UZR. Defensive Runs Saved. Ehh.
Yeah, I guess Brendan Ryan is a good defensive short stop. He makes supposedly difficult plays look routine, he makes routine plays look like he’s doing them in his sleep, WHATEVER. I don’t care. First of all, he’s not the greatest short stop ever, okay? Hell, he’s not even the best short stop the Mariners have had on their roster! When was the last time you saw him dive all the way to his right, then hop up and throw a runner out at first? He doesn’t make AMAZING plays. He’s not Little O, okay?
There are better short stops out there than Brendan Ryan. Better players who also – news flash – have the ability to hit above .140! I know, it’s a shock to us all, but there are guys out there. There are guys out there in Triple-A, Double-A, fuck, probably even in Single-A RIGHT NOW who could do what Brendan Ryan does with the glove while also batting better than .140.
There are also guys on this team right now. Guys like Kyle Seager. You’re telling me a guy who is a natural second baseman (so he has to range far to both sides of his body for balls), who has been getting the bulk of his playing time at third base (a position further away from the first base bag than short stop), he can’t play short stop for this team? Really.
He might not bring the flash and sizzle that Brendan Ryan has with his glove, but I’m willing to bet that Seager would be more than capable out there. He’s not going to switch to short stop and immediately turn into Russ Davis for Christ’s sake! Put him out there! Give Liddi some time to blossom and let’s do this thing!
I’m getting REALLY sick and tired of seeing batting averages below the Mendoza Line. This shit has to end someway, somehow. Getting rid of Brendan Ryan is a start.