This is not exactly what I was saying, because this makes no sense. He is the manager. If he wants to play a player more who is on his roster, he should just do it. He doesn't need the GM to get rid of the player who will be losing playing time first. Still, it'll be good to see Lavarnway get more time behind the plate. With his offense and the fact that his defense has gone from the scouting world thinking he had no shot of his sticking at catcher to his winning Best Defensive Catcher for the IL in BA's minor league tools report this year (information acquired secondhand through SoxProspects landing page as the original article is behind a paywall), he's become a very exciting prospect.
Wow! That is a huge props to this organization, which has been criticized a lot (justifiably) lately. Put that one in the "Future is bright, glass half full" thread.
Also, can we cool it with the BV criticism just this once. Shoppach was already bitching about getting too little playing time behind Salty. I can only imagine what would have transpired if he was told to sit behind both Salty and Lavarnway. This isn't the case of Kevin Youkilis, where it seems like maybe you can claim that BV's caustic personality let to an ill-timed trade, it's a career backup catcher having a career year. If anything, it seems like Ben C should have moved Shoppach anytime between the all-star break and the trade deadline, and called up the player his manager wanted all along.
Once again, Ben C seems unable to get over the fact that the Team President and Owner decided not to hire a rookie manager to run a $180 million team with such strong personalities that they drove Francona to quit before he was fired.
Edited by Plympton91, 14 August 2012 - 03:15 PM.