This is my first diary so wish me luck. There was recently a diary posted talking about playing Scutaro instead of Crosby. I'm tired of all the Crosby hate I keep reading from posters, he's a great player and deserves more respect then he's getting.
I have this sneaking suspicion that if Chavez hits 40 to 45 homers this year Crosby will turn into the new "Chavez" as far as hitters that the fans expect too much out of. Does Crosby have the potential to have a few .300/40HR seasons with gold gloves in his career? Yes, but it wont happen right away. I think if we go into each season just expecting improvement he will get there eventually. If Crosby hits .290/25HR this year he will have had a good year. It wont be what the fans want, and people will complain he doesn't belong in the "3-hole" because he doesn't put up enough offence or has issues with RISP but he'll get there. By putting Crosby in the "3-hole" now the A's are training him to be "that" player.
As for Scoot, he's a great player, but he's more of a "Crosby lite." He's a good hitter but will never have the power numbers Crosby will. He plays good defense but will never have Crosby's speed or arm. I really can't understand why people would want to see him in a game instead of Crosby any time except in a tie game at the tenth inning. I feel people are choosing Scutero over Crosby, not because Scutaro is the better player, but because Crosby isn't living up to the expectations that Tejada set when he left.
And lets face it, if Chavez stays hot and passes the 40 home run mark with a gold glove, Crosby can hit 20 homers with gold glove defense "calibur" defence, and Tejada has another decline year with 30 homers or so, then letting Tejada walk for Crosby looks like genius. Tejada will never get a gold glove at shortstop, but Chavez has 5 at third and Crosby will be in the running if he stays healthy the whole year. Both will can have great offensive numbers which is a premium with that kind of defence. (The Yanks pay A-Rod 25 million for a reason.) If we had converted Crosby to second who would we have at third? No one above league average, so I think we need to stop expecting Crosby to be Miguel Tejada at this point and see him for what he is...a developing player that can be something great in a year or two.