Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Rowand's Meteoric Demise
“Aaron Rowand? As sad hitting eighth as he is hitting first (man, when a guy is going that miserably, wouldn’t you think to just ditch that whole goofy pre-AB routine and that absurd lean-back batting stance?)”
For Bruce Bochy to continue to even consider batting Aaron Rowand leadoff is beyond comprehension, it’s downright criminal. There are very many things to like about Bruce Bochy. He appears to have complete control of his clubhouse and the players like playing for him. He also seems to keep everyone on an even keel, not getting too excited when it’s going exceedingly good, or overwhelmingly bad. But the fact that he continues to use Rowand as a leadoff hitter, based on one hot month of hitting in that spot in 2009, is infuriating.
So what’s he good for? It wouldn’t be fair to say that he’s completely useless. Rowand is still an average to slightly above average center fielder. The problem is that center fielders that can’t hit at all need to be extraordinary fielders. The only thing Rowand is extraordinary at is burning the eyes out of my skull every single time he steps into the batters box. At age 33, the chances of things improving from here seem unlikely. Many players simply won’t age the way many players had been aging 10 years ago, you know, when they were juicing. If I were Sabean, I’d trade Rowand for a roll of quarters and go do my whites.