Monday, March 17, 2008
Who Deserves It More
Whether you are playing better--sometimes--does not dictate that you make The Opening Night Roster for Our Washington Nationals. Looking to rejuvenate his career--Felipe Lopez has yet to again shine this spring. Strangely, FLop has not even played second base--even once. A position, seemingly, far better suited for his game. Yet, barring the finding of an unexpected trading partner--Our Number 2 will be announced at New Nationals Park on March 30th--as a reserve. You see--Washington is just not going to dump his contract.
That fact, leaves Pete Orr on the distant outside looking in. This Canadian Entry is now on Our Washington Nationals Radar Screen--pushing to make the 25 Man Roster. Versatile, with the ability to fill both infield and outfield spots with speed--Our New Number 4 has been impressive this spring. Orr has turned some heads.
But, it does not appear his hustle will gain him a Home White Jersey at New Nationals Park--less than two weeks from now.
At least, not early in this season.
Clearly, Felipe Lopez will be given every single opportunity to right his game. Being a former All Star Player gives this soon to be 28 Year Old--the advantage. Yeah--that and his rather large one year contract. Cristian Guzman has played well so far in Viera at shortstop. Ronnie Belliard continues to grasp the starting role at Second Base. "The Ballplayer" as I have so fondly called Our Number 10--will take the field with the starters on South Capitol Street--two Sunday Nights from now (again barring an unexpected trade or injury).
So, where does that leave FLop? Honestly, he has become quite the enigma. And this has nothing to do with how we feel about Felipe Lopez personally. He has been gracious and kind to both The African Queen and I. Our Number 2 is a Talented Switch Hitter with a terrific arm--qualities yet to be seen consistently on The Major League Level. Now, Felipe Lopez finds himself in a rather odd situation. Does anyone within Our Washington Nationals Organization--know what to do with him? Not one other Major League Team is going to offer anything special for him right now. Somehow, some place--Lopez needs to play.
Why is he NOT testing himself at second base? Is this a ploy to move Belliard for a higher price? Really, Brett Boone can not be a serious option?!
Have Our Washington Nationals lost faith in Felipe Lopez?
I don't know.
Understandably, FLop's talents are hard to pass on. But it's also gotta be difficult to take stock in his Major League Game.
What I do understand is that Pete Orr, apparently, is willing to take on a Minor League Assignment. A designation, Felipe may wish to avoid at all costs. Lopez does not look like the bench warming type. Do you see FLop accepting a Minor League Assignment? (If he has options available) No. I sure don't.
Which brings everything back full circle. Pete Orr has the ability to help Our Washington Nationals on the field right now--while the more talented Felipe Lopez has yet to straighten himself out. Whom would you like to see make The 25 Man Roster come Opening Night--March 30th?
Who deserves it more? Does FLop need more patience and time to re-adjust? Why not reward Pete Orr for his efforts? And, should money matter in the final decision making by Our Washington Nationals?
We are only talking about a lesser role on a ever changing Major League Team. But, the ramifications could effect the entire 2008 Campaign.