So what exactly did Randy Ruiz do to get in the dog house? Aside from a pinch-running assignment and a late game substitution, Ruiz spend six straight games on the bench prior to today. This makes me think that maybe Randy picked up the Jeremy Accardo Book of Misbehavior to find himself on the bench so often.
These past few weeks, it seems like The Travis Snider Experiment has been the primary focus of the lineup changes and whether Snider would play left or right field.
Once again, Randy Ruiz was lost among the shuffle. But At least he's not losing at bats thanks to Kevin Millar, who hasn't started a game himself since September 11th.
It's almost certain that next year's outfield will include Adam Lind, Vernon Wells and Travis Snider. Those three players are obviously in the long term plans of this team. So why are the Blue Jays squandering this chance to see if Ruiz can be the full time DH next year? Unless they are planning on signing a free agent designated hitter, Ruiz should be getting as many at bats as possible in September.
His .879 OPS alone should be shouting loud and clear to make him an automatic everyday lineup choice. But as we've seen before, sometimes the coaches prove that they can be very hard of hearing.
Update: For an explanation as to why the Ruiz sightings have been so sparse, check out Jordan Bastian's post from yesterday. Basically, Cito wanted to ease Lind back into the DH role and not have him play in the field after getting hit on the foot last Friday. Once again, foot in mouth on my part.