Vidro entered Wednesday night’s game with a .213 batting average and a .571 on-base-plus-slugging percentage that makes him among the worst hitters in baseball. But the Mariners designated hitter came through in the fourth inning, lining a double to right field for his first extra-base hit since June 28 and only his fourth since May 24.
Mariners manager Jim Riggleman says he isn’t trying to use Vidro in a typical cleanup role, but to offer “protection” to No. 3 hitter Raul Ibanez against right-handed pitchers. The idea is that Vidro, historically a good contact hitter from both sides of the plate, would make teams think twice about walking Ibanez or pitching around him.
“I know his numbers aren’t as good this year,” Riggleman said. “But he’s still got that reputation that’ll make guys think about not giving Ibanez anything to hit.”
That news will not go over well with some fans, many of whom have expected to see Vidro released for some time now. Vidro entered the night hitting just .211 off righties and .222 off lefties.
Posted: July 10, 2008 at 10:56 AM | 71 comment(s)
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