Things that have annoyed me this season
- Cam Maybin not hitting earlier in the lineup. I realize that he showed nothing in his stint in 2009, but he was very solid in his cup of coffee to end the 2008 season, and yet for some reason he was seen hitting 8th for most of his time in 2009. I'm of the group that believes you give your best prospect some protection, not bat him 8th.
- Emilio Bonifacio STILL batting leadoff. Are you absolutely kidding me? Who in their right mind leads off with a guy that is hitting .250/.298/.311 in 141 plate appearances. Since April 9th, he's now hitting .172/.238/.194 in 101 plate appearances. Yea, we get it, he runs really fast. Oh wait, what happened to that speed recently? He's looked terrible in his steal attempts, getting caught his last 3 attempts. And they haven't even been close. It's beyond irresponsible that he is steal the leadoff man, let alone on the 25 man roster at this point in the season
- Benching John Baker against lefties. Fine, I get it, he struggles against lefties. I have no issues with him getting a day off against lefties. My issue is with the fact that Ronny Paulino, a lefty masher, hits 8th when he gets those starts. Why the hell is someone with a career .926 OPS against lefties hitting 8th in the order? Does Fredi and Co not have access to splits? For the love of Benito Santiago, can someone please print him out some splits and staple them to Carlos Tosca's forehead?
- Why does Alfredo Amezaga get first billing in the outfield over Brett Carroll? Amezaga is a career .652OPSer and it's an even worse .513 against lefties. I realize Brett Carroll is no prized prospect, but he has shown that he's got some pop in his bat (in the minors) and his defense is definitely above average. Add in his epic arm, and he's a big step up all around from the Amazing one. But go ahead Fredi, keep giving Fredo that weekly start in CF, thanks
- You have two guys (Baker and Hermida) that are absolute walk machines. Do not bat them in the 5 hole or lower. There is no reason for this. Yea, Hermida is no showing much power right now, so take advantage of the fact he's getting on base 40% of the time. Batting him 8th is borderline retarded.
- And finally we visit our old friend Wes Helms. He's absolute crap. He's got a career .750 OPS but he hasn't topped .665 three seasons running. Fine, whatever you need a veteran. Who the hell signs Wes Helms to a 2 year guaranteed deal at about $1mil per season. Wouldn't you have loved to be in the Marlins war room when deciding about this Wes Helms deal? Beinfest, Hill, Jennings, Samson and perhaps even Loria are all sitting around the table, having some nachos when the fax comes in from Helms agent saying that Wes would love to come back to the Marlins. Then everyone erupts into jovial cheers that their veteran presence will be back in black and teal for 2009. But wait, how can we make this even better Beinfest says? And with that, Mike Hill suggests a 2 year deal will cement Wes as the best veteran presence this side of Nomar Garciaparra. Let's gives him a 2 year guaranteed deal at just under $2mil less than Josh Willingham. It's brilliant. I'm gonna go bash my face into a wall until this deal makes some sense.
Feel free to add in your own stuff. This could be a fun list by years end.