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It's Time for Go-Go to Go

Posted at 6:05 PM on July 21, 2008 by David Zingler (6 Comments)

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Although many fans have developed an irrational attachment to him, Carlos Gomez is not a good baseball player right now. The 21-year-old is hitting a mediocre .250 with a horrible .285 on-base-percentage and a dreadful .349 slugging percentage. On the road it's even worse: .225/.258/.331.

While the centerfielder showed some speed and power early on, Gomez has not homered since June 6 and has stolen just 4 bases in 10 attempts since May 25. These awful numbers are compounded by the fact that he's a leadoff hitter. Yes, a leadoff hitter that has walked just 15 times against 98 strikeouts. Yikes!

Why is Gomez still the everyday centerfielder when the Twins have another, more productive player who can play that position, you ask? The answer is politics, plain and simple.

Gomez is only player in the big leagues who was acquired in the Johan Santana trade. The two starting pitchers, Phillip Humber and Kevin Mulvey, can't get Triple A hitters out and the other hurler, Deolis Guerra, is toiling at A ball. Even though Santana is underperforming this year, the trade looks like a complete disaster so far and sending Go-Go to Rochester would make it appear even worse.

I am by no means giving up on Gomez, he's still very young and very talented, but right now he's hurting the team. Let Denard Span play his natural position and hit leadoff, the Twins and Gomez (eventually) will be better off for it.

(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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Unwritten rules are made to be broken

Posted at 3:13 PM on July 21, 2008 by Steve Rudolph (2 Comments)

In hockey, "The Code" sometimes polices the game better than the officials. Unfortunately baseball's unwritten rules either need codifying or need to be chucked.

The latest incident involving the game's unwritten rules was on display Saturday when the Toronto pitcher Brandon League took offense to the Rays Dionner Navarro bunting for a single in the sixth inning with his team up 5-0.

League was ejected for hitting Navarro in his next at bat. Maybe if the league suspends him we can be done with these stupid rules. (It should be noted that the Jays had the tying run at the plate in the 9th making League's actions even more absurd.)

At what point during a perfect game is it no longer acceptable to bunt for a base hit?

Can you steal a base when your team is up by five runs?

If you ask me bunting and stealing are allowed in the rules and always acceptable.

We're talking about professional baseball players here, not little leaguers. If their feelings are hurt by a drubbing they should either stop the other team from scoring or give back their paychecks.

Do you agree with me or am I way off base here?

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