Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The Soriano situation

At first I didn't care about this, thinking it would be resolved soon, but it looks like we might be in for an unprecedented event here.

In case you don't know the details, here you go.

It begs the question: should a player have to move to a new position if the team wants him to?

This isn't about Soriano being able to play LF or not. It's about how much control a team should have over an individual's fate. He was traded, first of all, to another team. Now he may have to play in a place he doesn't like AND play a position he never has before.

And remember, this guy was a shortstop until he got to the bigs: Jeter pushed him out in NY and ARod in Texas.

But what if he feels his worth as a player will be diminished by playing LF. I'm sorry, but for once I find myself siding with the player. If he makes that move, will he ever be allowed to play 2B again? Will he be seen as a LF?

It reminds me of the discussion of being "labeled." Be it as a part-time player, a defensive liability, a bad guy, etc.

Soriano is trying to prevent that.

We'll see.


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