The 33-year-old third baseman has been banged up each season starting in 2010, limiting his ability in the field and eroding the plate discipline that made him a household name. And with the thundering arrival of Will Middlebrooks, many have called for the Red Sox’s third baseman of the future to take Youkilis’s place as the third baseman of the present, too.
Such talk is understandable in a season where fans and team have looked for a jolt of energy, but it is premature.
Youkilis has earned every right to win back his place as Boston’s starting third baseman, and the Red Sox would be wise to grant it to him as he comes off the DL for tonight’s game at Baltimore.
The following is why.