Marlon Anderson will start in center tonight and for the near future. He has seven career games out there.
I guess I just imagined Lastings Milledge making two diving catches out there last night.
You’re joking right? Is Milledge hurt or is Green benched. I just heard on WFAN that Green has 0HR and 2RBI since June 25. MIght wanna get him out of the lineup, maybe.
What the bleep is Willie doing? We have 2 subpar OFs already and we’re going to remove the fastest CF we have?
He’s lost it. How many years left on that contract?
Do they really think Milledge is going to make it through waivers?
Come on, John. Don’t post something like this without explaining the “why” part of the equation. What are you trying to do, start a riot?
They have to be setting Edge up to be the full time RF. That can be the only answer, right? No one can be THIS STUPID.
I don’t understand the relationship with Randolph and his veterans..especially in places when a younger player has contributed and should be given more playing time.
Milledge hasn’t hit as of just recently but his defense is more than worth keeping him in the lineup. Last night, he received no respect from Alou when he was attempting to call him off and catch the ball in right center field. The Centerfielder is the captain of the outfield and if he calls for a ball, the other outfielder should let him catch it.
I think Milledge should play left and I would bench Alou..he has one hit since he returned…he swings at the first pitch most of the time and he’s also washed up.
That’s what I’m thinking Dave. But John decided to just give us a little info and rile us up instead, so I don’t know.
Can’t we DFA Randolph? ROFL
Boy oh boy.
Just. F-ing. Ridiculous.
Milledge not in the lineup today. What is going on?
Gentlemen (RE: Anderson)
I got from Randolph no real good reason for why Anderson is playing tonight over Milledge. He said Anderson was one of his guys and wanted to see him. I’ll try to press him more after the game. But, Milledge isn’t hurt.-JD
Marlon Anderson is no better in CF than Milledge. Probably a little bit worse. How much difference in runs per game over the course of a season do you think a good CF saves vs a lousy one? I would say 1 run every 4 games.
Anderson isn’t good enough to play second regularly b/c his defense is sub par so he gets to play CF? Honestly Willie is doing a bad job, Milledge needs to be in CF b/c if Willie hasnt noticed the guys in RF and LF are a little on the slow side…ok a lot on the slow side.
One of His Guys? So Milledge isn’t? This is really silly. Willie is a joke.
Please, John, hit Willie hard on this. This just isn’t right.
“He said Anderson was one of his guys and wanted to see him. ”
And Omar gave this clown an extension why?
John, I haven’t posted in awhile, but this deserves a comment:
Please ask Willie for me why he is such an idiot? I mean his excuse is going to be that he wanted to put the left handed bats of Green and Anderson in against the righty pitcher; but somewhere along the line he forgot that Ollie is a FLY BALL PITCHER! So he puts the absolute worst possible defensive OF on the field!
Honestly, when I saw Green hitting 6th last night with his 3 for 26 history against Suppan, I lost patience with Willie’s stubborness, inflexibility and unwillingness to give key young players a chance.
I guess the only thing I can really say is that Thank God he doesn’t have an alternative “proven veteran” to be “his guy” to play 3B or SS!
Really, Alou/Anderson/Green is basically the most inept defensive outfield ever. And, yeah, you’ve got Ollie and his ridiculously high FB% on the mound. MAKES NO SENSE!
Banjo and Lawn, huh?
Seriously. What planet is he living on?
John, I realize that this is your job and everything and… there’s an extent to which you have to keep a line of communication with these people but…
Doesn’t there come a point where someone has to say, point blank, “this is completely ridiculous”?
I can’t. None of the other people here can.
Starting Marlon Anderson over Lastings Milledge is… like… like… it’s 1984. Down is up, up is down, we’re at war with East Asia, we’re at war with Central Asia, we’re at war with South Asia.
Is Willie TRYING to lose the divison?
Willie clearly has some problem with Milledge—but he has to get over it and put the best team on the field. We, supposedly, just turned down several trade offers—and possibly lost a chance to salvage the season—becauser Omar will not give up his young OFs (Milledge).
But Willie wants him to sit??
If we have to pack the lineup with leftie agains t Claudio Vargas, then we are in bigger trouble than I thought!!
I think Willie uses players to communicate with Omar and I don’t think they get along at all.
When Willie was stuck with Franco he kept sending him out their in pinch hitting situations despite not producing.
Now he’s not happy about not getting a reliever so last night 8th inning here comes Mota, didn’t get an OF here comes Anderson.
There have been other examples were it appeared he was saying fine you give me this guy this is what I’ll do with him. Can’t think of specifics on the fly maybe Jorge Julio.
A DP ball bounced right back to Oli and decides to play pepper with Marlon Adnerson in center field.
So what else would Prince Fielder do but blast a bomb off the center field scoreboard?
This is embarrassing.
Shawn Green is the WORST fielding outfielder I’ve seen since Lonnie Smith.
And Oli is playing the field tonight as if he’s on roller skates.
Could you clarify the “and for the near future” part of your comment? That’s what drove me nuts. Lastings sitting tonight by itself was stupid, but the impliction that Marlon would be out in CF most days I think is what makes a dumb decision downright absurd.
wow, this homer by Anderson hopefully doesnt give Willie any validation in this move. Get Green out of there!
Isnt Milledge the guy leading the team in runs produced since the AS break? Isnt Milledge the best defensive OF on the team, Beltran included? wtf!
This defensive OF will cost them runs, and not having Milledge out there will cost them runs on offense. Completely unreasonable decision.
If Milledge isnt going to be a regular the rest of this year then they should have traded him for Cordero! Do Willie and Omar have a gap in communication?
I have been a long time Willie supporter.. often going out of my way to defend him, even perhaps when there was no defense for him. There have been a recent slew of moves however that are quickly making me question his ability to lead this team. Tonight is probably the most mind boggling however…
How Milledge can be riding pine tonight, ESPECIALLY after the two brilliant catches he had last night is downright irresponsible, and seemingly SPITEFUL.
9 times out of 10 this year, I can see Willie’s side of things, and I can normally get on board with his thinking. In this case, unless something happened in the clubhouse that Milledge is being disciplined for, I can’t do it.
Willie is beginning to get under my skin… he’s making me hate him.
“my gut told me marlon would get in a nice little rhythm”
How about that nice little 0 for July rhythm Green was in. 3 rbi in 6 weeks.
I don’t want to pick on Randolph for sitting Milledge for just 1 game but have to say that I noticed the sling is back. Does that mean another “heavy session” with the vicodin?
...the sling has a winning record this year. Keep the sling managing!!
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