Originally Posted by Tony Cloninger
Maybe Narron just told EE that he is tired of turning his head and feeling ill...every time a ball is hit at him. Maybe it worked.
Is he not allowed to tell EE that his defense could be better...even despite his age. I think Narron would tolerate the fact EE might get into hitting slumps more than him not improving his defense. I am sure they have discussed and tried working on his footwork and the way he throws. Maybe EE is frustrating them by not improving.
Glad to see AK did not get something broken on his previous HBP.
He's not going to improve overnight. Reasonably what you should be hoping for is that he's better in the second half of the season than in the first.
I think it's fine to set an expectation for where his defense needs to be, but folks inside the baseball world (IMO) are sometimes quick to read inexperience as a personal defect and I certainly hope that isn't done in the case of Encarnacion. He's too talented (in the field as well as at the plate) for the team to have any other view on this outside of being resolved to work through it.