crapshooter wrote:I've been puzzled why no one has given him more of a chance. It's hard to judge what anyone can do on less than 50 at bats. I realize he isn't going to be the player everyone once thought but still feel like he could be a valuable player for the Royals
It's hard to judge what anyone can do just based on their first few hundred at bats. Look back at Barry Bonds' numbers or Jim Thome. Hell, Mike Schmidt batted under .200 in his first 400 ABs.
Any team that has a talented player simply needs to give him a more or less reasonable every-day role and let him play for a year. That's tough to do and understandable why you might delay if you are a contender. But, when you were the late 1990s Orioles with no hope of contending, the only intelligent thing to do is take a good young player and let him play.
Instead, the Orioles just kept looking for what he could not do, a common mistake. Earl Weaver talks about this in his book on managing, saying something about one of his keys was always focusing on what a player could do to help the team. So, Gary Roenicke can't hit righties and Lowenstein can't hit lefties? Platoon them and you have one of the top hitting OF in ball.
The Orioles wailed about how Pickering couldn't field and couldn't run, ignoring that he could do the single most important thing in baseball.
The man can HIT. Given the chance, he'll do just that.