Jake Fox Sent Down, Aaron Miles Brought Up, Logic Flushed Down Toilet
Ok let me paint a picture for you. Stay with me here because things might get a little confusing. A major league baseball team has one of the hottest bats in the minors and a shitty, shitty hitting utility man on the big league squad. That team’s starting third basemen goes down with an injury and will be out indefinitely (I know they keep giving us dates for Rammy’s return, but I’m growing skeptical as it keeps getting pushed back). The shitty shitty hitting utility man then goes down as well. In response to those injuries, they bring up 2 sub-par offensive utility infielders from the minors. The team obviously struggles at the plate and decides to bring up the hot bat from the minors. Inexplicably, the team doesn’t give the hot bat many at-bats, but when they do, he wrecks the ball. Ok so here’s where things get really ridiculous. Remember the original shitty shitty hitting utility man? Well now he comes off the DL and instead of sending down one of those so-so utility guys they brought up to replace him, they send the hot bat down to the minors. Keep in mind, this team is averaging what seems like 1 run a game for the last month or so.
Did you follow all that? Let me fill in the blanks for you. The shitty utility guy is Aaron Miles, and the great hitter from the minors is Jake Fox. I mean based on that story, the logical thing to do when Miles comes back is to send down Andres Blanco or Bobby Scales, or maybe let Miles go altogether (or send him down, I’m not sure if they can do that though). Right? Right? Nope.
Coming from the team that kept Hoffpauir in the minors for about 3 years too long, and still keeps him on the bench far more than he should be, this should come as no surprise. Unfortunately the Cubs can ill-afford to play these games giving at-bats to seasoned veterans that can’t hit a grapefruit off a tee as opposed to young players that continue to tear the cover off the ball (see: Koyie Hill, Jake Fox, Micah Hoffpauir).
Of course none of this would matter if $39 million dollars (Lee, Bradley, and Soriano) would just start hitting. Until then, get Fox, Hoffpauir and Hill in the goddamn lineup.