If you ask the general baseball world, the early reviews on Mark Trumbo's transition to third base are not good. Like, REALLY not good. What exactly are they saying about his defense at the hot corner?
It isn't going to work.
It is a failed experiment.
It is hurting the team.
It needs to end.
And I am sure if I surveyed the fans we'd get a few reviews that include the terms "abortion" and "disaster" and so on.
It is hard to blame anyone for these dire reactions considering that Trumbo has already committed three errors in just two games. But by the same token, it is also hard to accept any of these reviews as fully informed since Trumbo has played just two games.
It feels like it was months ago now that Mark was actually getting some optimistic projections for his work at third base during spring training. The coaching staff was talking him up and the reports from training camp were increasingly positive as the spring wore on. But now? He sucks and this was the worst idea ever, apparently.
That statement is partly true, he does suck- right now. But that doesn't mean this is a bad idea and the Angels need to pull the plug. The real problem here isn't Trumbo's defense, it is the expectations of his defense. In the spring, expectations were low because this was just a cute little experiment. But now that the regular season is here, the expectations are suddenly through the roof. He can't be learning on the job, he has to be good RIGHT NOW!
What everyone seems to be forgetting is that Trumbo has been learning to play third base for all of eight weeks. Think back to the last time you started a new job or attempted to learn a hard new skill. You probably sucked for the first eight weeks too. So why isn't Trumbo allowed to suck?