Thursday, June 17, 2010

This Gordon nonsense has gone on long enough

Alex Gordon is now hitting .367/.492/.646 in 199 plate appearances for Omaha and yet there is no rush by Royals management to get his bat back to KC. Yost doesn't want Gordon to come up and sit which is kind of silly if you think about it since Yost is the guy who fills out the lineup card. I imagine Yost is the only manager in the game who would play Podsednik over Gordon. It appears they are waiting for the trade deadline when Podsednik, DDJ, and Guillen could be gone before promoting him. (I doubt Guillen gets traded, no GM in baseball values RBI's as much as Dayton Moore.) Gordon had a .342 OBP in his earlier KC stint, only three players (DDJ, Butler, Maier) are doing better. Before you start with sample size I know 38 PA's is small but it was large enough to get him demoted.

He needs to come up right now and play left field every single day. Trade Pods, release Pods, I don't care. Heck, keep Pods and release Bloomquist, it's not like he's doing anything to help the team. I know the spork has a reputation as a ballplayer* but it just so happens he is batting .194, the very same average that earned Gordon a ticket to Omaha.

*Calling a guy a ballplayer is about the lamest compliment a manager can give. News flash, they are all ballplayers, that's why they're on the team. And yet people act like it's the highest praise a player can receive. I guess another unwritten rule in baseball is when you have nothing nice to say about a guy call him a ballplayer. This only works in baseball, I mean nobody is complimenting Nathan Byrne by saying "now that guy is a new media manager". You never hear  "Nick Wright is a talk show host" meant as praise. Nick actually gets called a lot of things which I don't understand because he is a hundred times better than his vexatious competition. And I'm not just saying that because he once appeared here.

Gordon's last plate appearance for KC was on May 1st, here is what a couple guys blocking him have did since then:
NamePAHRRBISBBAOBPSLG
Callaspo1723191.256.273.402
Podsednik17821510.259.297.346

Now I've never made secret that I'm a huge Callaspo fan but I never saw the wisdom in handing him third base over Gordon. Okay what's done is done, Gordon is now an outfielder and Moustakas is the long term answer at third. Well look at those numbers by Podsednik, pathetic and yet he bats leadoff nearly everyday.

It just doesn't make sense to keep him in Omaha anymore, the team is not going to win this year so they should stick their 26 year old outfielder in the lineup and bench any one of the guys who won't be on the team next year. It really is that simple.

4 comments:

  1. Couldn't say it better myself. The love affair with Pods is inexplicable--even if his wife is a knockout. Move him to someone else--MLB Tonight had many suggestions for this trade--and let Gordon demonstrate whether he is a AAAA player or truly the major league stud he was projected to be. Pods adds little and is certainly not the future!!

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  2. I agree he needs to come up, but I disagree it would be for Pods. The only reason I say this is because of Pods place in the line up. Gordo in not a top 3 hitter, more like 5 to 7. He needs to take the place of Ankiel and the Royals need to make a decision between Maier and Pods. While Mitch is not a prototypical lead off guy, he does have a .355 OBP and some speed. Then you get rid of JoGui and call up Kila. Gordo in Left, Mitch in Center, David in Right, Kila Monster at DH.

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  3. I own Gordon in fantasy, and have been waiting for him to show up in the majors for about a month. But they need to get some return on guys like Podsednik (a .290 hitter who can swipe a bag at any time is valuable in October, just ask Dave Roberts), Dejesus, Ankiel, Callaspo, anyone they can get more than a bag of peanuts for. So, I need to be patient. You too. Youve waited for 25 years to have a team that matters, whats a couple months for the second coming of the second coming of George Brett?

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  4. The man who has made up his mind to win will never say "impossible ".

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    Stockholm

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