Tom Brennan – INJURIES AND JINXES
His hitting and leadership is vital. He takes pressure off. My guess is a guy like Flores, for example, would somehow be performing better if the Captain were next to him on the left side of the infield every day instead of rehabbing on a treadmill or hitting on a tee.
Offensive call ups have not gotten the job done, either. Hitting against elite major league pitching rather than AAA pitching is an entirely different animal.