During his chat today on ESPN, scout and former Blue Jays front office member Keith Law was asked if Terry Collins should be fired “right then and there” if Bartolo Colon and Eric Young, Jr. both appear in the same game with Juan Lagares on the bench. His response:
"Yes. The EYJ fascination befuddles me. He has demonstrated so many times that he’s not a viable regular that I can’t grasp benching a 70 defender for him."
It may be a bit extreme to say Collins should be fired if the above occurrence ever takes place, but it’s not extreme to say it would be borderline absurd to bench a defender like Lagares in order to get Eric Young, Jr. – who has done nothing to suggest he’s a full time player – in the lineup.
Sep 14, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) left fielder Eric Young Jr. (22) and center fielder Matt den Dekker (6) congratulate each other after a 3-1 win over the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
According to reports, the Eric Young, Jr. vs Juan Lagares debate is still actually a “thing,” and I can’t fathom why.
It would be one thing if Eric Young, Jr. had an offensive profile that was good or even average. However, he’s a poor offensive player (only marginally better than Lagares was during his rookie season) and a below average defender.
Juan Lagares needs to be the full time center fielder. The fact that this is even a debate is bewildering.