Re: 1b and 3b solutions
posted at 8/14/2013 9:09 AM EDT
Agreed, but shouldn't have this scenario been planned for in advanced?
I guess Ben felt Carp, Nava, and Papi had first covered well enough, in case of Napoli getting injured or failing badly.
I guess Ben has Bogaerts penciled in at SS for the near future, or else, he would have given him more reps at 3B than he has gotten, and started to groom Middy for 1B this year, so he'd be ready for 2014 at 1B.
Cecchini may push that decision eventually anyways by 2015.
I agree re. picking up a position overnight. To me Xman should be playing 1 B every game through the Sept. call-ups. If he plays in the Maj. League playoffs it will be at 1 B and not 3 B unless WMB gets hurt. With DeSar's help and taking 100 ground balls everyday in pregame he could get a crash course for the position.
Good idea. I had suggested Boggy ending up at 1B as he filled out. I wasn't sure who was the better fielding 3Bman, Boggy or Middy, so I mentioned that whoever was better at 3B, the other would learn 1B sooner rather than later. Middy struggled in the field this year, so I thought it seemed best to go with Boggy at 3B, Middy at 1B, but that was when I had Iggy penciled in at SS for years to come.
Now that Middy is back in the bigs, Boggy is the only one that can take a crash course at 1B in AAA. Middy could practice some at 1B in non game situations, just in case.
We should see Papi at 1B for 4-5 of the 6 games gainst the NL coming up. We can also play Carp, Nava or even Salty at 1B if needed, but it does seem like Middy should be at 1B eventually, Boggaerts at 3B eventually, and back to looking for a SS again. Maybe Drew will be signed for a short term deal to bridge to Marrero.