A day after considering the opening for Carlos Ruiz behind the plate in the majors, Marcus Hayes reports today that, in reference to the World Baseball Classic, "Catcher Carlos Ruiz could make the Panamanian team, but he isn't expected to contend for a spot on the major league club."
Not expected to contend? Not expected to make it is one thing. Not expecting to contend sounds like being written off. Granted, taking Hayes with a grain of salt is standard practice in these parts -- in fact, whenever Hayes' name comes up, the value of a grain of salt skyrockets -- but if this is true, it's a puzzling development. Why wouldn't there be some competition at a spot which sorely needs improvement?
Hard to believe, Harry.