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Monday, January 13, 2014
And that’s your definition of a slow weekend in baseball. But I’m not posting it for its high news content. My thought is this: Moreland is an interesting player. He’s just about acceptable as a ML first baseman and a modest power hitter: 100 career OPS+, just below 1 WAR per season. You can’t call him a AAAA player, because aside from rehab he hasn’t been in the minors in years. You can’t call him a journeyman because he’s played for the same organization his whole career. (I tried calling him a journeyman in a comment last year and someone informed me that he was a veteran regular who should be able to write his own place in the lineup card or something like that.)
But in one of the older senses of “journeyman,” Moreland is exactly that: he has had to earn a job every season, beating out everybody from Chris Davis to Michael Young to Lance Berkman to Jeff Baker. And now his work is even more cut out for him, as he’s competing with Fielder, Choo, Rios, Michael Choice, and a cast of thousands. So what do we call players like that? Working stiffs? Incumbently challenged? I know some Primates have strong ideas about what to call Mitch Moreland, but let’s be nice.
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