Originally Posted by RedEye
This, this, a thousand times this.
Ultimately I don't worry about CF because I'm confident the Reds can get by in 2012 either way and I expect a change in that position next year.
But we should remember that Stubbs missed time in June and Heisey didn't hit when he got the chance. Heisey was below .600 OPS that month and the game threads on RedsZone were wondering when Stubbs would return. (Heisey has had good months too, but in June he was he was the CFer for an extended period.)
The bottom line, though, is that Walt wants superior defense in key positions and he obviously doesn't see Chris as providing that in CF. He likes Stubbs' defense. It's just obvious that defense is driving this train.
Funny thing is that Heisey, defensively, is one of the best LEFT fielders I've seen. He's really outstanding out there. I also like his power and his hustle. There are things about his game I don't like, but he's been valuable overall.