Xtreemes wrote:i'll take a win and a stolen base by a pitcher on the opposite team every game.
but yes its true piazza can't throw anyone out, thats why he's being moved to first. although i hate when people say he's weak defensively, cause hes great in every other aspect of the defensive game; calling pitches, blocking the plate, not givin up passed balls, etc. he just cant throw anyone out.
I completely agree with what you said - he is a good defensive player EXCEPT for the fact that baserunners steal at will against him. That exception in itself is so bad however, that it overshadows a lot of everything else he does so well. Base stealing is such an important factor in games, I just couldnt imagine how Id feel if my team essentially decided to just give up 2b with every single.
I know he's your boy because he's on your team, but seriously now - you cant honestly say that you dont think that the defensive hole in his game doesnt affect the way teams play against the Mets and ultimately may even affect the outcome of games.
And as Zaz commented about how Ohka stole the base (getting a huge lead, etc...) - how can you not at least keep the runner in check if you are a Mets pitcher? You know you have a defensive lapse behind the plate if he tries to steal, so how do you rationalize letting someone get a big lead off first? If I were a Mets fan, thatd be one more thing Id be upset with.
I understand about Homerism - trust me - but at the same time, no player is bigger than my team. Piazza needs to give up playing C for the good of his team.