Sunday, June 03, 2007
Again, I was going to let Joe Morgan's ramblings slip off into the night without comment. Again, he's not letting me.
Please, Joe, for the love of God, stop talking about how shallow Manny Ramirez is playing. We heard you the first time and understand that his positioning cuts down the angles he can use to get to a ball down the line or in the gap. Thank you for your concern.
I, however, am one of those crazy people who thinks Manny is not as bad a left fielder as people like to think (and that I'm flying stubbornly in the face of statistical analysis by even considering this). He doesn't have a great arm or outstanding range, but he makes up for those shortcomings by playing to his strengths, such as a quick release and knowledge of his own arm strength.
Simply put, when it comes to playing left field at Fenway Park, I trust Manny Ramirez more than I trust Joe Morgan.
(Oh, and Jon? You can take it easy as well. We know it's chilly in Boston tonight. It was cool and rainy all day. Strangely enough, these things happen, even in June - it's NEW ENGLAND.)
P.S.- Please take the time to vote on who you think is the worst analyst in Baseball.