because he is a superior defensive catcher and they are about a wash offensively.
I'll grant you that Nieves is better defensively.
Offensively, it's not even close to being a wash.
Nieves Career: .228/.271/.293
Bard Career: .266/.334/.393
Nieves 2009: .261/.303/.306
Bard 2009: .266/.345/.371
Nieves is a great back-up catcher option. But he's not a starter by any reasonable measurement. granted, Bard wouldn't be here if Flores was healthy, but now way Nieves should start every day. Nieves is the very definition of the "weak-hitting all defense" behcn player that you accuse Nyjer Morgan of being.
and anyway, while you are doing all this nagging about Nieves not starting, he's started 33 of our games. Bard has started 32. They are pretty much in a straight up 50/50 platoon. yet you are nagging and moaning as if Bard is starting 95% of the games and Nieves gets no playing time.
wtf is your problem?