Re: Way to go Iggy! Red Sox Winner & Starting SS!!!!!
posted at 5/10/2011 4:42 PM EDT
This is why softy is such a clown -- (I'm stealing moonie's description).
Lowrie had this season the year before he was called up in 133 games:
82 R, 47 2B, 8 3B, 13 HR, 70 RBI, .298 BA, .503 SLG, .896 OPs
He had this when he was called up in 2008 (53 games):
14 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 32 RBI, .268 BA, .434 SLG, .793 OPS
And when he came up, he had these numbers in 81 games (260 AB):
34 R, 25 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 46 RBI, .258 BA, .339 OBP, .400 SLG, .739 OPS and that includes a late-season slump when he played with an injured wrist.
And agreeing that he doesn't have great range at SS, he still didn't make an error.
Yet after proving he could play and hit at a major league level, when he was named the SS in 2009, softy wrote in post after post that Lowrie was "given" the job and didn't earn it.
No take Iglesias. He has this in the minors total:
94 G, 376 AB, 12 2B, 5 3B, 0 HR, 24 RBI, .284 BA, .324 OBP, .348 SLG, .531 OPS.
Yet good ole softy wants the SS handed to him right now. What has he earned?
Iglesius might be great defensively but he has yet to shown in the minors that he can handle the bat at the next level. He's half a player. If he got the job now -- and thankfully the front office has more brains — wouldn't it be just the same thing -- ''handing a player a job who hasn't earned it" -- that softy was complaining about in 2009.
Actually it isn't because Lowrie did everything he was supposed to do to get the chance in the majors. Iglesias has yet to do that. One day he may very well become the next Omar Vizquel but he's shown he's ready yet.
Of course we all should be used to softy's double standards, inconsistencies and moving the goal posts.