Originally Posted by Bumstead
Where have you seen anyone say he is below average defensively? Where has anyone said anything that would lead one to think he is a DH-only? Those are my questions. Fine can mean a lot of things, but when he starts getting compared to DH-only type players there should be something that triggers it. Where is the trigger? Personally, I have an opinion on why people say that but I don't believe it has anything to do with Alonzo or his talent.
I think he has some on the bag glove issues, something that's correctible but he certainly doesn't appear comfortable in that respect and who knows if he ever will. Also his range (compared to other 1st baseman) is average at best and could get worse as he goes. Shabby glove + ever worsening range could eventually force him to DH well before it should.