I am 71 years of age and have spent lots of years watching the Indians either on TV or at the old stadium. I have coached baseball at the little league level for over 16 years. This in itself does not make me a great baseball mind, but I can assure you it really doesn’t take a great mind to evaluate the team and its problems this year.
It becomes glaring obvious that someone there is clueless. I itemize:
1. Who in their right mind would continually pick up these over-the-hill has-beens such as Johnny Damon? The only thing he has done either offensively or defensively is to provide the opposing first baseman and second baseman lots of chances to practice.
His batting average is outrageous. What will it take for someone to realize that he is hurting this team?
2. Travis Hafner, DH (Designated Handicap): How many times do we have to watch him flail at bad pitches, swing late at mediocre ones and most times watch the hittable ones go by?
It should be obvious to the most mundane baseball person that he needs to have a reserved place on the bench.
3. Jack Hannahan: A very good hitter, an outstanding defensive third baseman and to watch his limited amount of time in the lineup is appalling.
In addition, we have Jose Lopez, who is learning but he should be limited. Lonnie Chisenhall has been way above average here, and when he returns from injury next season, a decision should be made quickly.
4. Shelley Duncan: This guy needs to play and play and play until he demonstrates that he is either a full-timer or a sub.
5. Ubaldo Jimenez: How long do we all have to suffer this? Or better question, how in the world did anyone believe for an instant that we needed to give up three real prospects for this maybe? Trade him for some used balls and get on with winning.
6. First base: Remember when we had a slugger at this position?
I just don’t see how this team will improve with all these goofy moves and mistakes.
Always happy to hear from a satisfied fan. Sorry I can’t agree with all of your points, but many are well taken.
I think Shelley Duncan has played long enough that baseball people know he should come off the bench and swing hard in case he hits it.
Jack Hannahan is a marvelous defender (though this is not his best year), but even he would tell you that he’s not a “very good” hitter.
Hafner’s problems go back to his numerous injuries, and why rip him now? He won’t be around next year, anyway.
What I don’t understand is your belief that goofy moves and mistakes won’t make the team better. After all, the maneuvering to put the team in this position was part of THE plan rather than an accident.