I normally write something to you to see if I can ruffle your feathers. Today, I am writing to see if we might be able to agree on a few things.
My first order of business would be to get Lonnie Chisenhall back up here. He is hitting well at Triple-A (around .400), and we need to get Mark Reynolds off the field now and back into a designated hitter role. Reynolds hitting has suffered drastically since he was put on the field as an everyday player.
That move would also allow Jason Giambi some time off as the regular DH. My last move would be to get Trevor Bauer back up here and get him in the rotation and to send Nick Hagadone as far away as possible!
So, is there anything here that we can agree on?
Chisenhall probably will return to Cleveland soon. It’s not that Reynolds can’t play in the field. He’s fine at first base, but he has trouble throwing on the run at third.
Whether the stress of playing third has anything to do with his performance at the plate would be a guess on my part and certainly on yours.
Giambi is not now nor ever was the everyday DH, so his role would not change if Chisenhall were here or whether Reynolds bats in the DH spot.
What would Bauer’s inclusion in the rotation have to do with Hagadone, who pitches out of the bullpen? I’m confused. But after reading your recommendations, that’s probably a good thing.
Regarding the fly ball that Michael Bourn knocked over the fence a couple weeks ago, a four-base error right? I didn’t see how it was officially scored.
William (Pat) Henrick
The play was scored a home run, but for my money, it should have been an error. Bourn ran to the spot, had time to get his bearings, and the ball popped out of his glove and over the fence. There was nothing particularly difficult about the play.
However, those plays are so rare that scorers are prone to favor the batter.
Many years ago, a fly ball bounced off Jose Canseco’s head and bounced over the fence at Cleveland Stadium. That also was ruled a home run.
Although I do not live in Ohio anymore I love reading your articles/columns. I caught one thing real quickly in reading your game story.
You made a point that Terry Francona left Rich Hill in the game in the 10th to face right-hander Victor Martinez. It should have been written that he was facing switch-hitter Victor Martinez batting from the right side.
In other words, Hill was facing a right-handed batter. The point was that Martinez batted right-handed against a left-handed pitcher. The fact that he also is capable of batting from the left side is irrelevant.
I also didn’t reveal whether Martinez was chewing regular or sugarless bubble gum (or any at all). He can chew either, you know, but that would be equally irrelevant to the situation.