Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Rest for the Weary
Jason Kendall may see more bench time this season. Kendall led the Majors with 149 starts last season at catcher. Skipper Ken Macha would like to have backup Mike Rivera start at least once every time through the rotation. He does not want Kendall slowing down at the end of the season.
I think this would be a great idea for the Brewers to put Rivera in the lineup more. Rivera is a solid catcher who should have seen more time last year, especially when Kendall's numbers started to drop off. Kendall won't be happy to see any bench time but that is Macha's decision. Rivera batted .306 with 14 RBI in 62 at-bats.
I am starting to love Macha who has already made a few decisions that I wanted to see done last year. Former manager Ned Yost was not a good coach, putting pitchers in at the wrong time and never really vocalizing with his players to tell them what they did wrong. Macha is a big step up because he is not afraid of displeasing his players and he adds some much needed toughness, exactly what this young team was lacking a year ago.
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