My Boyfriend Hit a Home Run
There. That’s my quota of happy talk for now. There is something that’s leaving a bad taste in my mouth. I’m wondering why the Dodgers called up third baseman Tony Abreu from the minor leagues yesterday.
As a team, the Dodgers have many glaring deficiencies: no power hitting, inconsistency at the third base position and the worst defense in the National League. Bring up Abreu doesn’t really solve any of these problems. In fact it makes it more confusing.
Let’s start with Nomar. He made his name in Boston as a shortstop. To address the third base position the Dodgers could simply move Nomar there. Both Cal Ripken Jr. and Alex Rodriguez have made a successful transition from shortstop to third. One could argue that putting Nomar in that position will increase his chances of getting injured, but doesn’t he have that chance every time he swings on the first pitch? Putting Nomar in third will allow the languishing James Loney to be called up to the team.
Abreu is traditionally a second baseman or a shortstop. He moved to third base exclusively since Andy La Roche was called up two weeks ago. Having Abreu play third base doesn’t make sense defensively especially since he made a throwing error on the first play of the game Tuesday night.