Monday, March 8, 2010
Bobby has seen action in all three games so far while Baker and Fontenot have gotten into one game each.
I thought this was supposed to be a competition for a role as an everyday second baseman. Has Bobby Scales somehow become a candidate for the position?
We talked about this a bit on the podcast during the beatdown at the hands of the Sox on Saturday and nobody could figure it out. Though there has not been an opportunity to change anything since then, the fact remains that Bobby Scales is getting playing time ahead of two guys that are supposed to be competing for a pretty important job on the team. I don't get it.
I get why Starlin Castro, Tyler Colvin, and even Brad Snyder are getting work. They are young and the coaches want to see a bit more of them so they can be as informed as possible when choices need to be made. Those guys are young and have potential futures with the major league club.
Bobby Scales is not young and he has no future with the Cubs that we want any part of. Let me put it this way: If Bobby Scales is on the major league roster at any point this season, it means things have gone horribly, horribly wrong. Right now, Andres Blanco, Darwin Barney, and Starlin Castro have to be ahead of Scales on the list of players to be used as backups or in the event of an injury to any of our diminutive middle infielders.
I don't dislike Bobby Scales. His rise to the major leagues was a wonderful story of perserverance and realizing one's dreams. He had some nice moments, but lets not fool ourselves into thinking that he is suddenly going to be worthy of a major league roster spot for any period of time that does not involve catastrophic injuries to numerous other players. There is no way in hell he should continue getting time on the field ahead of Baker and Fontenot. Like them or not, they are the Cubs options at second base this year.
Like I said, it is early and I am sure that Fontenot and Baker will get plenty of playing time, but I have to wonder why Scales has gotten as much work as he has. Maybe it's a thank you for the effort he has put in, knowing these first few games mean almost nothing at all with starting pitchers going two innings and kids that are barely old enough to vote getting the bulk of the work.
I hope he enjoys it while it lasts, and I hope it doesn't last too much longer.
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