In response to maxbialystock's comment:
In response to georom4's comment:
Actually there were a lot of Iggy bashers...just a few weeks ago one poster wanted to make a bet that Iggy would be hitting lower than Drew within a month or so...lol
the doubts about his hitting were sustained by many on this site and deserve to rediculed...if only for the fact that many of these guys called themselves "positive" posters...they didn't want to admit Ben was wrong about signing Drew because Iggy wasnt ready....
I told everyone on this board that AAA has no bearing on hitting...NONE...ZIPPO...to see if one can hit in MLB you have to be there. If Middlebrooks tears it up in Pawtucket will you feel certain that will carryover in Boston? Of Course not...making adjustments in one league doesnt automatically carryover in another...Drew is proof that a good glove and an occasional hit will keep you on the roster...Midddlebrooks has neither now...which is why Iggy shouldve been on the team all year long...
As always - 100% correct!
georom, that's kind of interesting because very few players ever make it to MLB without playing AAA first--going back at least to Ted Williams over 70 years ago. And it is equally rare for a guy to hit poorly at AAA and well at the MLB level. Speaking of which, Iglesias played 25 games with Boston last year and averaged .118, which sounds suspiciously to me as though he wasn't hitting MLB pitching either. Your conviction that hitting at the AAA level is completely irrelevant doesn't hold water.
About Middlebrooks. He was brought up last year because Youk went on the DL, and he kept the 3B job because he had good range, a good arm, and a pretty good bat at the MLB level. This year he has been terrible at the MLB level with 9 errors and problems at the plate. But, unlike Iglesias early this season, Middlebrooks had demonstrated MLB level ability last year and for a signficant stretch of time. That's why Farrell and Ben C were patient. As happened with Middlebrooks and Youk last year, this year Iglesias got the shot at 3B when Middlebrooks went on the DL and then kept the job.
Now, just for the heck of it. Why don't you demonstrate your considerable acumen? Call up the thread in which you said--sometime last year or even this April--something like this:
"Contrary to what you may be reading about Iglesias, it is now obvious to me he is in fact a very good hitter, at least at the .300 level, and he might even be the first guy since Williams in 1941 to hit .400 for the season. He's that good. His hitting will overshadow his fielding this/next year."
ummm cause that AINT going to happen and it was never my argument that he would....but what bothered me about all the IGGY BASHERS (not doubters - no semantics here please) is that unlike JD Drew, Lackey, Beckett and all the other guys who totally earned the ire of decent fans everywhere, Iggy was never even allowed to succeed, let alone fail. It was the worst kind of "I am a fan only if my guys do well" nonsense that I have ever seen - and it was reiterated daily by folks who call themselves fans and positive posters. They deserve all the crow they have to eat here about Iggy.