I can’t agree all the way with this RB. LaMarre is a fourth/fifth OF on this team and he did start two games. With fewer days off and minor injuries, I would expect he will get relatively more ABs if he stays on the roster. I don’t think we can go off of 10 or 30 or plate appearances and rethink playing time for veteran players On the pitching side, I don’t like seeing two guys ruled out of high-leverage situations and still secure on the roster. My bigger concern is the apparent trsust shown to Hildenberger, who had a good run last year but has shown signs of slippage this year.
I know I'm walking into a wind here.
If LaMarre was placed on this roster as a 4th/5th OF and it does appear you are right.
However, In my opinion... If he was placed on this roster as a 4th/5th OF and that is the role he occupies. He serves very little purpose other than a guy that Molly grits his teeth and has to force into the lineup on getaway days.
In my opinion... Any player that Molitor has to force into the lineup on getaway days shouldn't be on the roster
I believe it is the job of the front office to provide the manager with 25 players that the manager can confidently deploy and will deploy.
I then believe that it is the job of the manager to choose from all 25 players.
I will always struggle with the concept of a starting 9 and bit pieces.
I will always be against a player hitting .100 for a month and at the same time confident that he will be on the lineup card when he gets to the stadium.
While not suggesting that the player hitting .100 should also be banished like he will never ever figure it out. There is enough playing time.
I believe that every player on the 25 man deserves the chance to prove he belongs on the 25 man.
LaMarre making the 25 man roster was a surprise and he made the roster because he hit .475 in spring training.
Congrats Ryan you made the roster because you are hot right now but I will not utilize right now while you are hot. I will cool you off on the bench and wait until both Rosario and Kepler get hurt at the same time and then put you in the lineup when you are cold and then we will cut you because you didn't take advantage of the opportunity we didn't give you and your career will be over.
I'd trust the demotion a lot more if it was determined by LaMarre's actual play on the field and not some pre-determined opinion of someone.
It took Wilfred Brimley a long time before he finally gave Roy Hobbs a chance.