This involves the batting lineup. I don’t want to come across in a bad way or a selfish way but I feel I should be batting in the top 5 in the order, and I was batting 7th in the first game of the season…Maybe some of you have been in the same situation and could give suggestions on how to handle it
Let me explain why I feel this way, last season was my first year on this team and I started out batting 8th in the lineup. I was cool with that the first game because i was new blood and hadn’t earned anything. So a few weeks go by and I’m hitting well and I earn the leadoff spot from our CF. So i’m batting leadoff up until the all star break, successful, high average, steals, and 3 homeruns.
The league has a all star break type weekend, where a few teams get together and we join a 4th of july tourney and try to win it…well the game before this tournament i was still batting leadoff, i had a solid game and in my final at bat before this all star break i hit a HR…So i’m happy, the teams doing good, everything’s good…
So we come back from this All Star break and i’m in the 8 spot again…I don’t know what to think, i’ve earned my spot, I out hit the first leadoff guy…Well nobody out hit me, I didn’t perform badly, I dont understand how my spot gets taken away.
So here we are again a few weeks later I earn my leadoff spot back again, and I keep the spot throughout the playoffs.
So the season’s over and it’s now April of this year, 2006…our first game of the new season and guess where I’m at? 7th! Guess who is batting first, a new guy who wasn’t even on the team last year, he played fast pitch softball with the coach! I didn’t say anything at any of these points to the coach. I’m tired of earning my spot by hitting better then everyone, and then losing it to nobody for no apparent reason. So I batted 7th the first game of the weekend, and I hit horrible which is unlike me, I struck out three times which is almost as much as I did all of last season.
Some people say it doesn’t matter where you bat in the lineup but i truely believe it does. I feel I’m one of the better hitters in the league, and I feel I’ve proven it and then to bat in the bottom of the order it makes me put this extra pressure on myself to succeed, I don’t feel as comfortable just going up to hit the ball, thinking to myself I gotta go 4-4 so I can’t get back in my spot.
I don’t wanna demand I get my spot back, but how can I bring this up to my coach without looking like an arrogant unhappy guy. I feel I’ve earned my role in the lineup and I really wasn’t happy about this new guy coming in and taking over my spot when he didn’t earn it, and on top of that I didn’t lose it. I hit great in the playoffs last year, the year as a whole in 2005.
Thanks for taking the time to read a lengthy post.