Jose Lopez The Hybrid 2nd Baseman? AKA Where Is Yuniesky Betancourt?

Jordan GillisContributor IApril 29, 2009

SEATTLE - APRIL 19:  Jose Lopez #4 of the Seattle Mariners plays first base against the Detroit Tigers during the game on April 19, 2009 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Yesterday I was busy playing softball which caused me to miss Felix (Hernandez) day. There's worse reasons to miss a Felix start so I got over that pretty fast, however I got home to watch baseball tonight and saw this particular web gem by Jose Lopez. 

ESPN.Com Baseball Tonight Web Gems 4/28/09

(its the second highlight if you want to watch it)

First Jose Lopez, thank Yuniesky Betancourt for being such a shell of his former self that you get opportunities on the short stop side of 2nd base to make this play. While Betancourt was jogging towards this ball and probably ready to lay out and dive for it, or knock it down and reward the Chicago White Sox 3rd baseman Josh Fields with an infield single.

To that Jose Lopez flies in from his position to the right of second base, picks up the ball on the left side of second base with his bare hand and throws a strike to first base across his body to get Fields out by a footstep. Kudos to Jose Lopez for making this play, I'm glad we have him out there.

But honestly how many times does this have to happen before manager Don Wakamatsu just says enough. 

Betancourt's 4 for 5 with a home run performance probably covers any doubts for a little while. White I understand that 2nd basemen do range balls on that side of the bag from time to time, with every game it is becoming apparent that Betancourt's days of even flashy-good, hit saving short stop are over.

Our goals should be shifted lower to average short stop and hope he can at least achieve those types of results.

My only redeeming hope of seeing Betancourt starting each day is a result of Ronny Cedeno's injury, and an attempt to not clue in other teams into his severe defensive regression by benching him.

If they can get to June and some team's short stop goes down with an injury and ship him off for a potential gain they'll get all the cheers in the world from me. However if they let him try to regain 2005 form I may cry a million tears.

With that note, congrats to the Mariners splitting the double header, the first game would have been nice to win while Chris Jakubauskas spun a great start only to watch the team go bonanza off the better pitcher John Danks in game two.

Erik Bedard takes the mound for the Seattle Mariners tonight, lets get us another series win!


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