To bat second.
Reportedly, Grady will be giving up his leadoff spot for the 2010 season, and Asdrubal Cabrera will assume the duties.
Look, most Tribe fans are all for Sizemore not batting leadoff, but the consensus would probably prefer him to bat third. You know, so the team could actually benefit from his power. Of course the Indians aren’t making the right move, why would they?
I wouldn’t have a problem with Cabrera hitting first, but I think Michael Brantley should take the leadoff spot, with Cabrera second, and Sizemore third. That is probably what 99% of people who actually pay attention to the Indians would like new manager Manny Acta to do.
However, Acta doesn’t want to put pressure on Brantley. He doesn’t want to put pressure on a young player on a young team that won’t be contending in 2010. If there was a perfect situation for Brantley to get his feet wet, this would be the ideal situation. Acta feels it’s too much for him.
I don’t know if I like how this regime is starting.