Originally Posted by BLEEDS
What about Centerfield/Leadoff? Surely Jay Bruce was given a fair shot at winning that job
Well, lucky for you you didn't take up that bet. Even with no terms, you had no chance at winning that one.
Let me guess - Patterson still hasn't made the 40-man or 25-man yet, right?!?!?
He was given a fair shot, and Patterson played better. The difference between us is that I think Centerfield was always an open competition, and you think Patterson was a lock once he was signed by the Reds to a minor league deal. Patterson hit .440 in spring training, Bruce .262. Bruce had to have a Hamiltonesque spring training and really impress to be the Opening Day Center Fielder. The starting position will go the person who earned it in spring training, and Corey Patterson has earned it by playing better than his competition.