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  1. It’s time for Kotsay to hang up his spikes and pursue the career for which he was destined, a Stephen Baldwin impersonator.

    Comment by Mike B. — August 31, 2010 @ 1:30 pm

  2. Wait a sec… so you’re telling me that there’s an entire position in the American League where all you have to do is hit… and that it’s a BAD idea pass on signing older guys who can definitely still hit but shouldn’t play the field therefore carrying less cost, and instead in slot in various players, often below average hitters, on a rotating basis?

    /brain explodes

    Comment by The Duder — August 31, 2010 @ 1:54 pm

  3. IIRC, weren’t they trying to take advantage of platoon splits depending on who was starting?

    I could be totally wrong (and the numbers, which I haven’t looked up, might not even suggest it’s a great idea), I just thought that was largely the rhetoric at the time

    Comment by Andy — August 31, 2010 @ 2:10 pm

  4. Ozzie has some sort of idea that guys like Thome “clogged” the bases and therefore prevented the White Sox from scoring runs. I’m not totally sure what this theory is to be honest, but I think it’s just a weird way of saying that if you get on base, you better have speed. While I was never a fan of the double play and with Thome and Konerko, there are going to be a lot of double plays, but at the same time, having to watch Mark Kotsay for five months has been brutal (it’s a shame that Kotsay wasn’t on the Mariners this year honestly). Anyway, I’ve taken to call Kotsay “The Plummer” since he’s unclogged the bases by not getting on base. At least Ozzie is happy.

    Comment by Otter — August 31, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

  5. Ironically, if double plays were the concern, Kotsay and Thome have grounded into the same amount of double plays this year, 8. Kotsay has had roughly 40 more PAs, but that is a difference of maybe 1 double play in Kotsay’s favor. The rotating DH was really stupid, and if it is an attempt to keep guys fresh, it doesn’t seem to be working. Quentin, Konerko, and Alex Rios all have lower OPSes in the DH spot.

    Comment by Muzz — August 31, 2010 @ 2:47 pm

  6. It’s hard to finger the DH, when Tampa Bay is 10 games better than the Sox without getting significantly more from their DH rotation. The bullpen has cost them more wins since the all-star break than the WAR difference between Thome and Kotsay. I don’t think a revolving DH is a bad idea, the caveat being it needs to be filled with at least average hitters, and that’s failure is on the GM.

    Comment by James — August 31, 2010 @ 3:14 pm

  7. The logic about Thome moving from the Twins to the Sox meaning +3 for the Sox and -2.5 for the Twins fails. It is based upon the assumption that the Twins don’t get to replace those ABs or would be replacing them w/ a player that is a 0 or negative WAR player.

    Comment by John — August 31, 2010 @ 3:22 pm

  8. You’re right. Oversight on my part.

    Comment by Joe Pawlikowski — August 31, 2010 @ 3:22 pm

  9. So, you have Jim Thome start against righties…

    Is it really that hard?

    Comment by Kevin S. — August 31, 2010 @ 4:29 pm

  10. If managers weren’t complete cowards in their usage patterns of their backup catchers, Ramon Castro would have been a candidate to pick up some DH time.

    Comment by Dan Greer — August 31, 2010 @ 5:12 pm

  11. .Wait. you want MLB managers to use Ramon Castro in their lineups…the backup catcher and former Met….furthermore…the dude who settled a rape case against him out of court in 2004? –#1 he shouldn’t even be on a major league baseball team because of his terrible judgement, poor morals and lack of character — #2 90 at bats does not a .322 hitter make (what he’s hitting right now), he’s a career .239 hitter. his average right now is a total outlier of a performance and the dude for all intents and purposes freakn’ raped someone. Nice article Joe, Kotsay is a waste of time and they should have done this eons ago.

    PS– anyone else frustrated that the day after the white sox get manny, they STILL started Kotsay instead?!

    Comment by JCav75 — August 31, 2010 @ 10:01 pm

  12. Castro may be everything you claim, or he may not be. He’s on a Major League roster and on the balance has been a more productive hitter than Kotsay over the last 5 years. I think that’s enough of a sample size.

    Comment by Dan Greer — August 31, 2010 @ 10:31 pm

  13. You don’t start your only backup catcher at DH, because if you need to switch him behind the plate during the game, then you lose the DH and the pitcher hits in the catcher’s spot in the order.

    Comment by ozzie's gut — August 31, 2010 @ 11:08 pm

  14. That Ozzie is onto something…

    Comment by Dusty Baker — September 1, 2010 @ 12:52 am

  15. You’re an idiot.

    Comment by BlackOps — September 1, 2010 @ 10:50 am

  16. And it would certainly mean the end of the world if a pitcher *might* have to get a plate appearance.

    Comment by Not David — September 1, 2010 @ 3:26 pm

  17. that’s expected. Tango has shown that hitters perform worse at DH than they do in the field. which is why the position adjustment is -17.5 runs instead of -22.5.

    Comment by colintj — September 1, 2010 @ 9:09 pm

  18. yeah, the dumbest guy ever award.

    Comment by lololololpods — September 1, 2010 @ 9:14 pm

  19. Kotsay’s wife is smoking, time to retire Mark..

    Comment by Steve — September 1, 2010 @ 11:15 pm

  20. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry reading this article. It’s like banging your funny bone over and over.

    Comment by Shoeless — September 2, 2010 @ 12:14 am

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