(EDITOR: Yes, I know we have two posts about this. I wrote this post last night and set it to publish today, as I noted in the game thread. If Bill would just check to see what is in the posting queue before he writes something, we’d have no problem. 🙂 )
(Lowly peion: Sorry master, I’ll try to do better.)
I don’t remember the last time I linked Hal McCoy, but he’s taking off the gloves, it appears:
Pinch-hitter Freddie Lewis hit a ball to dead center. As he has done so often this year, center fielder Willy Taveras broke poorly on the ball, running laterally to his left before realizing the ball was over his head. It fell for a double.
He doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get on base. When he does he doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t steal when it is needed. He was brought in to be a leadoff hitter and couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t do it and is now batting second. And he is below average in the field. What can Taveras do? He has a nice stereo set in the clubhouse that plays loud, headache-inducing salsa music.
And holy cahooties. Taveras just hit a ground ball to the mound and trotted toward first base. DidnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t run. Jogged. Stopped before he got to the bag. Manager Dusty Baker immediately yanked him from the lineup, replacing him with Laynce Nix.
The Reds later announced that Taveras has a strained right quadriceps muscle. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t question the injury, but it was awfully convenient
As far as IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m concerned, and many other fans are concerned, Taveras can rot on the bench the rest of the season. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve seen nothing to merit the millions the Reds have flushed down the toilet when they brought this guy in.
Ouch. Go read the entire post by Hal; it’s full of stuff like this.
I defy anyone to provide a defense for this organization permitting Taveras to suck up as many outs as he has, while playing poor defense. Good work, Dusty and Walt.