After refusing a minor league contract from Boston, Cummings had just two hits in 22 at bats with Cincinnati this spring and found himself rejected by yet another organization. "Midre is hard to figure, and I think we're wasting our time and energy when we try," said Phillies hitting instructor Hal McRae, who worked with Cummings in camp.
After his woeful performance with the Reds, Cummings was relieved when the Red Sox guaranteed him a spot on their 25-man roster, which might say less about Cummings than it does about the Boston outfield. "I have a lot of mileage," Cummings says. "I'm more in driving shape than in baseball shape right now."