Skip Schumaker & Elliot Johnson: Which Worst is Worse?

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We’ve been talking a lot about Skip Schumaker potentially playing center field in the NLDS for obvious reasons, but the Dodgers aren’t the only team with a big trouble spot at a particular position. With tonight’s news that the Braves are likely to leave Dan Uggla — who is atrocious — off the roster, that means they’re really going to go with Elliot Johnson as their starting second baseman.

Other than being deemed slightly less awful than Uggla, there’s not a lot going for Johnson here. He wasn’t drafted out of high school, then signed with the Rays in 2002 — and if you can think of another example of an undrafted high schooler actually signing with a pro team rather than going to college, please let me know — then spent parts of 10 seasons in the Rays organization, getting a cup of coffee in 2008, losing his spot on the 40-man, but seeing some more serious playing time in 2011-12. In 200 games as a Ray, he hit .223/.283/.338. That… is terrible.

But it’s also nothing compared to his 2013. DFA’d in February, he was sent to Kansas City in February as the player to be named later in the James Shields / Wil Myers deal, then hit so wonderfully in 79 games – .179/.218/.241 — that the Royals DFA’d him as well in August. When Atlanta picked him up, Craig Calcaterra titled his NBC post “The Braves claim Elliot Johnson on waivers for some reason,” and now, here he is, starting at second base in the playoffs.

Johnson can field, sort of, and he can run reasonably well, successfully stealing 22 bags in 24 chances this year, but he just can’t hit, not with a .218/.273/.319 line after more than 800 plate appearances. Is that black hole worse than the center field hole the Dodgers are about to have? For all the angst we’re dealing with in center, the Braves have a pretty serious issue of their own.

I’m not sure which is worse, but I do know this — when Johnson was picked up by Kansas City, Royals Review writer Craig Brown described him thusly:

He doesn’t walk, has some speed and is adequately defensively. Most important, though… He’s a gamer. A dirt dog. Against all odds, he scrapped, battled, dare I say gritted, his way though his professional career.

Oh. Well, maybe they’re dead even then.

541 comments
Noel D
Noel D

Rays-Indians... [yawn]

KMT59
KMT59

@Lobo Did someone hack your twitter account?

Vin_Skully
Vin_Skully

The 'nobody likes us. us against the world' crap coming out of Atlanta is annoying as shit!

Tommy D
Tommy D

Any soccer fans here?  You know, the ones that have to wake up at 4:30 am to watch the matches?

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*VND*

i fucking love that the new commercials for the postseason have no mention of the Giants. 

hehehehehehehehehehe

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P_F_P

PFP out. Somebody petition Mike to make this our sole playoff threat so we can get over 10,000 comments.

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who i just saw a Podres Dodgers WS reference on MLBN and it wasnt Scully talking. that was weird

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This kind of night never would have happened if the government hadn't shut down

Chavez Ravine Fiend
Chavez Ravine Fiend

My friend who is a Red Sox fan says he's scared of the dodgers if they meet in the World Series. He said Atlanta is overrated an that the dodgers are the most dangerous team due to their pitching and Hanley/Puig. I thought that was crazy coming from a Red Sox fan

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Oh how I will enjoy this scroll down

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@BIah can you erase your post where you talk about what i do? feeling a little overexposed right now

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Go Indians.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Maybe get rid of the racism then.

Vin_Skully
Vin_Skully

@DBrim I have no idea where this persecution complex comes from. They have such a strange fan base.

They were the the reps of the NL for an entire decade. What do they have to complain about?

Vin_Skully
Vin_Skully

@Good Clubhouse Guy - I have a hard time believing that could be it, but who knows. I guess as the largest professional sports market in the South they could feel isolated and picked on.

Seems to be that they get the benefit of the doubt from the media though. McCann is gritty rather than just an asshole.

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@steelmohawk @PuntoForPresident (PuigForPrimeMinister) Depends. Punto would inevitably enforce stricter curfews so as to have the most determined and focused (i.e. grittiest) workforce possible, but hey, every American night would need to conclude with all citizens tearing their shirts off, so severe drunkenness could/should play a part. I should add that.

RustyH
RustyH

Don't worry you'll get all the sleep you need when you are dead. Keep studying and have a beer.

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@BIah do NOT read thru any more threats. just.. just dont

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@BIah youre too cute tho, blah. we need to preserve you like an MSTI treasure somehow

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

@BIah What is this first contact thing that happened and since when do we have a wiki?

BIah
BIah

can't sleep, reading through the 'first contact' game threat from earlier.  probably gonna take a shower in a little bit and then study for a few hours and go take a test at 10am.  I guess I'll catch up on sleep tomorrow evening