Wednesday, June 30, 2004
I gotta say, Keith Hernandez's on-line Q&A for MSG is quickly becoming one of my favorite weekly readings. Of particular note this week is Keith's response to a question regarding Art Howe's decision to take Mike Piazza out of close games when he's playing first base for a defensive replacement. I'll highlight the part I think is, well, interesting.
"Whether to take Piazza out of a game for defensive purposes or not?", that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler ...never mind. It depends on the game. The Mets really don't have a real first baseman on the team and Piazza has been inexplicably timid at first. If the game is close, put him behind the plate. But do the pitchers like throwing to him?