Curious, since when does making a good enough throw to keep your 1st baseman on the bag count as perfect? The throw by Clayton pulled Hatteberg off the bag, and he might have gotten his foot back on it. If he makes a throw that keeps him on the bag we are out of the inning."No, I had to get to the bag, and make a perfect throw," Clayton said, when asked if the ball slipped. "I'm not perfect. The call went against us."
It would have been nice to hear him say that he just made a bad throw and go from there, but no he says that "he isn't perfect."
Please Royce we have known for 12 years now that you aren't perfect (or good for that matter). The throw didn't have to be perfect, it just had to get there. When you are as bad of a hitter as he is, you better be a VERY good defender. Not only not make errors but have actual range. Alex Gonzalez of the BoSox can get away with being a bad hitter because he is a AWESOME defender. Royce is a terrible hitter, and an average fielder at BEST.
When the trade went down we all heard this from Scrappy Narron:
Since coming to the Reds he has been a bad defender and has made some mental gafs. So much for "knowing how to play the game."Reds manager Jerry Narron was particularly excited about picking up Clayton, a solid defensive shortstop and noted clubhouse leader whom Narron worked with in Texas.
“He’s a veteran guy [who] knows how to play the game correctly,” Narron said of Clayton. “One thing we’ve got to do to win here is to make the routine play [and] play solid defense consistently, and Royce has proven that he can do that.”