"His speed might not allow him to catch a couple balls that somebody else may," Dombrowski said of Monroe, "but he'll fundamentally play well. And if all of a sudden, you say there are a half-dozen balls that fall during the season that somebody else may have gotten, I will grant you that.
"But then you also may say, what other center fielder might hit 25 home runs and knock in 90 [runs], and does that justify those six balls being caught? Well, in my estimation, the answer is yes, because it's a situation where you win more games that way.
"There will be some times that somebody will look out there and say, 'Gee, somebody with more speed may have caught that ball,'" Dombrowski continued. "But when they hit the three-run homer to win the game, nobody says, 'Well, he wouldn't be in the lineup if he wasn't playing there at this time.'"