Originally Posted by mace
It's one thing to base your opinions on September numbers, which can obviously be misleading. It's another to base them on September observations. On that score, it's certainly conceivable that a young player may deviate from his normal MO in a quick intro to the big leagues, and that could easily account for Alonso's comparative lack of patience with the Reds. But a swing is a swing, isn't it? I'm not so sure that a pronounced hitch is so casually correctable.
But wait a minute. This appraisal of Alonso was not based on anything that happened in September (other than point 7, of course). What his September did was fall short of alleviating these concerns.
As for points 1 and 2: Yes, those drawbacks can be absorbed if a guy is a major producer with the bat--a Prince Fielder type, for instance. But that's what I haven't yet seen out of Alonso.
Its generally a bad idea to use observations of a guy as a pinch hitter every other game who is used to playing every day IMO.