May. 16th, 2009 @ 11:18 pm
The starting line-up today really got me thinking. Kubel started in left while Gomez sat out for yet another game. I couldn't figure out why it was Gomez who was sitting out again. Both Cuddyer and Span are due for a day off. And I think we could go just one game with out one of their bats in the line-up, today's game wasn't a make or break sort of game.
I know that Gardy said that Gomez wouldn't be an everyday player and that Gomez understood that. But is that really the right thing to do? I mean, Gomez is a really good 23 year old player, and he could be even better with the proper coaching and some quality playing time. If Gardy and the Twins have no intention on playing Gomez everyday I think he should be sent down so he will be able to become the amazing player that he can become. I don't think that sitting on the bench and getting into the game for some defence puposes is really going to help anyone. It won't help the Twins when they need Gomez to be an everyday player when Cuddyer is gone, and it won't help Gomez obviously because he won't be developed into the player that he could be. I think it's a waste of his time and his talent to sit him on the bench with no intention of using him.
I have a pretty good idea as to why they fear sending him down. The reason is the fans, they're afraid that the fans are going to get all upset becuase he's so popular and they don't want to do anything to upset the fans. But the way that I see it is that he's not really playing anyway, so what difference does it make? We as fans won't see him play here or down there. So, they might as well send him down, if that is in fact their reason.
Anyway, I was wondering what other people thought about this. Do you think they should send him down or keep him up doing what he's doing?
|Date:||May 17th, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)|| |
Re: I couldn't disagree with you more
First, baseball isn't something that you can learn to play by listening to other players. To succeed in a baseball or any sport for that matter you have to play it. Yes, he may learn how to deal with some mental situations that come along with being a baseball player but he still needs in game experience to really develop his skills. Sitting on the bench isn't going to do that.
Santana and Hunter are a totally different situation. Most of it all came down to money. That's usually what it always comes down to with the Twins.
About the calling up an outfielder, the Twins already have more outfielders than they need. Span, Cuddyer, Young, Kubel and Gomez. It's already been established that Young will be the everyday Left Fielder, Span will be the everyday center fielder, Cuddyer will be the everyday right fielder and Kubel will be the DH. But yesterday's line-up shows that they have no problem putting Kubel in left on occasions when they want to give Mauer a break behind the plate. They really wouldn't have any reason to call up another outfielder. Last year the Twins did fine with their four outfielders.
I think they made a poor decision when they decided to have Carlos Gomez as the one outfielder who's the "odd-man out" or just the occasional player. He's never going to get better if he only gets a few at-bats in every series. They've squelched his growing process. They've also taken away that extra 'fear of speed' aspect for the team by not giving him more of a chance to get on base. Span may be fast, but I don't think he's a great base stealer.
I think that they should send him down. I love him, but he really needs work and I agree that he can't get that work when he's sitting.
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