By Jason Wojciechowski on November 6, 2009 at 12:40 PM
A bunch of catchup posts on the NBA are coming, but for now, here's David Pinto on Bobby Crosby. Pinto's right that Crosby hasn't shown anything in the last four years to prove that he's a major-leauger. He doesn't get on base, he doesn't hit for power, and his defense is merely good, not stellar. If he's your AAA utility infielder, then maybe that's fine, because he's your fourth option at shortstop. If he's your starting shortstop, as the Tigers and a variety of other teams seem to think he is? That's a problem.
One note: Pinto's post quotes the Detroit Free Press saying that Crosby's season was "injury-shortened". I don't think that's true. He was the A's utility infielder this year, and as such didn't play every day. The only stretch of days I see in his game logs where he might have been hurt was August 18th to September 3rd. Crosby didn't play 97 games because he missed the other 55 with injuries. He played 97 games because there were 40 times when Bob Geren didn't want him to touch the field.