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Eric Wedge sits Dustin Ackley on his bobblehead day

May 25, 2012, 9:10 PM EST

Dustin Ackley AP

Tonight is Dustin Ackley bobblehead night at Safeco Field. However, Ackley isn’t playing. Manager Eric Wedge said he’s resting his second baseman, even though the Angels are throwing a right-hander.

Which is just plain stupid.

Ackley should be playing tonight regardless of the bobblehead matter. He’s a left-handed hitter who has hit righties far better than southpaws, so there’s certainly no good reason to rest him. He’s even 4-for-13 with a triple and a couple of RBI against Angels starter Ervin Santana, which is better than most of his teammates.

So those are the baseball reasons to put him in the lineup.

And there’s the other stuff, the stuff that a manager really shouldn’t think about when putting together a lineup, but that many of them would anyway, simply because they’re human.

I’m sure there are a whole bunch of 8- and 10-year-old kids out there whose favorite player is Dustin Ackley. Some of them live in Tacoma, Yakima, Vancouver or wherever and probably get to go to one or two games per year. This is the game their mom and/or dad took them to so that they could see their idol and get his bobblehead. And because Eric Wedge is a doodie head, they’re going to be half-disappointed.

  1. dondada10 - May 25, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    ” Manager Eric Wedge said he’s resting his second baseman, even though the Angels are throwing a right-hander.

    Which is just plain stupid.”

    Yes, in a vacuum. But in fairness, we don’t know the entirety of the context. It could be that Ackley is banged up and needs a day off, or perhaps he violated a team rule.

    Wedge isn’t exactly Casey Stengel, but it could very well be that we don’t know the whole story.

    • Matthew Pouliot - May 25, 2012 at 9:31 PM

      FWIW, Ackley was quoted on twitter as saying he’s fine physically.

      • dondada10 - May 25, 2012 at 9:45 PM

        That leaves stupidity and punishment as the potential explanations. If it is the latter, seems petty on Wedge’s part to do so on his bobble-head night.

      • IdahoMariner - May 25, 2012 at 10:44 PM

        Uh oh, someone is going yo get their twitter account yanked.

    • IdahoMariner - May 25, 2012 at 10:43 PM

      Wedge is just plain stupid.

  2. yankeesfanlen - May 25, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Awwww, that’s nothing At Busch during his retired number night, TLR pulled himself after the third speaker for a lefty.

    • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - May 25, 2012 at 9:33 PM

      Don’t forget the 3 gin and tonics he had waiting for him.

  3. randygnyc - May 26, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    Huh? Management thinks enough of ackley to honor him with a bobble head day and the manager benches him. I think Wedge owes his fan base an explanation. And of course, this may drive a “Wedge” between the players and the manager.

  4. jimmymfb - May 26, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    I watched this type of nonsense for years as a tribe fan. Wedge, over manager of the century. Just let ball players play ball turd.

  5. The Baseball Idiot - May 26, 2012 at 7:28 AM

    I would think a better question would be why is Dustin Ackley, a second-year player with 135 games, getting his own bobblehead already?

    Has the franchise really sunk to this level?

  6. rooney24 - May 26, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Sometimes things don’t work out for promotions. The Twins had a Ben Revere bat day this year and he was in the minors at the time. Unfortunate.

    But, if Ackley needed the day for rest, Wedge should have given him a different day for rest and played him on his bobblehead day.

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