I know many here challenged the wisdom of carrying three catchers and advocated that the low man on the totem pole, David Ross, be sent packing. Lo and behold, two months into the season, and said David Ross is leading the team with a slugging percentage of .638 and OPS of 1.009. He has 4 HR in 47 AB and 12 RBI, 3 more than Scott Hatteberg, our platooning 1B baseman. His strong game calling also has certainly been a positive influence for Bronson Arroyo, the starting pitcher who Ross always catches and who is now leading the league with a 2.29 ERA.
In hindsight, even David Ross' detractors must now admit, they were rather premature in rushing to judgment and calling for his head.
I think a legitimate argument can still be made that we don't need three catchers. But if that arrangement gives way to a more traditional two catcher setup over the summer, it's not going to be David Ross getting shown the exit sign, but rather one of our veteran backstops, Valentin or Larue.
Props to Krivksy for discovering yet another diamond in the rough, complementing his great find in Phillips. Now if Cody Ross can turn on the juice like David Ross has, this team might really start cooking with beans.
Not that all these youngsters can overtake Dunn, Griffey and Lopez as offensive catalysts, but they have given us a much stronger bench than any of us imagined going into this season, and they also have given Krivsky some cards to play to acquire relief for our tattered and tarnished bullpen.