Re: Why fix anything?
posted at 7/8/2013 10:24 PM EDT
In response to maxbialystock's comment:
In response to S5's comment:
We all know why this is happening, we just don't want to verbalize it.
There are two problems . 1st, this team needs a UIF, someone to come in off the bench when a player goes on the DL
And 2nd (and compicating the matter) is the old baseball saying that nobody loses their job due to an injury.
Middy got hurt and went down so they called up Iggy to fill in, thinking that Iggy could be the no-hit UIF and play 3b until Middy gets back. Then possbily the worst thing in the world happened as far as the FO was concerned. Iggy was - and still is - setting the world on fire offensively and defensively.
Then something "good" happened when Drew got hurt and went on the DL. That allowed them to move Iggy to his best position of SS. But now the problem becomes more complicated. Middly is still in Pawtucket for one reason: If they've already brought Middy up, what do they do when Drew comes back?
Do they tell a solid prospect, Middy, that he's lost his job to Iggy even though they know they want Middy for next year at 3B?
Do they tell Drew, a solid performer whom they picked up as a FA and was starting to hit with power that he's lost his job because of an injury?
Or do they tell Iggy that he's now on the bench because he's not better than the two playing ahead of him. I'd like to be there when they try to say THAT and keep a straight face!
So until the FO decides what they're going to do we're stuck with the likes of Snyder, Holt, and Diaz at 3B, any one of whom would be a perfectly serviceable UIF.
C'mon, FO. Make a decision. Demote Drew to UIF, let Iggy play SS and Middy at 3B. Drew is a big boy with ML experience. He understands the game of baseball and why things sometimes happen. He'll get over it. And if he doesn't? Oh well.
Having the right to do something doesn't make it the right thing to do.
Boy, have you got it wrong. Even Middlebrooks knows he lost his starting job because he was a liability at 3B, leading the team in errors and not helping much at the plate. He said it himself on the way down to Pawtucket. The Sox had a serviceable UIF named Ciricaco, but decided to keep Iglesias on the big club along with Middlebrooks, then moved Middlebrooks, who was tanking, back to AAA and promoted Snyder. When Drew got hurt, they brought up Diaz to be the UIF so Snyder could start at 3B.
There may well come a point this year when Middlebrooks becomes consistent and a better bet at 3B than Drew is at SS (and Iglesias at 3B), but that hasn't happened yet. Meanwhile, you would have us believe the SS/3B situation has been completely mismanaged, which it has not, and that the team is going downhill because of it. Check the standings, please. The Sox have a 5 game lead in the AL East and the best record in the AL. It's remotely possible Cherington and Farrell are doing a decent job.
Ciriaco had as many errors as Middlebrooks in about a quarter of the playing time, wasn't hitting a whole lot better than Will, and had made several boneheaded baserunning blunders. Explain to me again why Pedro was serviceable?