DocMilo, on 30 April 2012 - 10:13 AM, said:
.187 .238 .320
That is Smoak's line at the moment. How long until it's determined that he needs to go to Tacoma and right the ship? There is nothing I would like to see more than Smoak hitting, but there is work that needs to be done and I think Liddi is showing that he deserves his shot.
Smoak's situation is a tough one. Certainly Wedge has to consider his boss's (Jack Zduriencik) prestige when making decision on how he handles Justin. I'm not saying Wedge's handling is dicatated by Jack, just that Wedge would definitely be sensitive to the implications of a possible demotion. While it's possible that Z and Wedge are in constant consultation on the subject, that may not be the case. But I can certainly see how his poor start to the season would bring matter to a head sooner rather than later.
Is a demotion warranted? Boy, absent these complicating factors you gotta believe it might be. It's clear that Smoak has not been and is not now an immediate impact player the way we hoped. It remains to be seen whether he can make the adjustments necessary to create and sustain the status of impact bat. It sure looked like it early last year, but once the league figured out how to pitch him he just hasn't adjusted.
As you suggest, Doc, the Mariners are not without options at first base. If it turns out Justin is a bust, Liddi very well might be an acceptable solution. The thing is, Liddi has still to prove his lasting value as well. At this time last year it was Smoak who was the rage. The good news is that we no longer need any one young player to come through. But we do need three or four of them to become impact bats and a couple of more to be at least league average.
It's funny, but even Dustin Ackley has not been immune from underperforming his promise. We want the youth to succeed so badly because the M's have staked the season on them. And like most young players, their performance blows hot and cold with long stretches of frustration. We might have to wait a year or two more than we had hoped before we see the full fruit of our team's transformation.
Anyway, all this said. I hear ya.
This post has been edited by DaddyO: 30 April 2012 - 12:26 PM