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Platoon: A platoon is a military unit typically composed of two or more squads that typically consists of around 40 to 50 soldiers.
FAZtoon: A FAZtoon is a baseball team that substitutes a pretty good right handed hitter for a very good left handed hitter to reduce the number of runs scored against lefty pitchers and weaken the defense.
Baseball platoons “dates to at least 1914 and the Miracle Boston Braves, who started 26–40, then went 68–19 to win the National League pennant—in part because of manager George Stallings’s platooning of marginal talents. Platooning was a key part of Casey Stengel’s work with the Yankees dynasty in the 1950s. Earl Weaver, the greatest manager since Stengel, viewed platoons as part of his core philosophy: Focus on what players can do, rather than what they can’t. His leftfield platoon of John Lowenstein and Gary Roenicke is among the most famous in history”. Joe Sheehan, SI, August 26, 2013
Its not like platoons do not have merits. They do. See above.
The burn that exists with platoons is that usually one of the players is a fan favorite and while we all want the team to win, we also want to watch our favorite players play. If we were to have gone to a Lakers game back when they still played basketball and Magic Johnson did not play, would we have been disappointed even if the Lakers won that game? Do you want to go to the opera and watch the backup singer? Okay, that last one wasn’t a good example.
Here is my solution.
- Keep older veterans on the team for pinch hitting duties that have no expectation of playing defense–Manny Mota and Dave Hansen types. Gutierez could be like those and I wish he were limited to pinch hitting.
- Reduce the number of players that need to play defense and hit regularly to stay sharp and be happy.
- Trade for an everyday left fielder that hits from the right side and plays good defense. Who is that?
Here are the top left fielders for 2017 according to Mike Petriello, MLB.com Columnist.
1. Yoenis Cespedes, Mets (Shredder rank: 2)
2.Starling Marte, Pirates (Shredder rank: 3)
3. Ryan Braun, Brewers (Shredder rank: 1)
4. Justin Upton, Tigers (Shredder rank: 7)
5. Marcell Ozuna, Marlins
6. Alex Gordon, Royals
7. Kyle Schwarber, Cubs
8. Brett Gardner, Yankees (Shredder rank: 9)
We have heard some noise about Braun being traded to the Dodgers and we have all already put our two cents in on such a trade.
The player on that list that I think might be available and could play every day is Ozuna. A solid finish to 2015 helped predict a 2016 breakout, and that’s exactly what happened, as he hit .307/.360/.533 (137 wRC+) in the first half, starting for the National League All-Star team. Unfortunately, his second half of .209/.267/.342 (61 wRC+) was an unmitigated disaster, coming along with wrist and knee concerns. Ozuna only just turned 26, and the talent is clearly there. Can the consistency follow?
Ozuna will earn $3,500,000 in 2017 and is ARB eligible in 2018 and 2019. He is an unrestricted free agent after the 2019 season and his agent is Boras. Loria, the Marlins owner, doesn’t want players that have Boras as their agent and in the past has wanted to trade Ozuna. Loria is also trying to sell the team.
I think Toles and Ozuna are similar players that hit from opposite sides of the plate so I think Toles has to be part of a package for Ozuna. Toles is under team control through 2022 and won’t hit ARB 1 until the 2020 season. If the pot had to be sweetened, I would add Hatcher and Hernandez. If Miami wants more I will leave that problem to FAZ.
If the Dodgers wanted Braun, I would offer Puig and Kazmir and a pitching prospect. Verdugo will soon be ready to play right field. SVS could use more playing time if he stays on the team and the same goes for Thompson. — Bumsrap