March 10, 2006
From ESPN.com -
Watch out Bubba.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at March 10, 2006 12:25 PM
I bet you the error is much more important to Torre than his hitting. Let's face it. Bubba is going to be on the roster this season at the expense of much more viable options. He's a Joe guy.
Bubba can't get buy a break from you guys. Thompson's had 13 AB against ST pitching. Who are the other viable options that Bubba's been sapping playing time from?
hopbitters, it's funny, I'm usually the guy defending Joe or Cashman from the criticisms of Steve or JohnnyC, but in the case of Bubba I don't see a defense. Especially this year. With Damon aboard, the need for a center fielder late-inning fielding replacement is not there. Damon is durable; he basically plays every inning during a season. On the other hand, you have Sheff who by all accounts is nicked and bruised. It'd be nice to have a corner outfielder who has a decent history with the bat (Thompson has solid minor league numbers, better than Bubba's offensive output at that level). In regards to other players who the Yanks could have looked at if not for Bubba's unneccessary presence on the roster, you have Jeff Davanon who was a free agent, even Todd Hollandsworth had more to give the Yanks than Crosby. I could see an argument for having Bubba on your team last year, given Bernie being the starting center fielder and the tremendous lack of speed in the outfield. But this year it's time to move on. Bubba is an appealing player because he hustles and is named Bubba. But he doesn't help the Yanks in any way.