Re: JACOBY to SOFTY, son, I have made your ......
posted at 4/7/2013 5:59 PM EDT
In response to softlaw2's comment:
It's a shame he can't do it when it counts, or for more than one season every half a decade. They need to keep him and not trade him, at this point, as he'll be gone soon enough. I know he is making an extra effort at the plate, and pulling up early in the OF, but I have my doubts whether he has the constitution to sustain a full season of above average production for an OBP guy. I hope he does, but I think that contract year thing will drive him too far when he hasn't ever proven stamina from season to season.
Going forward, the draft compensation will be a far better value than Ellsbury's FA contract into his 30's. His Red Sox career will end as one of the all-time Red Sox prima donnas.
Both injuries were not self-induced, but cause by another player running into him or landing on top of him. He is not injury-prone the way JD Drew was. Last year was worrisome, no question, and so was 2010. But 2011 was a full season in which Ellsbury was the best hitter on the team in the final month, September, when the rest of the team was collapsing around him. He also had a full and good season on 2009.
This year the jury is still out, I agree, but I take it as a good sign he has already stolen 4 bases, is hitting over .300, and leads the Sox in rbi's after 6 games with 7. Yesterday he got the only Sox double and 2/3 of the Sox total bases in a losing effort.
If I were managing, I just might fine Ellsbury for diving for a ball on the rock hard outfield in Toronto, one that also allows the ball to bounce pretty high/hard. Bradley made that mistake, and Ellsbury had to cover for him and still held the runner to a double.
In your zeal to prove and reprove your mistaken theory that Ellsbury is a rotten player, virtually a malingerer in your descriptions of him, you have ignored his not insignificant ability and the real possibility he could end up in Boston because he is comfortable here. And, if he goes elsewhere, here's hoping Bradley is ready to replace him. JBJ already looks like the better fielder, but the hitting is still a question.