Nice power ... straight-up guy. My only point is that spring training should be better used to give more guys a chance to show their stuff ... and there's really no downside to the team doing so. (I would also prefer to see younger guys ... rather than over-the-hill or never-been retreads.)
I feel the same about the expansion to the 40-man roster; bring up the guys who have had excellent minor league seasons ... and see if they can hit major league pitching ... because that's about the only significant thing separating AAA from ML.
If given enough playing time, I have no doubt that Dan Johnson would hit for a better average than Pena and Molina (while being a lot more versatile) ... and I also agree ... that for whatever reason ... he wasn't ever on Maddon's playlist.
Maddon has this New Age, laid-back, open-minded, Margaritaville-type public persona ... but I think he's probably really as rockheaded as they come ... and when he makes up his mind ... for whatever reason ... he'll NEVER admit he was wrong by changing it!
I believe that hardheadedness has probably cost the Rays a few games every season he's been here. And ... I don't think there's any doubt he'll do something that proves to be a total failure this season ... but ... he'll still keep doing it ... like some compulsive headbanger who's convinced he can empty the Gulf with a spoon!