When the Cubs traded Kosuke Fukudome, the idea was that the Cubs were finally going to find out about Tyler Colvin. Apparently, Mike Quade didn't get the memo and thinks it's time to find out about the 34 year old Reed Johnson. Quade thinks Colvin should have to "earn" his playing time. I'm not against players having to earn jobs, but you have to give them a chance to succeed --or fail --without them having to look over their shoulder for every bad game or play.
Here is Quade's explanation...
"We're committed to finding out about Colvin. He's going to get opportunities. It's going to be up to him to keep them. … Given the bench and the way we're working things, I think it works out just fine. Last year he did that as well. But I think right now for me, if I'm going to keep everybody involved and try and keep people fresh and everything else, I'm going to take advantage of a Reed Johnson, and spot Colvin."
Perhaps the Cubs should make Mike Quade earn his managing time. That would be really interesting to me. Quade outmaneuvered at the end of the game yet again? Perhaps we should sit him down and watch bench coach Pat Listach manage for a couple of games. Misused the bullpen? Maybe we should see what bullpen coach Lester Strode can do for a game or two. And maybe Quade should sit whenever he has to go against a tough manager like Tony LaRussa and let a guy with more experience handle the job.
Of course it is. But is it any less ridiculous to bring up a kid and then judge him on such a small sample size instead of just simply letting him play? If he goes into a three game 0-12 slump, does that mean he loses his opportunity in favor of a career backup with no future with the team? Don't get me wrong, I love Reed Johnson but he's 34 and he's not a starter. And the Cubs aren't going anywhere this season. Why does he suddenly need to play so much for the last two months of the season when the Cubs should be finding out about who can play for 2012 and beyond? Will the same rules apply to Brett Jackson and Matt Szczur when they are called up someday?
Thankfully, Quade shouldn't be around that long.
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