Why does Brandon Inge, with a final 2008 BA of .205, get handed the 2009 starting third-baseman's job, when just the other day, Leyland said everyone will have to earn his spot, regardless of name (and salary?)?
I mean, I love Brandon's defense, it is highlight reel every night at third with him, and he's a quality individual, and you can see he plays with a real joy at third. But, I'm sorry .205 is not going to get it.
For Jacque Jones and Craig Monroe, a BA higher than that meant designated for assignment. For Ramon Santiago and Marcus Thames, they hit better and don't even get a shot at being an everyday player. Leyland said Thames would get a shot this year, but never stayed with him for any length of time.
Granted Thames' defense isn't like Brandon's, but Ramon's nickname is Pacman for goodness sake.