Originally Posted by russ99
You can wail about this until you're blue in the face, but the fact is that Wise, Erstad, Mackowiak, Owens, etc. all were backups and bench players and since the club foolishly put their trust in the development of Brian Anderson, they had to take a bigger role when it turned out he couldn't hit big league pitching.
Complete and utter spin.
They were backups that awed Guillen with their talent, so he elevated them and refused to take them out of the lineup.
And what's the Kotsay excuse? There's no Anderson.
There was no Anderson for Owens in, Quentin in AAA.
And there was no Anderson at LEADOFF to uplift Wise there (nothing excuses Wise).