Back when the A’s were making the playoffs the team always had some good hit no field players. Players like No slide Giambi, Stairs, and Thomas were the norm. However in recent years the teams has gone with good Defensive position players such as Coco and Dejesus. The last two seasons have proven this strategy ineffective, boring, frustrating, and terrible for attendance.
Let me point out two players were they have this Defense thing wrong. Cardenas a 23 year old infielder who plays third and is currently batting .358 with an ops of .873. I don’t care if his fielding is worse than a college player he should be the starter at third. But the A’s say he is not ready because of defense?
The Second player I want to highlight is Brett Wallace who is having a monster season with Houston this year. Batting .388 with a .982 ops this guy doubles Kouz in obp I think his lack of defense could be compensated for with all these extra hits. This guy should have been named the starting at 3rd last season and we would not have this hole their right now. However the A’s made a terrible trade and now we are stuck with Kouz. I do realize he plays first on Houston but the A’s have MR. Walk at first.
Billy has the same problem that many fans have when he looks at a roster. He evaluates them as individual players instead of as a unit. Every position player outside of Willingham can be described as good fielding with a decent bat. This creates this current lack of hitting and puts the A’s on the path toward another .500 season. Please Billy bring up a bat and don’t give us any more excuses about defense.