“He’s going to catch and not be a total DH. And he can play first base to give Miguel (Cabrera) a night off to DH. And this guy is one of the more professional hitters in baseball.”
Here’s what Dave Dombrowski suggested when they signed Martinez:
Dombrowski envisioned Martinez catching “two or three days a week” with Avila being the No. 1 catcher, but allowed that “circumstances will dictate” that arrangement.
Martinez caught a total of 26 games in 2011.
The above quotes were culled from this piece on MLive.com. (It took me awhile to find it.)
They’re insisting that both will be playing the field semi-regularly.
It’s offensive (defensive?) that the Tigers are consciously putting up the pretense of Cabrera moving to third base in favor of Fielder.
Do the Tigers have a born-in DH apart from Cabrera and Fielder to make it so ironclad that both players have to play defense?
Martinez is out for the season. If he manages to come back before 2013, it’ll be very late in the 2012 season, so why come up with this silly and hardheaded nonsense from manager Jim Leyland that they’re not only going to play Cabrera at third, but won’t remove him for defense late in games?
What are they trying to prove?
If they had Martinez playing in 2012, I’d see this as being at least viable that they’re going to try to play Cabrera at third and see if they can get away with it, but they don’t. In fact, it was the injury to Martinez that spurred the signing of Fielder.
What’s the point other than to be contrary and not step on Cabrera’s toes by making it appear as if he’s being usurped from his position for another player?
I can guarantee you this: if Cabrera shows up as heavy as he was last season and Leyland sees that Cabrera is a statue, he’s not going to play him at third.
He’s probably not going to play him at third anyway.
Here’s what’s going to happen: Cabrera will play a few games at third base, but they’ll be around the same number of games that the “catcher” they acquired before 2011—Martinez—played behind the plate. That number, again, was 26. Other than that, he and Fielder will DH.
Then, after the season, they’ll look to trade Martinez.
Miguel Cabrera is not going to be the Tigers everyday third baseman.
I just can’t decide what’s dumber: believing it or saying it to begin with.
It’s probably a tie.