Friday, May 30, 2008

whoa . . . back up

Yesterday, Tony got more than a little red in the face defending his decision to keep Chris Duncan in the lineup, disputing media members' claims that the only reason Duncan hasn't been sent down thus far is Tony's relationship with Dave Duncan. He insisted that Chris has earned his spot in the lineup and that all decisions about who plays and who sits are based solely on performance. 

That being said, guess who got sent down to Memphis today? 

On the plus side, we'll finally get to see Joe Mather ("Mighty," as I've heard him called) in a big league game. 

It does make me wonder, though, why now? Tony is not the type to cave to the media. Nor is he the type to let such rumblings influence his management. But what other explanation could there be? Has he finally gone soft where the sports writers are concerned? 

And what's more, Bernie Miklasz of the Post-Dispatch was one of the first to even suggest that Duncan should be sent down. He clarified his point on the FSN pre-game show by explaining that maybe Chris needs some time to play every day and get things straightened out. But regardless of Bernie's intentions, we all know that Bernie and Tony do not have a stellar relationship. In fact, after the incident last season, one might wonder if there isn't still a little bad blood there. 

So how does Tony listen to the rumors, read the coverage, and defend Chris' position on national television, and then turn around and ship him to AAA? Even if this move has been in the works for some time, the timing sure stinks.