Here’s a link to our front page today, it’s a pretty cool design with all of the slumping hitters.
Alright, before we get to the game thoughts, I thought I’d post a few notes and such since I didn’t have time to before the game started.
* John McLaren was even a little more candid about the situation with Wladimir Balentien and Jeff Clement, saying “they’ll be here sooner, than later.”
Here’s some more of his comments:
When asked if the decision comes down to service time, i.e. the “Super 2″ rule or waiting til May 7th for both players to fall under the service time to start their free agent clock a year sooner.
“None. I never heard the words to be honest with you.”
When and if the duo is called up, will they play every day or will they do what Adam Jones did last season?
“I think it’s a little different circumstances. They’ll play if we brought them up. Last year, we had three guys (Guillen, Ichiro and Ibanez) that were everyday players all of them having good years. We brought Adam up and out of necessity and just mixed him in whenever we could. It’s a little different now, we have guys that are struggling, if we bring them up we’re going to play them.”
On how long he can wait on some of the slumping guys?
“We’re monitoring it, we’ve talked about it. I’m trying to be fair to give people the benefit of the doubt, with that said we’ve got several guys around the .200 mark and they need to pick it up in a hurry. I’m not going to put a time frame on it.”
If the players that are struggling realize that they need to pick it up or be benched?
“They’re professionals and I think they realize it . I brought it up in the meeting the other day, I said ‘We’ve been very fair with you people. We want you to keep working hard. We haven’t lost confidence in you, but there will be a point when we think of other options. I think one month is a very fair yardstick to use and we’ve done that. We’re right at that now and they need to pick it up.