Re: Time to Bench Salty
posted at 8/30/2012 6:29 PM EDT
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Time to Bench Salty
In response to Time to Bench Salty:
In response to Time to Bench Salty:
Sending him back for a 3rd year in AAA is dumping him. After 52 AB so far this year. That is throwing him under the bus. He stays the remainder of this year and gets needed PT. Hopefully he continues to improve as he has recently.
No, im NOT dumping him. And No, saying he hasnt hitt well or played great D is NOT dumping on him. Its stating facts. Its my observations. If I said "this kid cant catch and needs to DH" or "send him back down cause hes no good, he cant hitt MLB pitching" That would be dumping on him and throwing him under the bus. Not to mention reactionary to a small sample size. Im NOT saying any of those things Boom. Saying I think he needs to work on certain things to get better is backing him and believing in him because the potential is there and i would love to see him shine. I didnt say send him back this year. And I didnt even say starting him in AAA next year was my first option, just
option. Ive said that Salty needs to get his OBP up about 20+ points and needs to work on laying off certain pitches. I dont consider that dumping on him, but making some observations that he needs to improve upon as I did the same with Lav. Only when I say things about Lav you consider it dumping on him and I dont understand why. I was/am for a Salty/Lav combo next year with Salty getting most of the starts, but I want Lav to get the time he needs to improve too. Thats where the difficult decision lies, with me anyway. IMO Salty has earned another year (his last arb year) to continue his progression while Lav needs more time to better his D. I do want to see Lav get some more time behind the plate this year in Boston....Weve had some good conversations in the past about our prospects and I would think from all of those conversations you would know that I dont dump on the kids, but voice my opinion on what I see and believe they need to work on or what I think they are good at. I understand that most kids dont really get to an MLB level of playing til they are 23-25, so I have patients and understand that there are learning curves. IMO Lav isnt as good as Salty is on defense. I certainly dont want to get rid of him, but instead give him another year whether as a BU or in AAA to learn his craft. He will only be 25 next year which is when Tek arrived, so its not like its out of the norm for him to be in AAA another year where he can get the bulk of the work. Sorry for being so long winded but I dont want you to misunderstand where i stand on this. I hope this clears that up. By the way, I posted a thread on Bryce Brentz being promoted to pawtucket today. would like to read some of your thoughts on that...
Recall that I was "throwing Ellsbury under the bus" because I commented that he and Pedey were not doing well enough in the 1 and 2 holes. Boom jumped in because he wanted to pick a fight with me, and got another bloody nose. Now people who are trying to sort out the tangle at catcher are "dumping" Lava, even though all of us have allowed for the possibility that Salty will be traded and Lava will be the starter in 2013. Are all players who are sent back to AAA "dumped"? Even the ones who came back to the ML and ultimately were stars?
Danny and I prefer Salty. You do at the moment. So does Moon. It's obvious to anyone who knows how to watch a baseball game that Lava needs much more work to match Salty on defense -- if he ever does. Nothing is guaranteed in development.
One of Moon's specialties is setting up straw men. But you're not buying it, and neither am I. You've told him before not to put words in your mouth. So have I. He doesn't learn.
Ive always perferred Salty. Lavarnway hasnt proven, to me at least, that he deserves the starting catcher job over Salty yet. Do I think he can be a starting catcher? sure, just not right now in Boston. After some more work on his game then Ill revisit that...For now, Salty is the man IMO...But in no way shape or form have I thrown Lavarnway under the bus. That is ridiculous. I dont like my words, and what I mean when i say something, to be twisted around and looked at differently than how it was meant to be. Ive said all I can to Boom in my last post to explain myself so there is no misunderstanding. I will wait to read his response and take it from there.