warrick95 wrote:I think the #1 thing wrong about Tampa Bay right now is Lou Piniella. Gathright is among my favorite Rays. Let the kid play for crying out loud. His OBP will probably end up being similar to Sanchez's and if you give him a chance, he may improve. If they give him a negative attitude of course he won't care. This is ridiculous.
Maybe not Gathright. Why not Matt Diaz, who was released?! Or Jonny Gomes? The Rays seem to just hate all their young talent who other teams give shots to. The Rays seem content to letting subpar veterans with little upside play. Is this Lou Piniella's doing or Chuck LaMar's? It's just dumb.
I just don't get why they won't give Joey a shot. Gathright/Crawford would be lethal. He has more upside than Alex Sanchez. What the hell do they want him to do? Build more muscle? Get even faster?
I agree with everything you said. As far as who is to blame, well Alex Sanchez was originally in the Rays system way back before his Brewer days ... so maybe Lamar? Anyways yes, the rays for some unknown reason refuse to play their young players unless they are at the time their best prospect, ex. rocco, crawford, upton (till lou hated his def.)