Originally Posted by Red Heeler
Bruce can get plenty of AB's as a 4th OF. Dunn could use a couple of extra days off per year. Griffey needs lots of rest. Hamilton, between injury and rest, requires an understudy. Between starts, he becomes the first bat off the bench. I don't think that Jay is the kind of guy to get disgruntled about a reserve role in the Majors, so long as there is playing time available. OTOH, how is he going to feel about "playing every day" in Louisville while Norris Hopper is getting his AB's with the Reds?
If Jay's on the major league team, he starts with no reservations. Hamilton would have to "settle" for backup duty for the year.