Originally Posted by Old school 1983
I wasn't strictly referring to Mez. Corey Patterson got the nod over Bruce. Hatteberg over votto. Fred Lewis over Alonso, renteria over cozart willie harris over frazier, and hanigan over Mez. I do agree that there may be more to that though. The prospects he has played have been be a use he really has no other choice.
Maybe my memory is flawed, but I recall that Bruce did not make the club in the year that Corey Patterson was here. Wayne K sent him down to the minors. Once Bruce was up on the ML club, Bruce played just about every day. Patterson got an audition in the beginning of the season, then was benched. At the end of the season, due to injuries, Dusty was forced to start Patterson. Now maybe the arguement could be made that Dusty gave Patterson too long of a trial in the beginning of the season.. but his GM just gave this guy 3 million.. Patterson (or any other FA) is going to get plenty of chances by any manager in that situation. Dusty can't start Bruce when Bruce is in AAA
Fred Lewis over Alonso.. Alonso could not play LF.
Willie Harris over Fraiser? Harris only appeared in 25 games (most off the bench). Only had 44 ABs.
Renturia over Cozart: In 2011, Cozart was not called up until July 7. Shortly later, he had a pretty severe elbow injury. Again, Dusty can't start Cozart when he's spent so much time in AAA and the DL.
Hat over Votto? In 2008 (Votto's first full season), Hat only had 52 ABs.
Mez vs Hannigan.. I agree this is kind of mysterious, but part of the reason is that Hannigan did a great job last yar.
I don't mean to get in your face about this, but Dusty gives young players plenty of chances. He does not play over the hill veterans over promising kids.
I will concede his handling of Mez is a bit odd though. But this seems to be the exception rather than the rule. I will also say this.. Maybe Mez just isn't as great as we hoped he'd be? I'm not giving up on him, but it's not as if Dusty has the next Gary Carter on the bench.