it's funny what 4 ST home runs will do for your standing in the eyes of the fans.
3 months ago, Kearns wasn't even in consideration for anything important by anyone on this forum.
now all of a sudden we are back to predicting a magical "breakout "season" just like we were in 2007 and 2008. NOTLD is ranting in all caps about how he's the second coming, and everyone is teasing AZ/Pebbleball because Dukes isn't starting and blah blah blah whatever.
Kearns will be gone in a month and a half. either traded, or benched. book it.
Manny is playing favorites, and that is all there is to it. That much is evident. otherwise, Milledge would not be the Cfer, and Cabrera would not be in our rotation.
Kearns can play Center Field. He's done it before for us, and he's better than Milledge at it. If Manny is not playing favorites and simply PLAYING WHO IS HOT RIGHT NOW, as NOTLD says, then Kearns plays Center, Willingham plays RF, Dukes and Milledge rot on the bench.
eagleskins' racist attitude notwithstanding, that's how it SHOULD be, *if* we are GOING WITH WHO IS HOT RIGHT NOW (period.). but it isn't.
so enjoy your jokes at Pebbleball and AZ's expense, because that is really the only quality enjoyment that you are going to get out of this. let's talk about this again at the end of May when Kearns is batting .240 and grounding out in clutch situations and all of you hate him again.
I'll gladly eat my words if Kearns manages to actually become something more than Austin Kearns, and indeed has that magical breakout season that we've been predicting for like 500 years running. That would mean that we have one of the best Hitting Coaches in baseball.
But I'm not holding my breath on it. and neither should you.
but for now, all hail Kearns, I guess. I'd prefer to have the best and most talented players on the field as much as possible, but it is what it is I suppose.