Saturday, June 11, 2005


Think about it.

The Yankees, the richest team in baseball, have a light hitting, middle infielder playing left field.

Tony Womack, a second baseman by trade, has been the regular out there for the last two months.

Before the season, many had questioned if his bat would be adequate at second base. Then they move him to the position that should be providing the most power for the team. That’s the way it works for most teams. It’s the easiest position to play so you can put a so-so fielding slugger out there.

Mr. Womack, is hitting .250 with an on-base average of .290 and no homers. In short, he’s a huge liability for the team in left field.

The Yankee General manager said today that there will be no changes made on the team.

In all of baseball there is no position easier to fill than left field except for designated hitter (which many rightfully contend is not a position). That’s because there are so many players who fit the job description: Lots of hit, not so much field. In the majors and minors there are literally dozens who could easily post better numbers than Womack. And because there are so many available, they come cheap.

Why they stay with Womack in left is a mystery.

While I’m on the subject of baseball, the deal of the year so far is the Dodgers getting Jason Phillips for Kaz Iishi. Phillips plugged a huge hole behind the plate for the Dodgers, giving them better than average defense and being on a pace for 80 ribbies. Iishi is a No. 5 starter for the Mets and barely hanging on to that.


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