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June 12, 2003
BASEBALL: Platoon Alomar

Yet again, a GM has been replaced, leaving Art Howe behind as a legacy. With only an interim GM in place, this leaves Howe temporarily in de facto charge of the team, as far as his authority with the players. Will he use it?

This is hardly news, but Roberto Alomar needs to quit switch-hitting and/or be platooned. Here's his Avg/Slg/OBP and cumulative splits since the start of 2002:

vsRHP: .294/.407/.371, 575 AB, 169 H, 33 2B, 4 3B, 8 HR, 69 BB
vsLHP: .188/.298/.253, 218 AB, 41 H, 7 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 17 BB

Alomar's noted as a guy the manager needs to kiss up to to a certain extent, but this is ridiculous; he's just killing the team playing against lefthanders. There's no shame in a veteran becoming a platoon player; Lou Whitaker and to some extent George Brett did it, and plenty of others have moved to something like a platoon role as they aged. Whether he can get Alomar to accept a new role -- or whether he even tries -- will say a lot about Howe.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 09:31 PM | Baseball 2002-03 | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)
Comments

It's amazing how much "names" matter, nowadays.
In my rotisserie league, no one will even consider the notion that someone like Todd Walker is better than Alomar simply because.....he's Roberto Alomar! even though his numbers are horrendous.

Posted by: Ricky at June 13, 2003 06:10 AM
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