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Mr. Lopez at third still a work in progress

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Feb. 24, 2010 at 10:37 am with 11 Comments »
February 24, 2010 10:37 am

To  be fair, Jose Lopez hasn’t had much time to deal with being asked to move from second base to third – and few big league players like moving.

Jose Lopez

Lopez came up,  remember, as the Seattle Mariners shortstop of the future, and was summarily shoved over to second when it became clear he had limited range. Now, he’s on the move again.

Yes, he’s a bit sensitive. And yes, in drills today he didn’t look like a man who’s heart was in it while taking grounders at third base.

The Mariners understand and will give the experiment, which has Chone Figgins at second base, time. In time, Lopez may come to understand his future with the club isn’t at second – so he might want to embrace third with more passion.

At the moment, he’s dropping as many balls as he is catching. Once the sting of moving fades, Lopez may look like a big league player again in the field.

One can hope.

Leave a comment Comments → 11
  1. He has trouble,catching grounder`s at second base!
    Now you think he`ll be better moving him further in?
    good luck on that!!

  2. Skysport says:

    Nobody discovered that Lopez had limited range until he actually got to the Majors? Ouch. You’d think somewhere along the way somebody in the M’s system would have said “Uh, little problem here with our shortstop of the future….”

  3. footballscaa says:

    If he won’t play hard at 3rd, trade him. Before the season starts. The M’s have wasted too much time trying not to hurt his feelings. And with every ground ball he can’t reach, with every throw he flubs, who’s feelings get hurt then? He’s a major league ballplayer. If he won’t do as asked and do his best, trade him. Now.

  4. wabubba67 says:

    He’s not worth much in a trade right now with a low OBP percentage.

    Imagine it must be hard to field groundballs at third if he is also tripping over his lower lip.

  5. Larry Larue says:

    foot – if the mariners could have traded lopez this off-season, they wouldn’t be trying him at third base. 29 teams passed. lopez’s defense, on-base percentage and one-dimensional hitting – he pulls the ball or doesn’t hit it – has made him a player no one covets.

  6. AKCHAWKER says:

    Larry-One has to wonder why the Cubs didin’t ask for or the M’s didn’t offer Lopy in the deal that sent Silva packing…. Non the less, is this the last over-valued piece of the Bavasi puzzle left? Don’t get me wrong, there have been a few times that I thought Lopy was getting it. But, I thought Yuni was getting it too and he didn’t….

  7. stevenrey says:

    I think the experiment has gone on long enough. He needs to produce in some way,shape or form. We might as well be training our “third baseman of the future” else. When the season starts and he finds himself sitting on the bench with no teams interested in him, he might reevaluate his career and improve his desire to be a productive team member. A lot of guys like him come and go. I think the Ms have invested enough time on this one and there’s folks in camp that want a shot.

  8. This one confuses me………. going from the best defensive 3b in the league to the worst…….?

    Is d at 2b considered much more important then at 3b?

    I thought the main reason for getting Figgins despite his lack of power was because there wouldn’t be much of a drop off defensively at 3b?

    Perhaps we should look at Lopez at dh & Tui at 3b.

    And if Lopez doesn’t like it……. isn’t he gone after this year anyway?

  9. Larry Larue says:

    moo – up the middle defense is considered the most imporant, but if jose can’t play third, he’ll be back at second base.

  10. footballscaa says:

    Ack. I’m not sure Bavasi can be blamed for Lopez. Kennedy murder cover up and moon landing hoax, yes. Lopez, not so much. Maybe the Storm can use him as a mascot.

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