Re: What purpose does Cameron serve?
posted at 5/23/2011 10:17 PM EDT
In Response to Re: What purpose does Cameron serve?
In Response to Re: What purpose does Cameron serve? : You're getting bogged down in semantics and making a big deal out of nothing. Fourth OF/platoon -- same difference. If you want to label him platoon, it's more of a statement of Drew strugg;lnig against lefties and respect for Cameron's potential. The role of the fourth outfielder is often a platoon situation like this. So call it whatever you like. He is the fourth OF in terms of playing time. The main point is that you keep in the job as the fourth OF/platoon OF -- whatever -- for now until around the midseason trade deadline. If he starts becoming more effective in the role, great. If he continues to hit below the Mendoza line, then you consider finding another right-handed OF for that role, even if it means eating a half year of hte contract. It's a shame Cameron got hurt last year. He's been a solid, hard-working OF in his career and a stand-up guy. He didn't deserve the abuse he got because of the injury.
Posted by royf19
The name of this thread is What purpose does Cam serve.
I'm addressing that. This isn't just a difference of terminology.
"4th outfielder" implies the role Rocky B. had in 2009.
Playing time for the extra outfielder depends on injury/late inning pinchhit/run/ etc.
If Drew was RH (and Cam LH), he'd
get less playing time in the platoon. Does that make him the "4th outfielder"? This terminology gives Cam a free pass - as if less is now expected of him. And that should not
be the case. If Mac wasn't cutting it - less is made of it as he's
the low cost, extra outfielder.
I had Cam's back last year because nobody can help being hurt. He was signed as a regular. Now he doesn't have to hit against RH starting pitchers, which should be a huge advantage. I thought his bat was slow back in April. Having so much time off last year and getting used to a platoon is telling. I hope he finds a groove.
But either way, this guy gets no free pass as a "4th outfielder". The team is dishing out 22 mil for one position...and neither are measuring up. One of them needs to start validating their worth.