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The Mariners Need To Make A Small Change

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on May 18, 2007 at 3:37 pm with No Comments »
May 18, 2007 3:37 pm

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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.

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