Horray! It’s finally here.
I find it hard to believe that the Braves open the season with both Brian Jordan and Mike Remlinger on the roster. I liked both of these players five years ago, but they are no longer major league quality players. It bothers me that they made the team based on a few bright spots in spring training. I know that many fans have argued that Jurries and Devine can come up later, and Schuerholz still has money to spend, if things go wrong. I’m sorry, but that doesn’t excuse the decisions. Games lost in April count just as much as the ones in September. I think both players have the potential to do real damage to the team, and are certainly no better than they men they replace on the roster. It’s going to be a tight race this year, and I think the “opportunities” these guys receive could come back to endanger the streak.
In one sense, the Remlinger decision is defendable, because he is a lefty and Devine could use some triple-A seasoning, but couldn’t some of that money going to Remlinger ($700K) have gone to keeping Kyle Farnsworth? That’s where the mistake was made.
There is no defending the Jordan move. He was awful last year, he will be awful again this year. And please, don’t mention leadership. If Chipper, Andruw, and Smoltz can’t be leaders, then the team is in such serious trouble that Jordan isn’t going to help. Jurries is a perfect fit for this team. He’s got a fantastic bat and can play the outfield and infield corners for half the price of BJ.
But, for now, I’m going to be positive. I’m just happy to have baseball back. I’ll be rooting for the Braves hard this year, but I’m also going to keep an eye on the Orioles.