Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine
It's not a small sample size with Jerry Hairston Jr. He has a career .698 OPS in 3,229 plate appearances at the major league level. Outside of 261 atbats last season, Hairston has proven he can't hit major league pitching.
Just because that statement has been repeated a hundred times doesn't make it true. Hairston's 2008 happened. Just last year. It wasn't a fiction. He needs to settle down, he's overanxious right now. Last year he was more selective.
Laynce Nix's baseball card isn't going to the hall of fame either.
None of these players is a proven starter. So they get chances throughout the year and, if anyone shows consistency, he gets more chances. That's what happened with Hairston last year, and he made good.
Reliance on 29 or 39 or 44 at bats as definitive proof is a mistake.