Re: Your 2009 Cincinnati Red Opening Day Lineup (per CTrent)
There just isn't anything about McDonald that suggests he's the best the Reds can do for a bench outfielder. Dusty seems to like him for some reason, but McDonald is a guy with a long track record that, unfortunately, shows he's not a major league player.
The other worrisome thing in the outfield yesterday was how shaky Hairston's defense was. He keeps saying that he's an infielder by trade and he sure didn't look like an outfielder yesterday. If the Reds are serious about having a good defense, he either needs to play better or they need to move on to a different option to platoon with Dickerson. Hairston surely doesn't have enough pop, compared to other MLB starting left fielders, for him to be mediocre or poor defensively.