Author Topic: What if Christian Guzman doesn't want to play anymore?  (Read 2696 times)

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Offline PC

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Lest we have another thread devoted to Guzman, this one is a little different from the the others.

After ?watching? yesterday's performance, I'm starting to think that he just doesn't want to play baseball anymore.  If you look at his performance this season, you could make the argument that he's just lost the ability to play the game but you could also make the argument that he's lost the desire to play and that his play is that of someone who's displaying classic ?passive aggressive? behavoirs.  Look at his play from the position of him not wanting to play and resenting Frank Robinson and the organization for ?forcing? him to.

Look at last night's game specifically.  His offensive problems are already legendary but examine them from the position of not wanting to play the game anymore.  One at bat, in particular, in the 7th inning, he walks up to the plate after Brian Schneider had had a very long at bat.  Tim Hudson's pitch count was up.  Even if you're not going to get a hit, the objective should have been to make him throw a lot of pitches.  Instead, he swings at the first pitch and grounds out.  It could have just been a bad play on his part but it could have also been the actions of someone who resents the organization for ?making? him do something he doesn't want to, ie, play baseball.  From that perspective, he swung at the first pitch, with contempt, because he knew it would hurt the team, all the while appearing to be performing his job as expected.

And, at short stop in last night's game, failing to make defensive plays that should have, theoretically, been made also could be the actions of someone displaying passive aggressive behavior, looking as if he's performing his job, but not really.

He wants to continue to get paid, of course.  That's why he doesn't actually quit.  Instead, he's figuratively quit but continues to get paid, is what I maintain.

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Guzman won the lottery.  He gets $4 million per year and doesn't have to do anything to earn it.  :?

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There's one tiny hole in your logic about why he swings at the 1st pitch... Guzman's BA is almost 100 points higher when he swings at the first pitch, as opposed to any other count... As much as I want Guzman gone, from his perspective, it must be painfully embarrassing for him every time he steps up to the plate.

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It's really hard to believe this guy hit more triples than anybody else in the AL, THREE TIMES.

Man we could sure use a little bit of that once in a while.

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It didn't hurt his production playing on a cement floor with a rug over it in the Metrodome.  The balls roll past outfielders and they get through the infield alot faster than they do at RFK.  It would be interesting to know how many of those triples were on the road.

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Guzman - Triples history
« Reply #5: July 29, 2005, 01:31:49 PM »
Quote from: "Montcobaseball"
It didn't hurt his production playing on a cement floor with a rug over it in the Metrodome.  The balls roll past outfielders and they get through the infield alot faster than they do at RFK.  It would be interesting to know how many of those triples were on the road.


Ok, it took me awhile to figure out how to do this on the MLB site, but here goes:  Guzman's 58 triples, home and away, for the last 5 years in Minnesota:  

______H____A
2000__14__6
2001___7___7
2002___4___2
2003__11___3
2004___0___4
Total__36__22

Looks like to some extent he was taking advantage of the concrete, but not to a ridiculous extent.  Also, RFK is a very nice triples and doubles park, so no reason why he couldn't get big totals there if he would just hit the damn ball once in a while.