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I’m Not Going to Miss Lugo

I was at the game on Friday. The Red Sox lost.  I swear I’m the only one on the planet this year who has seen more Red Sox losses than wins in Fenway this year.

Late in the game, Lugo came up lame and staggered over first. I confess a little bit of me (ok, a lot of me) was hopeful: Is this the injury that will remove him from the scene? The answer turned out to be a resounding yes: 4-6 weeks on the disabled list.  I know I shouldn’t wish ill on him, and I don’t, really.  I just want him gone.  I hope he recovers quickly and well (on another team’s payroll, thanks).

Francona has stuck with several players through long, long slumps. Some of that loyalty has been rewarded when the player came around. I would have been a lot less patient. If you ask me, Lugo has exhausted his chances:

  • .268 batting average (following up last year’s .237)
  • 1 home run (!)
  • 22 RBIs
  • projected for fewest extra base hits of his career
  • .139 with runners in scoring position

Is there anyone you’d rather see less in a key situation? Don’t forget his atrocious fielding – tied for most errors in the AL – and you have someone I don’t want on the roster.

Addition by subtraction. Bring on Jed Lowrie.


Comment from Wayne Pitcher
Time: July 17, 2008, 7:00 pm

I agree. I was disappointed when the signed him in the first place–a few years ago Houston released him because he beat his wife (though charges were never filed).

I’m amazed that PED usage is viewed as a worse crime than domestic violence. Maybe I shouldn’t be, but I am.

At any rate, there are worse shortstops than Lugo, but there are also better, cheaper shortstops out there.