Friday, January 21, 2022

Newsletter Excerpt, January 21, 2022 -- "Random Player Comments, Cont'd"

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"Chicken or the egg? Was Nick Senzel always going to have his career ruined by injuries, or was constantly being asked to learn new positions a spur for those injuries? It’s both, to be sure, but I’ll always wonder what Senzel’s career would have looked like had the Reds not moved him around every time they got distracted by a shiny object. Or Scooter Gennett. Senzel is now 26 (baseball 27 this year) with a .246/.308/.396 line -- negative bWAR -- in 163 games. He’s a bad outfielder by any measure, but there’s no spot on the infield for him to play. He needs a mercy trade."