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Instant Karma: Angel Pagan and John Harper

Mar 15, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

There’s nothing wrong pe se in John Harper’s Daily News column today. In fact, I’d probably rather see Fernando Martinez get the nod over Angel Pagan until Beltran comes back too. But he’s written enough dunderheaded stuff in his life that I got a chuckle out of this anyway.  The column:

The ball was hit to shallow center field, too shallow for a runner to score from third. Or so it seemed. However, Angel Pagan promptly showed again that his instincts for baseball never seem quite right, and offered reason to ask whether he should play center field in Carlos Beltran’s absence.

Today’s Mets-Cardinals game: Angel Pagan hit two-run, come-from-behind walk-off homer with one out in the ninth.

It proves virtually nothing, and Harper’s criticism of Pagan’s defense stands, but I like it simply because it illustrates how the model of writing in which a guy is bashed one day, and is made a hero the next day that seems so popular in the east coast tabloids really doesn’t lend itself to baseball.  The long view matters so much more in baseball than in any other sport, and we get so much less of the long view than we probably should.

  1. Aaron W. - Mar 15, 2010 at 8:42 PM

    Angel Pagan is just fine as a 5th OF on most teams in baseball. He provides a little pop, a little speed, and he can servicably cover all 3 OF positions. This said, Pagan should not be a starter on any team in baseball… not the perpetually rebulding Pirates, not the woefully underfunded Marlins, not the misguided Royals, and not the paltry & gutted Padres. Angel Pagan got opportunities in Chicago (until his play got him into the dog house) and in new York with the Mets. If the Mets skipper allows Pagan to start ahead of even a legitimate AA CF with good defense, he should be removed under armed escort (ala MacArthur) from the dugout. Most teams would be happy to carry Pagan as a #25, but I doubt most AAA teams would start him, especially in CF where his ‘instincts’ are often symonymous with confusion. Pinch run him, pinch hit him, but for goodness sakes, don’t start him. I’m a Cubs fan with a solid distaste for the Mets, but their fans deserve better.

  2. Todd - Mar 16, 2010 at 3:32 AM

    This has nothing to do with the post, but Craig, I need your help! I had subscribed to your feed for Circling the Bases before you moved fully from THT, and on a whim today finally decided to see if I could find a newer version (with the name change I figured there might be one) that included the full posts, not just the headlines. I found one, but it also included the other HBT writers. No offense to your colleagues here, but C is for Calcaterra, that’s good enough for me. But now I can’t find that old feed.
    So, the question: can you provide me with a feed that’s only your posts here?

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