The question is not if Tejada can be an everyday SS..The question is if the team overcome the loss of Reyes with Tejada at short as is currently put together. Baseball has been a game that was built around SS like Tejada..But in this modern era of baseball the game has changed and SS has become a position of offense. That is in large part due to steroids. The Mets for years have been a team that relied on a great deal offensive production from SS and where built as such.. If you have offense from your SS position it allows for less offense at another position that may typically be expected to provide more offense. And if you have less offensive production coming from SS you need to get it elsewhere and the team needs to be built with that in mind.
With Duda the only if is if he can be a legit power hitter..Kirk is a true CF. The if is if he can establish himself at the ML level.
Turner also may have cost the Mets a run last night cutting off a throw to home by Duda which looked to be a good throw that may have got him out.
He had every intention of giving Murphy a shot at 2nd base which is why he has him working at 2nd as far back as the off season in 2008. The problem was Murphy got injured working at 2nd and never got a chance to prepare for the position. Murphy is not the kind of athlete you can simply move to 2nd with no experience. Murphy issue has been injury. That is what kept him from being at 2nd base under Omar. Nothing else. Murphy had an entire off season on to work at 2nd base when the new management came in. The new administration botched up how they handled Murphy last season royally..First off if you left the decision up to the mnanager, Murphy would have been at second base out of ST..Instead we got Emaus because this front office drafted him in toronto and they tried to force feed him down Mets fans throats despite the fact every sign in ST pointed to the fact he was not ML ready..On the other side of the coin Murphy tore it up last spring and earned the job. Think that decision played into this teams terrible start last year? It did.
Secondly they put way to much on Murphy plate last year. Either commit to 2nd base or don't.
Hey Omar, once again thank you for leaving Jesus Flores unprotected. He continues to look like Johnny Bench against the Mets.
bullfella1, also I read the Rick Peterson hated Heath Bell. Peterson, another guy I despise. How's that 10 minutes w/ Zambrano going!!??
I think Ken Davidoff gets his article ideas from this board. This is from Wednesday's Post: