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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
.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?!
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.