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Is A Puzzlement!
by Derek Smart
I probably shouldn't go looking for trouble like this, but sometimes my wicked side gets ahold of me, so I'm going to point out this quote from Dusty Baker, buried in a piece in today's Daily Herald:
We know what he can do. A veteran guy, you go on more what he’s done in the past, what he did last year...
Dusty's talking about Glendon Rusch, and why he told him not to worry about his poor spring performance leading up to his fine outing yesterday. Really, Baker was talking about how a few innings in Arizona don't mean much when compared to the weight of career accomplishments, and he's absolutely right. But then my question is, why isn't this standard applied to the roster in general?
It's a bit tiresome to continue beating the dead horse of the lackluster Cub bench, but in a sick way, I'm bothered less by the fact of some players' existence than I am by the intellectual inconsistency that their existence implies. Either a player's past performance counts for something or it doesn't, and when you say that it does, yet assemble the motley pine crew the Cubs have, then I think an explanation is owed.