Ichiro Suzuki’s manager allowed him to bat only once last night. He got on base. Another perfect night.
What does he have to do to get into the regular lineup?
- Beltran gets hurt? Girardi benches Ichiro.
- Ichiro is the team’s leading hitter? Girardi benches Ichiro.
- Ellsbury’s early-season success is clearly done? Girardi benches Ichiro.
- Soriano quickly approaching a .200 average? Girardi benches Ichiro?
You get the point.
What does Ichiro have to do to get into a lineup? You’d think his .360 average this year and his .320 lifetime average would make him a formidable offensive weapon on a team that is struggling a little right now. But no. Girardi continues to be the only manager in major league history who routinely benches his team’s leading hitter.
Why, Clueless Joe, why?