Originally Posted by RedlegJake
I'm not like Doc. I like players based on personality and attitude. I remember when Corky wasn't so heavy. I don't think he is out of shape but years of catching and an unrelenting combination of age and genetics have killed what little speed he once possessed and increased his waistline. He is 75% of the catcher he once was and at his best he was a fringe talent but he's always played hard and been fan friendly. I'm glad he got this last cup of coffee. Liking a guy however doesn't get in the way of hard nosed baseball sense. So far Dusty has used about twice as much as makes sense. The younger vastly more talented Mesaraco should be starting more often.
As for Barnhart I wouldn't call him up. He's having a good year at the plate and I'd let that develop. Rushing him might ruin the progress he's showing. If Tucker finishes with close to his current numbers I say briefly up him toward the end to AAA and let him have a full year next year at AAA and as the emergency go to guy then. And yes scouts say he is already capable of handling ML defense but why disrupt a guy who is finally showing some strides hitting too? I think hr'll be a fine backup for Mes when Hanny gets too expensive.
I totally agree with you. I remember going to a game when corky was here in his first stint. He was catching Chris reitsma. I remember coky ripping a nice double that game. At this point though Mez needs to get his time.
I agree on Barnhart. Lets allow him to keep improving. But dustys handling of the catching situation makes little sense to me. I love the fact that millers years of loyalty are being repaid with one last cup of coffee, but at the same time even corky has to know the future lies in devin and even in the present devin is a better catcher. Everyone seems to grasp this but dusty. It's a really frustrating situation because I believe that Mez is really one of two guys capable of stepping up and filling in the cleanup role. The other being Frazier when he is on a hot streak, but not when he is cold.