A caller to the postgame radio show the other day asked if perhaps the time had come to make "hard decisions" about Ian Desmond, Danny Espinosa and Wilson Ramos, since all three had what he considered to be "unacceptable" batting averages.
Let's see, Desmond is in his second year, and Espinosa and Ramos are in their first full years. I responded that the Baseball Encyclopedia is chock full of players whose first and second years were, let's say, not All-Star caliber, but thereafter put up much better numbers. Some eventually made the Hall of Fame.
Given the small sample of their work thus far - and the fact that all three are 25 or younger (Desmond is 26 later this month) - it would seem entirely premature to think it was already time to move on to someone else.
We all get it that Desmond isn't Derek Jeter. Perhaps he would have been had he come up with the Yankees. But aspects of his game have shown remarkable improvement since the break, and believe me, he's highly coveted by a lot of other ballclubs, and the Nationals are in no hurry to move him.
Think the Twins would like to have Ramos back? In a heartbeat.
Espinosa's range at second base has been favorably compared to Robbie Alomar, and have you noticed he has 19 home runs and 60 RBIs? Sure, I'd prefer he had a higher batting average, but I suspect he'll be closer to .270 this time next year.
No two players mature at the same rate. Some are decidedly late bloomers. But this game runs on patience, among other things, and there's no way in the world that this is the time for "hard decisions."
Maybe in 2013. But not now.