Monday, June 25, 2007
Manny--A Moment Please
Manny--I have mentioned this thought before. In fact: here. Yet, you continue to puzzle me with your insistence on removing both Dimitri Young and Ryan Church from the game--as early as the 7th inning for Defensive Replacements. Manny, if the ballgame is in the 9th inning--believe me--I am all for it--in certain circumstances.
But, once again, this past Saturday Night in that terrible last inning defeat--a loss that if Major League Baseball had any sense of humor--would have cost Our Washington Nationals a Two Count in the "Loss" Column--Young was removed and replaced by Ronnie Belliard in the 8th with the game still in the balance. You had to realize that Dimitri Young was Our Second Scheduled Hitter in that bottom of the 8th. And Yet, you make this move each and every game seemingly without looking at the score.
This reminds me of "Many A Manager" that continually takes out a Pitcher throwing a shutout or one run game heading to the 9th to bring in his Closer--just because everyone else does--without regard to the effectiveness of the Starting Pitcher. And, that Closer, not having his top stuff, or the same effect the Starter just replaced had on his facing batters--gets knocked all over the park--and you lose. That's giving the opposing team a gift. A "Present" that opponents of Our Washington Nationals seem to get near the end of each and every ball game.
Are you telling me that "THE HOTTEST HITTER IN THE GAME"--Dimitri Young--is more of a disadvantage to place at first base late in any game--than his Bat Potential at the plate?
And, are you telling me that My Main Main!! Ryan Church's Defensive Liabilities (which I don't consider to be actually bad at all--everyone was raving about his Centerfield Efforts earlier this season) are a far lesser choice over Brandon Watson moving from centerfield. Watson is a slap hitter. Church is a Game Changing Hitter. And believe me, I VIVIDLY RECALL--that Brandon Watson is a nothing outfielder from his 2006 appearances at RFK Stadium. A mediocre fielder with ZERO ARM. For some reason, I think you know that fact, also.
So Manny--How is replacing just about our ONLY POWER in the lineup for far lesser players a good deal? After "The Chief" blew up in that 9th on Saturday Night, Our Washington Nationals were left with some their best talent sitting on the bench--unnecessarily--out of the game. Yeah, I want Nick Johnson back in the lineup at first base soon, too. And, hopefully, you will have to deal, with this sticky situation, less so in the future.
Unfortunately, We Do Have To Deal With It--Right Now.
So,I am sure I don't need to remind you about that final out at third base.
Manny--Are The DEFENSIVE LIABILITIES OF DIMITRI YOUNG & RYAN CHURCH THAT MUCH GREATER THAN THE SUM OF THEIR ENTIRE PARTS??
I Don't Think So.
Manny--you know I love Ya!!--until the end of time. But, please keep Young & Church in the game until the very last moment. Their removal is far too risky for a SHAKY TEAM like Our Washington Nationals.
PS--While I am on the subject of players. Do me a favor--put Ryan Langerhans back in Centerfield. He's a PLUS OUTFIELDER. And, before someone decided to sit him down for the erstwhile Brandon Watson--he was showing some decent power and ability to hit for the extra base. Something Watson and Logan have NO CHANCE OF DOING--no matter how fast they may be. Why are Our Washington Nationals infatuated with Speedy, No Hit, No Arm Outfielders?
Oh Yeah, I Forgot--I should ask for a Moment with Our General Manager?