Originally Posted by Superdude
Making him earn it in Mesoraco's case has been giving him limited, erratic playing time and judging him based on small sample size. I'm not saying let him flounder all summer in the heat of a pennant race, but earning anything necessitates an actual opportunity.
So he earns it in that limited, erratic playing time so that his small sample size grows larger.
I simply don't understand the mindset that continues from some posters that Mesoraco is entitled to playing time. Why wouldn't we, as fans, want the best player playing so that the Reds can win more? I'd understand this mindset if the Reds were Astros or Cubs bad (or even Pirates or Brewers bad), but this team is (and was last season) built to win.