In response to Dave’s recent post, I am reminded of a game show that I’m sure a lot of you remember. In the show, you were offered a prize with the idea that you would be able to trade it for what was behind a closed door or under a box. It was a high risk, high reward kind of thing.
Felix Pie went 1 for 5 last night to lower his average even further. His AAA struggles have many believing that he’s not the highly touted prospect many thought in the middle of last year.
On the season in AAA, Pie’s numbers are nowhere near his numbers last year. His batting average is down 48 points from last year’s .304 mark. His instincts on the base paths continue to neutralize his speed as he has 9 SB but has been caught 9 times as well. 50% success rate is way below the recommended to be effective 70%.
Jim Hendry has to make a decision very soon about if Pie is the future CF and leadoff hitter of this team. If he’s not, then Juan Pierre has to be looked at very closely at being the guy.
There was a chance that you could trade a decent prize with the hopes of getting something better and end up far worse off. That’s the way I feel with this team right now.
When you look at what we have, it’s easy to say that we should trade as many of them as possible and stock the farm like the Marlins. It’s easy to say we should dump Dusty Baker and bring in a guy like Lou Pinella. It’s easy to SAY all of these things, and they sound nice in your head. We’re trading in what we have in the hope that what’s behind door number three will be the answer to all our problems. There is a flaw in that hope though. That flaw lies in the person running the gameshow. In order for the Let’s Make a Deal show to work, there had to be good prizes available behind some of the doors and under some of the boxes to entice players to want to go for it. They knew that the people running the games knew how to run a game. The problem we have, is that the person running THIS game doesn’t appear to have a plan.
We can all admit that there have been times when he has been creative and made trades that make you ask yourself “what were those other GM’s thinking?” There are also times when you have seen him totally drop the ball in the free agent market. It all comes down to how much you trust the man running the game. If you trust him like the A’s trust their guy, then you sit back and let him do the worrying and know that it will all be OK. If you don’t trust him, then you question just about every move he makes and wonder what direction he has the team headed in. It’s all about your perception and feelings.
Jim Hendry has a decision to make about what to do with every member of this team, including the men that run the every day operations on the field. If you trust him, then his move will be the wise one. If you don’t, then his move, regardless of what it is, will be the wrong one.
As the deadline approaches, rather than evaluating who should stay and who should go, evaluate your trust in the man running the game. Before me make a deal, we have to know the game is in good hands.