Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Why Shawn Green should be Replaced

Shawn Green is 34 years old and on the downside of his career. Since 2004 Green is averaging less RBIs, Batting Average, Home Runs, Runs, and Walks. Green has also done poorly as a Met in his short stay; .257 avg. and 15 RBIs in 34 games. This Spring Training Green has started extremely slow with 1 walk, 3 strikeouts, and 0 hits in 13 at bats. I know it’s only the beginning of spring training but let’s be realistic, how much can the Mets really expect out of Shawn Green this Season. His bat is worse, he's slow, and not very adept in the field. That is why I am predicting this is the year for Lastings Milledge.

Lastings Milledge hype has cooled down but I’m still high on it. Although Milledge did not perform as expected last year there should be no concern. He was 21 years old and a rookie in the Big Leagues. This year he realizes that he needs to step up.

People have said that Milledge drops his shoulder and swings under the ball. That is somewhat true. He does have a habit of upper cutting. But an upper cutting Lastings Milledge is more valuable than an aging Shawn Green. Lastings Milledge would most likely put up better numbers or at least similar numbers to Green. On top of his hitting Milledge is much more defensively sound with a superior arm and speed. In the process Milledge could also mature and possibly become the player he is destined to be. If that doesn’t work out the Mets could always just trade him .

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