When I first started writing this blog post, it was with the intentions to talk about my reasons for leaving John McDonald off the Blue Jays Opening Day roster. I was ready to cast him aside, and let Joe Inglett or Jose Bautista take his place. But after doing a little bit of detective work, I have changed my tune. I have effectively put down the John McDonald Hatorade, and here is why I think you should do the same.
On the surface, John McDonald might seem like a liability in the Blue Jays lineup. After all, his batting average last season barely floated above the Mendoza Line. But the Blue Jays need John McDonald on the 25-man roster because nobody else other than Marco Scutaro can field shortstop.
There is no question that Johnny Mac is the best fielding shortstop on the team, but he also has the most experience with 413 career games starting at SS. Do you want to know how many games Jose Bautista has played at short? Zero. How about Joe Inglett? Three.
So you can start to see why Cito and J.P. really want John McDonald on the team. Although he doesn’t have much to offer offensively, unfortunately there aren’t any better options defensively when it comes to shortstop. I guess sometimes you have to take the good with the bad.
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