Originally Posted by coachw513
Absolutely...ANYONE'S presence in the lineup should be based on performance...but much is done behind the scenes, preparing the right way, handling stress and adversity and so on...
Last year, I'm not sure we had a group of guys who could show the team how to "get out" of the free-fall that accompanied the August swoon and the west-coast swing debacle...not that it won't happen again, but I think this team is more insulated to handling the day-to-day and being able to respond accordingly and that's due to having guys who have "been there, done that"...
Griffey's veteran presence has been with the club since 2000.
Arroyo was with the team last season.
Rich Aurilia had been through a number of playoff series, including a World Series.
Scott Hatteberg has seen plenty of playoff experience.
So you substitute Conine for Aurilia and add Stanton and Gonzalez to the mix, and suddenly the club is better prepared for a playoff run? I don't see it.