Re: Is Heisey now the incumbent?
Reading the tea leaves, I think Baker is frustrated with Stubbs' lack of improvement and looking for other options at this point. The extreme valleys are no longer worth the occasional long ball, supposed defense, and extra half-step on the basepaths. Baker perhaps sees the near 900 second-half OPS this season and the September/ October 931 OPS last season and figures he can live with the (supposed) poorer defense for the uptick in power, obp, and overall offense.
I'm guessing Heisey's going to get a lot more time from here forward. If he catches fire (as he did last September, as he appears to be doing now), it could be the difference between simply playoff baseball and a World Series title.
He's proven to be a league average or better bat and his defensive metrics show him to be somewhere from average to slightly above. I would have liked to have seen Baker make the move earlier, but late is better than never.
Having said that, I'm perhaps biased. I hate Stubbs' play, for the most part. And I really like the way Heisey plays (though his lack of walks frustrate, especially when a pitcher can't seem to find a plate).
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Last edited by Scrap Irony; 09-01-2012 at 04:59 AM.