not a quitter," Lambin said. "I'm going to keep working hard."

Samuel feels Lambin is going to fit in fine with his winning ball club.

"I still think he's good," said the B-Mets manager. "He just has to prove those people wrong and the only way to do that is with his performance on the field."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I never want to take a step back, but it's also a clean slate, a fresh start,\" said the switch-hitting shortstop.
\r\n
\r\nLambin's ugly numbers left Norfolk no choice but to demote the 27-year-old. In 270 at-bats, Lambin batted .222 with two home runs and 31 RBI.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's been a tough year, I got off to a real slow start,\" Lambin said. \"I don't really have an excuse; I just didn't do what I was supposed to do.\"
\r\n
\r\nIt was just last year at Binghamton that Lambin experienced a breakout season. Lambin played 53 games batting .331 with 14 home runs and 29 RBI \r\nbefore promoted to Norfolk. With the Tides, Lambin continued his good play with 10 homers and 34 RBI. This was supposed to be the year Lambin took his game to the next level. Instead, he is back in Binghamton, trying to rediscover the stroke that once propelled him to success.
\r\n
\r\n\"It can go both ways, they can take it as a way to perform a message or they can start feeling sorry for themselves,\" said manager Juan Samuel. \"For \r\nhim, ever since he got here, he showed up with a smile.\"
\r\n
\r\nIt's easy to smile when your team is the Eastern League's hottest team. The B-Mets have won 20 of their last 25 games. With a 19-5 mark in July, \r\nBinghamton has improved from nine games under .500 to five games over.
\r\n
\r\n\"We let him know, we've got something special going on here,\" said Manuel. \"We want him to be a part of it.\"
\r\n
\r\nFrom the start, Lambin has showed he wants to help the B-Mets make the playoffs. On July 20th, his two-run homer against the first-place Portland Sea \r\nDogs contributed to Binghamton's 7-4 victory.
\r\n
\r\n\"It tough to have a bad year but I know I'm not a quitter,\" Lambin said. \"I'm going to keep working hard.\"
\r\n
\r\nSamuel feels Lambin is going to fit in fine with his winning ball club.
\r\n
\r\n\"I still think he's good,\" said the B-Mets manager. \"He just has to prove those people wrong and the only way to do that is with his performance on the field.\"
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