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Monday, February 16, 2009
Switching VaritekTony Massrotti talks to Jason Varitek about the possibility of ditching the switch and hitting only right-handed:
"Oh my goodness. Hell, no," Varitek said this morning at the Red Sox' spring training complex. "Have you ever all of a sudden tried to hit right-on-right when you haven't done it in 15 years? . . . I've heard that offered a few different times whether [it was suggested] in the media or whatever, but it's ludicrous."
Yeah, having him bat righty against righthanders is probably a bad move. A much better one -- also probably not discussed, at least in Varitek's presence -- is to treat him as a backup catcher/pinch hitter in which he only faces lefties.
But even that's probably dumb. Though in recent years he has certainly tended to hit lefties better, last year was probably his most pronounced split. In some previous years he actually hit slightly better against righties, even doing so for several straight seasons when he was younger.
My guess is that what ails Jason Varitek is the sort of thing that can only be fixed with either severely limiting his playing time or via the purchase of a time machine, not by futzing with his switch hitting.
(Thanks to Zach Sanders for the heads up)
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 3:00pm
Harkening back about the “Incentives” blog of a week ago Theo should have developed an incentive to plant the seed of change into his head. Something along the lines of - we’ll pay you an addition $500,000 for every 100 at bats from the right side.
Better yet - can a disincentive be place in a contract? For example - for every 0-0 day from the left side you return 1/2 of your pay for the day (not even attempting the math after Craig’s little fiasco last week).
I know the PA and Boras would never allow a disincentive clause to exist but wouldn’t it be awesome if in the next CBA such an animal was allowed to live. I can only imagine some of the disincentive triggers GM would like to put into contracts.
Posted 02/16 at 04:24 PM