Re: Our beloved Iggy hits a HR in his first game with the Paw Sox
posted at 4/12/2013 11:59 AM EDT
The problem with the Iggy-Drew debate is that it is hard to quantify. The Iggy supporters will look at any ball that goes between third and SS or up the middle by Drew as a ball Iggy would have gotten so they often bloat the number of more plays Iggy makes.
I do, however, believe that it is hard to quantify the advantage Iggy gives, especially because Drew is an above average defensive SS -- or has been in the past when healthy. If it was a stiff out there, then the advantage would be greater.
So then it becomes a guessing game. Is Drew going to be closer to his prime offensively and defensively and is Iggy more like the overmatched hitter he was last September than what he showed in his first seven games. If the answer is yes, then Drew is the easy choice.
But if Drew isn't quite what he was in his prime and Iggy has improved, it's a judgement call of when the scale starts to change in Iggy's favor.
I think it was a no-brainer to send Iggy down. If he struggles, it shows he wasn't ready. And if it affects him mentally, again, it shows that he can't handle it. If he does well, then it only helps the Sox down the road. If Drew struggles or gets hurt, it's an easy call-up. If Drew does well, then it gives the Sox potential trade value, knowing they could get something for him and still have Iggy to bring in at SS.
To me, Iggy didn't show me anything last year to warrent the idea of not signing anyone for SS and simply handing him the job. The notion that you learn to hit at the major league level is ridiculous. That's not to say that because Iggy is so great defensivley that the Sox couldn't live with a SS batting around .230, but there was great question after last year whether he could do that.
So I don't understand the impatience of those not wanting to give him more time to become a better hitter.