Mariners Analysis

Monday, March 02, 2009

Griffey and the DH position

We know it's best if Griffey DH's. We know Griffey doesn't want to DH, and doesn't hide his desire to play the field as much as possible.

What's a first time manager and GM to do?

Cave in and let him play the field more than he should. The team will use every iced knee, every long plane ride it can to put him in the DH spot, but every press conference, every post-game analysis will include the topic of Griffey and LF. Two opposing positions, one inevitable outcome.

I wish I had more faith in the new regime, but honestly I think they have to bite the bullet and play to pander the fans and try to buy time. They'll put Griffey in the field more than he should and eventually he'll get hurt.

It's not being negative, it's just being realistic. Griffey should play the field no more than once a week. Griffey will play the field 3+ time a week and he won't make it through the season without breaking down. It's as obvious as the sun coming up.