Monday, February 28, 2005

What's with this "clearing the air" nonsense?

I read it. I just don't believe it.

Milton Bradley and former Brave (and current scurvy dog) J.D. Drew have apparently decided to "clear the air" regarding their impending battle for the center field position in Los Angeles. Both have said they want to do "what's best for the team" and allow everyone to "fulfill his potential". Blah, blah, blah...

Drew wants to play center. He'd been blocked in St. Louis by Jim "I like pain" Edmonds and in Atlanta by Andruw "Plate discipline is for girls" Jones. I'm under the impression that he fully expected to take the CF position when he signed with the Dodgers.

Milton Bradley played center for much of last season, until he had to shift to right for Steve Finley. I don't believe he wants to shift again to accommodate yet another guy.

The bad thing is- both guys are more than capable of manning the position. So, how does one go about determining who gets the nod? Manager Jim Tracy can talk, plan, placate, and coddle all he wants- at the end of the day, one of the two is not going to be happy. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the solution is simple, Jim: feel free to use it.

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