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By sstorm Published: August 12, 2007

During a season that has featured more players than I can count changing roles - including several position players - perhaps it should have come as no surprise Sunday to find the Aeros outfield consist of only one true outfielder.

Sandwiched around usual center fielder Trevor Crowe were second baseman Argenis Reyes in left field and first baseman Stephen Head in right field.

While Head had at least spent the last month at Class-A Kinston playing the outfield in preparation for the role change once he was promoted to Akron last week, Reyes had only filled in once in left this season - and that for a just a few innings in emergency when right fielder Brian Barton was ejected from a game and left the team scrambling to fill in.

To Reyes' credit, after missing a laser fly ball to the left of him that resulted in him banaging hard into the wall in the second inning, he made a nice diving catch in shallow left for the final out of the third inning.

Reyes took an odd route to another ball hit to him to start the seventh, but recovered in time to make the play.

In the end, both he and Head did servicable jobs in the afternoon game with visiting New Britain.

But honestly, all this moving guys around to play several positions drives me crazy.

I understand that some players can make themselves more valaubale in the big leagues by being able to play several positions. It's just that I don't think EVERY player can do it, nor should they be asked to.

The Aeros have spent more time this season with guys moving around in different positions than in any other I've seen in my five years.

Just a few minutes ago, I finished writring my story for Monday's Beacon about Jim Ed Warden taking over the Aeros closer's role. Not because there was anything wrong with the job Randy Newsom did - he had 17 saves in 19 opportunities and was a mid-season All-Star - but...well, just because.

Granted, the Newsom/Warden move is one that in theory ought to stregthen the team through the end of the season and (hopefully) into the playoffs. However, most moves this season that have left players lining up out of position have come at the team's expense.

Of course, that gets us back into the concept of development over winning - another thing that while I understand it, tends to drive me crazy most days.

Sometimes, wouldn't it just be nice to watch a game with the Tribe's best minor league players playing their true positions and see how good they can really be?

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