Ryan LaMarre has been infiltrating other topics, sometimes with my assistance so I'm starting a fresh LaMarre topic to help stay on topic elsewhere.
I realize that I'm starting to create the impression that I'm Ryan LaMarre crazy after 12 AB''s. I want to clarify my opinion because I'm getting a lot of small sample size type comments and even some flavor of the month snark comments in response. At the very least, I'm hoping that it can be understood that I understand small sample sizes and my point is probably more about opportunity and timing than it is about LaMarre himself.
I believe it is the job of the front office (General Manager, Scouts... whoever is in the room with input) to put together a 25 man roster. I believe it the job of the GM and staff to look through past statistics and all the factors necessary to make the best determinations.I believe that front office should not waste a 25 man roster spot ever unless the team is in some sort of rebuild situation.
If the front office made the determination that Ryan LaMarre gets a 25 man roster spot. I believe they have made a determination that he can play or else they failed to secure a guy who can play. I believe the front office will have made a huge mistake if they just handed a 25 man spot to a player that they (or the manager) doesn't believe can play.
I believe it is the job of the manager to take that 25 man roster and manage it. If the Manager only trusts 22 of the 25 players, I will believe one of two things:
1. There are three players that shouldn't be on the roster.
2. Or... those twenty-two players that he trusts to play must be performing at such a high level that he just can't find a spot for the other three to play.
I believe the 25 man roster is important because having depth means that you don't have to put struggling players in the lineup every single day because you have nobody else to play.
I believe a player on the 25 man roster who is 7 for 12 deserves the chance to see if he can go 9 for 16.
I believe there is no past metric or future projection that justifies sitting a player with 7 hits in 12 AB's over a guy who has 4 hits in 48 AB's. The Past is the Past and the Future is the Future... It is the manager's job to put the best player in the lineup TODAY... RIGHT NOW. It is the job of the manager to manage the 25 man roster he has. While Molitor has been trying to bust Morrison out of his slump, he has been ignoring a player who is clearly performing better... right now.
I don't believe the solution is to sit Morrison extensively either because... yeah... he will never get out of his slump that way. But I do believe that he can yield some playing time to see if the 7 for 12 guy can go 9 for 16. I believe that Castro can yield some playing time to Garver as long as Castro has less hits than LaMarre has in 4X the AB's.
I believe that a player will never get a chance to prove himself if he is playing for a manager who is so full of hubris that he will ignore 7 for 12 because he believes the 4 for 48 guy is better.
To further strain on my point from another angle... I believe it was wrong of Tommy Pham to go public with his complaints but I do believe that there are Tommy Pham stories all over the place. Players who never got a chance because the people who control their fate never gave them a chance. Players who don't get a chance and have to watch from the sidelines while players like Piscotty and Grichuk below average the Cardinals out of the playoffs.
I'm not saying that I'm placing a bet on Ryan LaMarre.
I'm not saying that Ryan LaMarre is the next Tommy Pham.
I'm not saying that Ryan LaMarre is better than Logan Morrison but I'm am saying that Ryan LaMarre has been better than Logan Morrison in the first 14 games.
I'm saying it can't be denied that Ryan LaMarre has been better than Logan Morrison in the first 14 games.
I'm saying it is the job of the manager to recognize who is better right now and then play them right now. I believe the player should be given the opportunity to earn it... regardless of how he hit in Louisville 3 years ago.
In a nutshell... See if he LaMarre can go 9 for 16 or cut him immediately and go get a player that Molitor will trust to stick in the lineup when Morrison goes 4 for 48.