Re: Betts needs to play some 2B
posted at 8/4/2014 6:57 AM EDT
It seems to me, over the years, Jeter didn't take days off until he was forced to take time because of an injury. He realized early on he was a player the team depended on. Why take Dustin out of the lineup when he's one of our best and most dependable players and he feels a responsibility to be at work every day?
Cal Ripken didn't take days off. Ortiz doesn't take days off on his own. Yaz didn't take days off. You're a baseball player. Most teams only have 3-4 spare players on the bench who are generally not as good as the starters, why would you want them playing unless someone got hurt in the game--every manager should do his best to put his best players on the field everyday--that's the only way you remain competitive.
I'm not a big Napoli fan--the stats say he is one of our top players--he should be someplace in that lineup everyday and it should be his responsibility to make sure he comes to the park expecting to play everyday.
Betts is better than JBJ/ Nava/ Bagaerts and WMB--those are 3-4 positions that could keep him rotating in the lineup everyday--convince JF of that--good luck.
Back-up catcher---Butler---is essentially a back-up catcher.
OF/ 1B---Craig---Injured -should be on the DL--BenC/JF--DL him we aren't going anyplace with him injured and he's preventing the team from being the best it can be.
3 B/1B---Middlebrooks--If you aren't going to play him--send him down to let him play at AAA.
Pedroia , Ortiz, Napoli, Cespy, Vazquez, Holt and Craig when healthy are our marque players;they are the foundation of the team. Until the other moving parts prove it, they are interchangeable parts.
Bertts should not take any of Pedroia's opportunities to participate. If someone wants to see Betts play 2 B--find him on YouTube playing 2 B in the minors or in HS.