Re: Middlebrooks should be in Pawtucket
posted at 6/15/2013 4:08 PM EDT
In response to ADG's comment:
In response to notin's comment:
Maybe I just find myself agreeing wth him more often, but ADG seems less whiny this year. The man did come out and support Clay Mortenson. I ddi not agree with his logic (if you take out Mortenson's bad outings, he is good.) But do agree that Clay's role is to pitch innings in games that have been decided in order to give a rest to the more reliable members of the bullpen (which I am pretty sure it NOT how it was explained to him).
I have really never had much faith in Middlebrooks, and very much like the idea of a Bogaerts-Iglesias left side in 2014. It would be nice if Drew would acquiesce and play 3B today, but I have no idea if he has even been asked. (The Yankees had interest in him this offseason, but he turned them down upon learning that they wanted him to play 3B.)
Either way, I like the job Drew is doing and his detractors never seem to want to acknowledge that the man got a slow start after sustaining a concussion. You might not think this is much of an injury for baseball players, but a concussion turned former MVP Justin Morneau into a singles hitter still and it is a full THREE years later. A concussion turned Jason Bay from a cleanup hitter into weakside platoon hitter. Again, it has been nearly 3 years, and he still is not the player he was.
So cut Drew some slack for needing almost one month...
“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me. Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”
Thank you Notin. I'm just stating the facts that a lot of people here with rose colored glasses don't want to see.
I think the press also agree with me as do most of the Red Sox fans. Fans that don't agree have no baseball knowledge and are just rah rah pink hats. The Herald today said that Middlebrooks should be sitting as he is scuffling at bat (badly) and in the field.
Farrell also realizes this. In the 9th last night, he let Iglesias sit and had Drew ready to hit for Middlebrooks. I'm guessing it will be Iglesias and Drew today.
For Iglesias to play every day, either Middlebrooks or Drew must sit. One of them could even conceivably go. In the short term, the player to bench is Middlebrooks, who has struggled both offensively and defensively since returning from the disabled list on Monday. Middlebrooks is a far better player than his numbers (.198-8-22) suggest, but he’s scuffling — hard. - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/sports/red_sox_mlb/boston_red_sox/2013/06/jose_iglesias_forces_issue#sthash.7aPVEqA6.dpuf For Iglesias to play every day, either Middlebrooks or Drew must sit. One of them could even conceivably go. In the short term, the player to bench is Middlebrooks, who has struggled both offensively and defensively since returning from the disabled list on Monday. Middlebrooks is a far better player than his numbers (.198-8-22) suggest, but he’s scuffling — hard. - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/sports/red_sox_mlb/boston_red_sox/2013/06/jose_iglesias_forces_issue#sthash.7aPVEqA6.dpuf[/QUOTE]
Actually, you're not stating facts. The title of this thread is Middlebrooks should be in Pawtucket. That's an opinion. The fact is he is playing for Boston right now. Also, here is your opening post:
Someone of his age and lack of experience should be in Pawrucket working on his swing and not on the Major League roster. .199 in the 8 hole?
Again, you wrote he should be in Pawtucket. That is not a fact. That his batting average is .199 is a fact, but you followed it with a question mark. That makes it an opinion.
Now, if you had come out and posted that Middlebrooks should have stayed in Pawtucket prior to the team releasing Ciriaco in spite of a Middlebrooks good showing in AAA, that would have been insightful and worthy of credit. But nooooooooooooooooooo! You come here with your typical reactive thread headline to the latest Red Sox problem with your perfect hindsight, questioning management after the fact.
You see, I'm the realist here, not you. All these decisions involve risk and there are alternatives to be considered, which may or may be better that the course of action that is chosen. You fail to acknowledge any of that. I may be wearing rose-colored glasses, but at least I can see some of the larger picture.