Ryan Langerhans Designated for Assignment by Seattle Mariners

Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIIMay 10, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 17:  Ryan Langerhans #12 of the Seattle Mariners lays down a bunt during the game against the Kansas City Royals on April 17, 2011 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Let’s do the ole Player A versus Player B comparison, shall we?

Player B was just released by one of the worst teams in baseball. Player A continues to play consistently for a team with World Series aspirations. Player B is Ryan Langerhans, who was just designated for assignment by the Seattle Mariners, and Player A is Cincinnati Reds OF Jonny Gomes.

As you can see from above, their stats aren’t too far off. Both have roughly the same BB percentage and both are replacement-level players so far this season. I can’t figure out how Langerhans doesn’t have a spot on a major league roster, yet Dusty Baker runs Gomes out there on an almost consistent basis.

It’s baffling to me.

Langerhans is by no means a great player, but he can fill a role as a No. 4 OF on most teams. Gomes should be losing more playing time to Chris Heisey.

Hopefully, Baker stops running Gomes out there. For all our sakes.