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Marlins’ cleanup hitter might be … Placido Polanco

Mar 25, 2013, 2:14 PM EST

Placido Polanco AP

Giancarlo Stanton is going to be pitched around a ton this season, so who the Marlins pick to bat behind him in the cleanup spot is an important decision. And first-year manager Mike Redmond told Joe Frisaro of MLB.com that he’s giving serious consideration to using Placido Polanco.

Yes, that Placido Polanco.

Polanco is 37 years old, hasn’t topped a .400 slugging percentage since 2008, hasn’t topped a .350 slugging percentage since 2010, and hasn’t topped 10 homers in a season since 2004. So why in the world would Redmond want him hitting fourth, behind Stanton?

I like Polanco hitting there. He gives you a veteran bat, a guy who puts the ball in play. He can hit behind runners, he can hit and run. He handles the bat well. He might be a nice fit behind Stanton. … If they’re going to pitch around him, at least we know we’ve got a guy who can put the ball in play, and he can drive in runs. Sure, it’s not going to be via a home run. It’s going to be a professional at-bat, and a guy who can keep the line moving.

The notion of doing a bunch of hit-and-runs with the 6-foot-6 Stanton on first base and Polanco at the plate is doubly odd and the idea that Polanco “can drive in runs” despite his lack of home run power is funny considering he’s driven in more than 70 runs once in 15 seasons.

It’s probably not worth being too hard on Redmond yet because he may not even end up using Polanco in the cleanup spot once the games actually start and it’s not like he has many other appealing options, but … yeah, not a good idea.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    It’s a clever ruse to increase his trade value.

    • Old Gator - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      Trade value? Is that like what a scrapyard pays you for your pig of steel when it finally gives up its ghost?

  2. Old Gator - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Congratulations to Placido Palanco – he worked hard for fifteen creditable seasons of big league baseball to wind up as the punchline to a Feesh joke.

    My condolences to Mike Redmond, who also worked hard for years to wind up managing this Anacharsis Klootz deputation of castoffs, has-beens, never-wases and wannabes for one of the most incompetent, dishonest, morally reprehensible ownerships in contemporary professional (and I use that term advisedly) sports.

    And most of all, whatever psychokinetic influence I can exert upon samsara to see the Iron Giant, free at last, playing up to his monstrous potential somewhere in his beloved California. It’s not that I want to lose him, but I sense the tears of the Bodhisattvas over his current situation and figure that, rather than watching him go to waste here, it might make my schedule of incarnations a bit shorter to effuse selfless vibes in wishing him to a better destiny.

    • Francisco (FC) - Mar 25, 2013 at 4:08 PM

      it might make my schedule of incarnations a bit shorter to effuse selfless vibes in wishing him to a better destiny.

      So doing terrible things in this life insures you’ll have to reincarnate to correct pass wrongs in the new one? Hopefully this means Loria is assured of several re-incarnations as a female Fruit Bat.

      • Old Gator - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        I think he would have to pass through coming back as a maggot and a dung beetle first.

      • Francisco (FC) - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:20 PM

        Sure I guess, but I think you should Google female fruit bat to understand the full ramifications of that reincarnation.

      • Old Gator - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:30 PM

        Heh, yeah, I knew about that, but Scrooge has apparently had a lot of practice at it already. Why else would Bud Light let him get away with all this crap?

  3. js20011041 - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Is this all part of a plan to have Stanton set the single season record for intentional walks?

    • Old Gator - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      No, they just don’t want him gnawing the rubber ends of the t-bar in the trainer’s room out of frustration when he comes in following another four-walk game.

  4. ezthinking - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    When there is one star on a team – the star doesn’t get pitched around.

    Check out the one “star” teams even last year. Josh Willingham got his pitches and jacks. Soriano – same. McCutchen – same. Go back from there. Bautista? Same-two years running in fact. Dunn – same.

    It’s a great theory, but with few guys on base and plenty of games out of hand early because of shitty pitching, managers want to know if their pitcher can get the guy out and pitchers want to get him out.

    The end of the day – Stanton hasn’t hit 40 ever. Not in the minors and not in the MLB. I think this season he will, but will have a hard time putting up 100 RBI – also something he has never done.

    He’s also only been healthy one season in his career. Stay healthy, hit 40+ and drive in 105. But being pitched around is not a concern.

    • pdowdy83 - Mar 25, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      Umm, I’m not sure if my addition is wrong or something but in 2010 he hit 21 homers in the minors and 22 in the majors. Put that together and I am pretty sure that equals 43 to go along with a combined 111 RBI. That would negate your statement that he hasn’t hit 40 ever. I also do not follow your statement that he has only been healthy for one season. In 2010 he played in 153 games. In 2011 he played in 150 games. In 2009 he played in 132 games in the minors which is the equivalent of a full season on the farms. Where are all of these seasons he has been injured?

      • ezthinking - Mar 25, 2013 at 4:46 PM

        Well, you got me. AA and MLB he hit 43 in a combined 153 games.

  5. negaduck - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    It’s fun seeing these cliches, usually reserved for justifying a bad hitter batting second, being used to justify a bad hitter batting fourth.

  6. Old Gator - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Polanco isn’t a bad hitter. Redmond simply views him as the least of all possible evils, given the quality of the lineup he has here. I would have batted Polanco third, the Iron Giant fourth and given Greg Dobbs a chance to protect the big guy, or, failing that, given Brantly a shot at the five spot. Ah well. None of Mike’s options are really very appetizing, unfortunately.

  7. moogro - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Mike Redmond should do his post-game interviews naked this year.

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