Originally Posted by GAC
The Freel "experiment" is over as far as I'm concerned. We like him because he's scrappy and plays hard. That is about as superficial as "veteran presence". He needs to be a super-sub. I say that because this bench, among other things, is down right atrocious. And I'm tired of this logic of "trying to find a way to play Freel". Who then loses out starting on the field?
They need to dump Castro and Moeller (and Conine could easily be on that fence to as far as I'm concerned)... and start complementing your bench with guys like Hopper and Votto in the second half.
But this team lacks a solid leadoff guy. You got Hatte, Dunn, or Jr, as far as leading the team with an OB% that is respectable. Other then that? We're sunk. Hopper? Should he be given a try? But where does he play?
I agree and always have on Freel. He goes 4-4 one night and people appoint him to the HOF, but he strikes out too much and rarely ignites any offense. Play Hamilton in center and leave the outfield Dunn-Hamilton-Griffey.
Yes, dump Castro, Moeller, and Conine and bring up those kids. Bring up lots of kids and try (almost impossible) to get rid of Stanton and others for a bucket of balls (heck, give Stanton away) and see what happens. If you're going to stand pat, just leave the fans alone because most (not RZ, but most) could care less at this point.