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  1. Not to mention James D’Antona who could also do Clark’s job better than Clark.

    Comment by Greg Foley — January 21, 2009 @ 4:40 pm

  2. D’Antona is playing in Japan, with the Yakult Swallows I believe.

    Comment by milkman41 — January 21, 2009 @ 7:00 pm

  3. I would agree with you except for the fact that this team is lacking tremendously in veteran leadership. We lost Randy and O-Dog. We need Clark’s experience in this still young clubhouse. Having said that, I think we’ll see Whitesell up here by the All-Star break.

    Comment by D-Backs Blog — March 30, 2009 @ 10:32 pm

  4. I’m not a big fan of the “veteran leadership” rationale, not when it means spending too much money on an old player whose skills are in decline. Especially not when it comes at the expense of playing time that could be given to a youngster. I wouldn’t volunteer to have my mind erased of 2001 World Series memories, but the way that team was constructed was painful to me.

    All that said, I think Tony Clark may be an exception. He’s a very bright guy and looks to me like a manager in the making. I don’t worry too much about his line from 2008, since he was deployed only sporadically and spent most of the year in PETCO. That doesn’t mean I want to see him get 250 AB, but for the $800K they’re paying him, Clark brings some value. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen a player/manager on a ML club, but if the Snakes get off to a slow start this season …

    Over the course of the year, I would hope to see Josh Whitesell take that 1B job for good. Neither Clark nor Chad Tracy strike me as the kind of players for whom a club should hold back a younger player. With Conor Jackson seemingly a full-time LF, Arizona will need a long term answer. No reason that Whitesell should not get his shot.

    Comment by PHXMLB — March 30, 2009 @ 10:46 pm

  5. Boy, was this prescient. Late April, and Tony Clark’s line against righties is .091/.091/.364 . Meanwhile, Whitesell is leading the Pacific Coast League, where he is languishing, with a .517 on base percentage, while batting ..370 with a .630 slugging percentage. This could have been predicted from the spring — Whitesell led the team in on base percentage (.429; best of all hitters with 30 or more at bats), tied for the team lead in home runs (3) and walks (11; despite receiving only the 11th-most at bats on the team), was second in runs (12), and tied for second in RBIs (12), while batting .308 with a .519 slugging percentage. Let’s bring Whitesell up … this is ridiculous.

    Comment by TheTimeIsNow — April 24, 2009 @ 1:37 am

  6. Looks like Whitesell just got called up to be the everyday guy since Clark AND Chad Tracy are struggling. Just picked him up in my league by the way…

    Comment by Doc | bss.com — May 9, 2009 @ 11:23 am

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