Originally Posted by M2
Sure, whoever's right on this gets to say they were right.
My general thinking is that if your young, recent blue chip catcher starts banging the ball, then he's going to play. And Mes looks like he's got himself ready to be the impact player we hoped he'd be last year. Hanigan's a fine guy, but he's not an impact player.
Obviously Mes has got to bring the boom boom to the room for that to happen, but if he does at some point it becomes clear the future is now.
If he really hits well enough and the team is winning when he starts, I tend to agree.
Here's why: Jocketty is smart enough to know that Devin has the potential to be an all star caliber catcher. If he displays that promise early in the year, it would be silly to let him get cold or grow discouraged because he only plays two out of five days. Mesoraco could be one of the better catchers in the game, and he could be a Red for another six to ten years or more. If he shows he can get the job done, you hand the reins over.