Should he stay or should he go?

In center field, that is.  A few days ago, Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan said that Josh Hamilton ” has got to go to right [field].”  OK.  I can see that as an option.  His reasoning seemed weird to me though:  “He’s too big to be a center fielder. It’s too demanding on him.”  Interesting.  Hamilton is a big guy – he looks more at home standing beside a first baseman than most MLB centerfielders, but he doesn’t really move like a guy who weighs 240 lbs.  He showed definite signs of wear last season at points, but with the pace he put up in his first full season in the majors, he might have worn down playing just about anywhere.

And now, Rangers GM Jon Daniels says the plan for Hamilton is staying basically the same.  He’ll be the team’s center fielder, and when he needs a bit of a break, he’ll head out to right or get a few games as the team’s DH.  We’ll see how many more times his position changes before spring training.


2 Responses to Should he stay or should he go?

  1. dayf says:

    What, you mean Andruw Jones won’t own center field in Arlington in ’09?

    Actually, Andruw weighs about 240 himself…

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