Sunday, July 22, 2012
Second Base Insanity
“Yeah. But they’re not going to keep it without getting a second baseman. Ryan Raburn is terrible.”
Never mind that Ramon Santiago and Danny Worth have seen the majority of the time there lately because, yeah, Raburn is awful this year. Never mind that the team is streaking and has taken claim of the AL Central. No, people are STILL hung up on second base, as if it’s the most important offensive position on the baseball diamond. And what topped it off is when he told me who he wanted the team to get. And it’s a thought I’ve seen repeated over and over by Tiger fans the past couple months.
And it’s insane.
The guy they want will be 37 years old in October. He is currently hitting .256 with 2 homers and 19 RBI in 81 games. His OBP is a lowly .302. His OPS+ is 71. His OPS+ last year was 86. The guy hasn’t shown the ability to be healthy in a couple years. And did I mention he has only played 13 games at second base since the start of the 2010 season?
Oh, and he makes $6.25 million this year? With a mutual option for $5.5 million next year?
So let go, people. Whether it’s Marco Scutaro, Darwin Barney, Omar Infante, another trade option, or the platoon of Santiago and Worth, I just don’t think second base is going to be the thing that makes or breaks the 2012 Tigers.
You want to win this year? Start by not thinking like mental patients.