I have been an A's fan my whole life, never switching allegiances despite logistical barriers because I identified with the philosophy and story of the organization...but I'm having my doubts now. Our organization seems to know nothing about developing hitters, at least without the help of steroids...
I certainly wouldn't claim to be anything more than a casual A's fan at this point because the organization really irks me right now. Hindsight is 20/20, but virtually all of the most respected and knowledgeable ANers were dead certain that the Holliday deal was a mistake and wow was it ever...if we had Carlos Gonzalez in our lineup right now who knows where we would be.
Mistakes happen, the A's broke stride and made one, I can forgive them for that, but it appears our scouting ability on hitters has been fundamentally flawed for quite some time now, we just cannot draft them and even when we acquire them we seem to use, abuse, and throw away.
The latest such mistake is the ridiculous platooning of one Rajai Davis, please destroy me and explain to me what Im not seeing and restore my faith:
I know Rajai Davis is not Carlos Gonzalez and never will be. I know what he did last year was probably his peak level of performance and then some. I know many of you will think Im writing this because of his huge game yesterday....but why the *#*@ would the organization not play this guy every single day when we have no potential super-stars to put out there in his place AND for a team that has been a seller the last few years why oh why would we sit a player that if he were to perform would be an extremely valuable trade piece, relative to our other outfielders at least.
Even though I understand full-well the limitations of speed versus power, certain teams still appear not to so there must be PLENTY of teams out there would want a top caliber speedster in their lineup if he were performing pretty well, and he is not that far off from doing so. Regardless of his actual contribution I would argue that a "hot" Rajai Davis would be a more valuable trade chip than any of our other junk outfielders...so why oh why would we not put him out there every single day?
Playing everyday is paramount to the success of some types of athletes and Rajai is definitely one of those guys. I think many of us are hoping and believing he will be played everyday from here on out, but I still have my doubts. Id rather throw Rajai out there even hitting .220 with no walks just to see if he can click because if he does then at least we would have something. No one is going to want Crisp, Gross...while Sweeney is in the same boat as Davis - at least they put him out there everyday.