Enough with the Brandon Nimmo hate
Does anyone get more unnecessary hatred than Brandon Nimmo? The “he’s a fourth outfielder” argument is illogical based on just about every number he has put up in his career. As flawed as he is, Nimmo is one of the most impactful players on the team and very likely the team’s leadoff hitter for the majority of games in 2021.
People don’t like Nimmo for a number of reasons. His defense is frustrating and so are the number of times he strikes out. Nimmo can be streaky. He has a reputation for struggling versus lefties, but it’s not nearly bad enough where he should be in a strict platoon situation.
Then there are fans who dislike Nimmo for other reasons. The most ridiculous of all is how annoyed they get at his running down to first base after a walk. Considering his high OBP and ability to draw walks, those who don’t enjoy seeing the hustle should expect to feel red in the face plenty in 2021.
Nimmo can silence the haters by doing exactly what he does at the plate and growing as a defensive player. Center field is his to play this season. Growth at the position will eliminate a lot of the questions his detractors have.
Continue to hustle, hit, and smile Mr. Nimmo. It’s what makes your adoring fans love you.