Saturday, June 03, 2006

Breaking him down to build him up...

I think I figured out Mike Hargrove's plan for Jeremy Reed. After reading this article from the TNT this morning, it all became so clear. See, Hargrove figures that the best way to turn Reed into a good player is to break him down. How is doing this:

1) Taking away his ability play defense
“You work on everything you can before the game, including fly balls during batting practice,” Reed said Friday. “But it can’t be the same. In batting practice, hitters don’t get fooled. In games, they do – and you have to know how to react to those swings.

“The other night in Texas, Michael Young hit a ball I thought I should have had, but it just went off my glove.”



2) Robbing him of his confidence
“I’ve tried to stay positive mentally, to be tough,” Reed said. “That is the hardest part. Coming to the park not knowing if you’re going to play is just different. I’ve never been a bench player, so that’s been an adjustment.



Look, Reed hasn't exactly earned the right to play every day with his performace at the plate. But, he has to be given a chance to prove whether or not he is going to be part of the Mariners future. Hargrove either 1) doesn't think Reed can cut it as an everyday player, 2) thinks his best chance to win now and thus save his job is to sit Reed against lefties, or 3) has a man crush on Willie Bloomquist.

So, what do we think? Should Reed be getting the chance to play everyday?

10 comments:

  1. Neddy Ballgame12:24 PM

    My vote is to play Jeremy every day and fit Willie in - Willie i s NOT Mark McLemore but he fills a role so let him be that role player and Reed play center regularly---winning is important but we can lose 90 games wiht or wihtout Reed in center so why not wiht to see if he really is a major leaguer and our future in CF

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  2. Woops. That should say "HERE's how HE is doing this:"

    Lefty Mark Redman pitching for KC today. Guess who's playing CF?

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