Re: Softy was right after all
posted at 7/1/2011 11:00 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Softy was right after all
[QUOTE]The story on Cameron yesterday was that his teammates liked him a lot and were saddened by his departure. Theo and Francona also had good words for him. His career stats before last year say he was a reasonable acquisition going into 2010--a righty outfielder who was still hitting 25 dingers a year at age 36, could play all the OF positions, and was in excellent physical condition. Two decisions proved disastrous, however. The first was, after discovering his sports hernia in the spring, to encourage him to play thru it. Thus he never did spit all last year. The second was to put him into CF and Ellsbury in LF, which led to Ellsbury getting crunched by Beltre (as was the other leftfielder) and missing the entire season. As for the Ellsbury/Cameron comparison, who cares what Cameron's career stats are? He's three years older than Drew and giving away ten years to Ellsbury, and by now it is clear to everyone--forget the RSN fan base, I'm talking about commentators for ESPN, MLB, Fox, wherever--that putting Ellsbury back in CF full time was absolutely the right thing to do. He has been way more than fine and is very likely to be on the All-Star team, something Cameron did once in his career. Jake is 3d in the AL in hits, 5th in runs scored, first in SB's, and appears to be headed toward 15-20 dingers. He plays errorless ball in CF--2 total errors since he came up in 2007--and these days is covering a lot more ground in CF than Cameron, who is also error prone, would. Right now Ellsbury has the best assist/error ratio, 5 to 0, of all MLB outfielders. Platooning him--one week on and one week off--with Cameron would have been absurd. Tek's value is that he is a consummate role player, something Cameron apparently can't do. He catches basically 2 of 5 games, which keeps Salty fresh, and calls a great game. The least important thing he does is hit two dingers in one game--and that's the most important thing Cameron did all year. If Tek had not hit one dinger, the Sox would have won yesterday 3-0 because Jenks would not have pitched the 9th. Lester was terrific, but it was no coincidence that this was his first time in awhile being caught by Tek and that he threw shutout ball for 7 innings. The guy knows his business and is of far greater value than Mike Cameron, who's getting paid twice as much. I don't see Tek getting into the HOF, but love the fact that he still loves playing the game at whatever salary they offer him. It's a shame softy can't see that. Epstein makes mistakes, but I think it's a little too early to make a judgment about Crawford. Funny thing is, softy is disparaging the guy who went out and got Cameron, whom softy seems to think is still an excellent outfielder. Go figure. While we're on that subject, Theo is also paying one of softy's favorite players, J.D. Drew, $14M this year, his 5th and final year at Boston. Where is softy's rage at spending $22M this year on two guys who sure look like they are over the hill? There is none because softy likes them. If softy had his way, Drew would be the fulltime rightfielder and Cameron the fulltime centerfielder for the Sox.
Posted by maxbialystock
, you answered his drivel far better than I could. Nice job.
Softy thinks it's a one-man show with Theo. What a fool. If he had any idea of the amount of individuals that affect each decision...
I honestly think he pictures Epstein secluded from all others in a basement office where coffee is poured out of an automated PC.