Originally Posted by SteelSD
Can you please explain how basepath speed helps when it's sitting in the dugout after an inordinate amount of Plate Appearances? Your entire position doubles back upon itself when we run into that not-so-tiny fundamental point.
He's fast, but doesn't get on base so the speed argument is pretty much moot. Willy Taveras doesn't put any pressure on the opposing defense. He only pressures his own offense because they have to somehow make up for his lack of anything resembling even a mediocre offensive game.
Yes, he does get on base. Just not as much as you apparently want him to. .330 obp is not ideal, I'm not an idiot...but it's also far from horrible. Heck, we really only had a half dozen guys on the Reds who were better than that last year. Edwin, Jr., Votto, Dunn & Hairston and a few parttimers. .308 was his low point. I'd expect him to go back to his norms. Sure, it'd be great if it was better, but saying he doesn't get on base is an exaggeration. Walks or no walks, he's still normally a .280 hitter. Only Votto & Hairston did better than .280 last season. I see THAT as a bigger problem than his walks. As a team we don't get hits. Now if we compensated with tons of walks...fine. But we don't. So we need to get some guys who can hit for a decent average at least. And other than last season, he's proven he can do that. Hell, even look at last season's .251 avg....that was still better than half our team. Is he a savior...hell no. But he's far from the plague that people here are making him out to be.