Mike Hargrove thought about it, as did John McLaren and Jim Riggleman but Don Wakamatsu has done it – and for the fourth consecutive game, Yuniesky Betancourt is on the bench.
A message? More than that, Betancourt is being shown the team can play solid baseball without him.
Listening never worked. Virtually every big-league manager he’s had – and Wakamatsu is his fourth – has told him what the issues are.
A lack of focus during games at shortstop. A lack of work before games. The tendency to chase bad pitches, no matter what count they come in.
The message here isn’t just for Betancourt – it’s for the entire roster, the whole organization. And it’s simple.
Do what we ask, the way we teach it, or someone else will get your playing time. Someone who listens.
It’s been received, loud and clear, by everyone but Yuni.
Russell Branyan 1B
Adrian Beltre 3B
Ken Griffey Jr. DH
Jose Lopez 2B
Endy Chavez LF
Ronny Cedeno SS
Jamie Burke C
Franklin Gutierrez CF