MANAGEMENT GROWING INCREASINGLY FRUSTRATED WITH TABATA
Jose Tabata (.226 – 3 HR – 11 RBI) has been plagued with an attitude problem, laziness, and most importantly struggles at the plate and in the field all season. Has manager Clint Hurdle and GM Neal Huntington seen enough?
Hurdle made it clear today that it’s time for Tabata to step up or face the possibility of being demoted to Triple-A.
“One thing you can bring every day is your attitude and your effort. I demand that, and I think we’ve had some disconnects with that, ” manager Clint Hurdle said via Tribune-Review. “I think subconsciously, in Jose’s case, there is a fear of reinjuring himself. But it’s like a pitcher worrying about his shoulder. If you’re going to get hurt, you’re going to get hurt. You have to play. We’ve talked about it. The talking part is over. He needs to play. We’ve worked through this about as far as we can. It’s time, ” Hurdle said.
Tabata is batting .226 with just 3 home runs and 11 RBIs. In Monday’s lost he was charged with two costly errors leading to runs and on more than one occasion this season he has been lacking hustle when running the bases and on plays in the outfield.