Your new first baseman…

Papelbon loses something other than the game
Cops blocking the Yankee Stadium subway exits

Based on this post by Peter Abraham, I have to believe that Doug Mientkiewicz is the starting first baseman going forward. Last night, he put on a show at first base and went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Torre loves the defense at first. So, for better or worse, at this point, it’s Dougie’s job to lose.

Papelbon loses something other than the game
Cops blocking the Yankee Stadium subway exits
  • Mike A.

    Mink was unbelievable last night. He saved no less than 3 hits, and chipped in 2 of his own. That game goes in the loss column without him.

    And another thing, Joe Torre did a masterful job managing last night. He gets dumped on alot because of his bonehead bullpen moves, but he completely outmanaged Francona yesterday.

    Boston’s record says they’re the best team in baseball, but I think everyone knows that they’re the best in name only.

  • mike n.

    I guess that means the odd man out would be Matsui?

    Damon in LF, Giambi at 1B and Matsui rides the pine…

    Godzilla has been hurting so I guess that makes some sense.

  • Wordekemper = Wizard

    I can’t argue with it.
    Giambi is DH with Matsui and Damon rotating through. What reason would Torre have to put Giambi at first anymore, besides Dougie experiencing a lack of feeling it at the plate? This spells fewer games for one of those guys at least.
    Does the Boston Child Depresser, Shelley D, become less useful in this scenario, or is he mainly Abreu’s backup anyway?

  • Lil Jimmy Norden

    Im fine with Minky at first. He was great.

  • Count Zero

    Mink was definitely a big hero last night — I can’t argue with that.

    However, I’m not feeling a permanent parking spot at 1B is either deserved or wise just yet…for all the reasons that have been there all year.

    1) Say what you will about Melky but the Mink’s ’07 line is .235/.297/.379. That .676 OPS makes Melky look like a powerhouse at .744 (And before anybody gives me the “small sample size” line, his career OPS is only .750)
    2) In general, 1B is the least important defensive position on the field.

    He’s gonna’ have to actually hit for the rest of the month before I’m willing to hand him the job full-time in the PS. I would actually argue that I would rather see Slam Duncan there against a lefty…or at least Giambi.

    But the truth of the matter is that all of our options are pretty sucky right now. And because of that, I am willing to give him a shot at playing himself onto the roster…but he’s not a shoe-in in anybody’s mind except JT’s. And while I do give credit to JT for a NoMaas anti-monkey last night, I remain leery of him screwing up the PS roster with the likes of Ron Villone and the “gritty veteran” Mientkiewicz.

    • Barry

      you are an ass, the first basemen gets more action than any other position player besides the pitcher and the catcher. How can you say that first is the least important its where a majority of the games plays are decided.
      you are an ass

      • Ben K.

        Watch it with the name-calling, Barry. There’s a difference between disagreeing with someone and lowering the discourse. There’s no need for that here.

  • Wordewizard

    After Villone’s act the other night, I have to hope it’s over. But then again, Henn is not worthy of the limbo of bullpen warmups right now. This opens a bad door. A bad bad door.

  • Marsha

    Let’s not forget Giambi’s less than stellar appearance at 1st on Saturday.

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