"Edison said it was the sweat of effort that brought about results, not brains."
Great, but without brains your "sweat of effort" will only get you a nicely dug ditch...
As we speak, Campana is on the bench with a .270 avg, and a less than stellar .308 OBP. When you factor into this the fact that Campana in 208 ab's has walked a lowly 8 times, has struck out far too often, and thus far has not used speed to get on base by strategically placed balls on diamond, to rule him out this soon seems to me self defeating.
Because the numbers speak volumes when combined with Tony's ability to steal so far, that place him in the upper levels of baseball.
Tony is 26, had part year 08 beginning in minors, has shown progression otherwise. With the up and down nature of his career since being called up by Cubs, I think the time is now to send him back, doing so with a purpose that is well defined. I'm not ready to throw in the towel. Personnaly, I want to win.
Horses mouth: Campana said he can steal a 100+ bases. Young man is assured that way.
Give him the space, let him breathe and find answers, next yr we could have a gem.
You don't steal 25 bases in 152 at bats without actually getting on base. And Campana had a .355 on base percentage down at Iowa. But you don't improve your hitting or on base percentage by riding the pine.
The mighty DeJesus had a .322 on base percentage in June and has a .308 on base percentage in July.
In a rebuilding year, Sveum should be letting the kids play!