Richie Sexson is a power hitter with resume – 278 home runs, 944 RBI – who has at least temporarily misplaced the ability to produce runs from the cleanup position.
Not surprisingly, it’s hurting the Seattle Mariners.
A good part of managing is putting players in the right position, and it’s hard to argue that Sexson began the season as a viable candidate to bath fourth. Right now though, it would be hard to put a less productive hitter there.
Sexson may rebound – he certainly did in 2006.
In the meantime, the team needs to make a change, temporary or not.
None of this makes Sexson a bad guy, nor does it lay the blame for losses at his feet. Cleanup men can make a difference, but they don’t pitch. Seattle may not have a classic cleanup man, but they have to put someone in that slot that hits.
Platoon depending upon the numbers against a starting pitcher. Flip coins if necessary.
But move Richie now, for his sake and the sanity of fans.