There are certain guarantees in life. The sun rises in the east. We all pay taxes whether it’s too much or too little. And Kirk Gibson will consistently juggle the batting order. The manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks faced a host of questions Wednesday afternoon regarding the different lineup possibilities for his team. Gibby seemed to relish a little bit of the give and take with the media but clearly this will be an issue he will face unless the team puts up some serious offensive production. He is aware of what is said about his maneuvering and had this to say (from Steve Gilbert at mlb.com):
“I know that there are comments made about me changing my lineups in the past, but there’s some really good teams that do it and do it for the right reasons,” Gibson said. “It makes sense to do it.”
For example, the D’backs do not have a prototypical “leadoff” hitter. Gibby pointed out that his 1984 World Champion Detroit Tigers had Lou Whitaker hitting first who no one would never confuse with a leadoff man. When asked about Aaron Hill and the number two slot, the D’backs’ skipper acknowledged that was probably the best spot for his second baseman. However, Gibby did not entertain who would bat fourth. He said there will be discussions about who the best candidate would be but that there does not seem to be a sense of urgency. Finally, the manager had some fun with the media:
“You guys can all submit your lineup,” he said, telling the media to leave their lineups on his desk. “Just make sure you put your name on it.”
The only spot locked up in the order is Paul Goldschmidt in the 3-hole. After that, anyone of us has just a good of a chance of correctly guessing the other seven spots (not including the pitcher) as the manager does right now.