Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Michael Martinez: Blind Squirrel
2 games in Florida and all of a sudden Michael Martinez is worth a pinch of poop? Nope. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes.
From yesterday's The Zo Zone:
Got a tweet from a Phillies fan last night saying the Phillies needed to cut Michael Martinez … on the night he got the game-winning hit. My Lord. I understand the frustration, but a little perspective, please. I remember when So Taguchi hit .220 as the team’s fifth outfielder in 2008. I remember when Eric Bruntlett hit .171 and Matt Stairs hit .194 in 2009. I remember when Greg Dobbs hit .196 last season. The 25th man on the roster is not going to cost this team a trip to the playoffs or the World Series. Yes, it’s ideal to have a more productive player in that spot, but there are bigger issues surrounding this team. Is it frustrating? Yes. Is it worth being that angry about? No.
Todd, I love you man, but your point on Michael Martinez is wrong. In the NL all 25 roster spots matter. I could understand the purpose of Martinez if the Phils didn’t have Wilson Valdez, but they do, so Martinez is pointless.
You mentioned all those other guys as not hurting the team, but Martinez is worse than all of them. OPS is more telling than batting average and Martinez is lower than all of the players you mentioned. OPS 2010 Dobbs- .583, 2009 Stairs- .735, 2009 Bruntlett- .462, 2008 Taguchi- .580, 2011 Martinez- .457.
He’s versatile, that’s it. He is 28 years old with 5 minor league seasons under his belt and a .263 average and .683 OPS.
The Phils pitchers deserve better pinch hit options.
*Here's some memories of the 1993 World Series I contributed to the site Philly Sports History.