That’s the rumor swirling around the NL roster debate today, anyway. Today, the line-ups were posted.
Charlie Manuel has made a few odd decisions, the only parts of which were redeemed by selecting decent players as fill-in for the injured players on the roster. Hong-Chih Kuo and Rafael Furcal were both selected to replace Jose Reyes and Jason Heyward respectively. They’ll join fellow Dodgers Andre Ethier and Jonathan Broxton, all four of whom were deserving this year, so Dodger fans have nothing to gripe about. However, the NL roster still features several questionable picks.
The ASG rosters were announced a couple weeks ago and the NL outfield featured three men who have no business playing center field: Ethier, Heyward and Ryan Braun. Heyward’s injury creates a hole in the outfield and with three center fielders on the bench (Chris Young, Michael Bourn and Marlon Byrd), you’d figure one of them would be bumped up to starting CF, but nope.
Ethier, if you don’t know, is one of the worst fielders in baseball. Worse than Manny Ramirez, worse than anybody else in right field in baseball, except Carlos Quentin, who splits his time between RF and DH. Ethier makes up for his fielding in RF with his bat, but that’d be questionable in CF.