Myopic – [mahy-op-ik, –oh-pik] –adjective
- Ophthalmology. pertaining to or having myopia; nearsighted.
- unable or unwilling to act prudently; shortsighted.
- lacking tolerance or understanding; narrow-minded.
Scott Boras recently called out the Detroit Tigers organization for being myopic in the organization’s decision to bench Magglio Ordonez. By all accounts, Ordonez is having a mediocre season. His graphs show that he is average in most batting catergories, but listed as “poor” in slugging.
The problem is that Magglio is not being paid average salary, nor is he expected to be an average player on a Detroit Tigers team that counts on him for power production. Additionally, looking at Magglio’s season stats to date, he is down in every category compared to last year (except for stolen bases – he has 2 this year, last year he had 1 for the whole season). He actually also has a better walk/strikeout ratio so far this year. We have not even reached the All-Star Break…perhaps Mr. Boas is right…are the Tigers being myopic?
Then again, check out this Value chart. It is hard to believe that based on the numbers Maggs is putting up thus far in 2009, he would only be worth $600,000 on the free-agent market. I am sure some team would give him a chance. But Boras does not want to even think about that yet. Arbitration is on his mind.