A rare but significant complaint...
Tonight marked the fourth time in the last five games that Matt Stairs got the start at first base over Justin Huber. This makes no sense whatsoever, and it's causing RC to rethink our support of Stairs being re-signed. Not because we don't like Stairs, or because we don't think he has anything to offer...we do, and he does. But we are now starting to worry that this will continue next season as well.
Look, the plan may very well be to send Huber to Omaha for a couple months at the beginning of next season. While we'd prefer to see him start in KC, having Huber get a little more time in the minors wouldn't hurt anything, and Stairs is more than capable of filling in until the Royals deem Huber to be ready. If that's the case, then playing Huber sparingly now makes a little more sense.
But if the Royals are planning to have Huber start 2006 in KC -- as we have been led to believe -- then playing Stairs four out of every five games right now is simply insane. Every at bat Stairs takes only lengthens the Major League learning curve for Huber, and it seems to be entirely counterproductive to what the Royals hope to accomplish. And our true worry is that the worst case scenario imaginable -- that Huber will be relegated to platoon duty with Stairs in 2006 -- now appears to be closer to reality.
We don't expect to find much disagreement with our readers on this point, but we felt we had to express this frustration. We still don't mind Chip Ambres not playing (because RC has also concluded that Ambres isn't very good), but seeing Huber on the bench night after night is really wearing thin on our patience. Moving on to better things...
And in that spirit, RC came across a cool graphic today while perusing the blogosphere:
If you're in the mood to see posters for other teams, check out the site we found it at, which can be accessed by clicking here.