Got an OK response last week when I threw out three questions for the readers to discuss here on the blog, so with vacation beckoning, I’m gonna go that route again. Here are some questions on which local baseball fans should have some opinion. I’ll be back at the beginning of December with regular filings on the blog again.
1) Have you the fan grown weary of the steroid revelations? Each new report serves only to reinforce what we already know: That most players in the 1990s and early 2000s should be viewed with a skeptical eye. All due credit to reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams, but nothing should shock us anymore.
2) What does A’s second baseman Mark Ellis have to do to earn a Gold Glove? This year, he loses out to Detroit’s Placido Polanco, who got the nod for his zero-error season. I’ve seen them both a lot, and bottom line, Ellis gets to and makes plays on balls on which Polanco doesn’t even come close. But Polanco has a better bat, and that sticks out to the voters. All of which doesn’t reflect highly on managers, because they fill out the ballot.
3) If you’re the A’s, do you try to win for one more season or do you rebuild? Seattle Times baseball columnist Larry Stone does a nice job breaking down their situation as they head into the winter.