ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 12: Mark Kotsay #25 of the Milwaukee Brewers face plants on the infield dirt as he is forced out on a double play in the top of the first inning against Nick Punto #8 of the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 12, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Mark Kotsay did everything he could tonight to demonstrate something his previous managers have known about him for years: He's not a major league center fielder.
Kotsay has played in 278 regular season major league games since the start of the 2009 season, but has appeared as a center fielder in just 15 of them. Ten of those appearances (plus one more tonight) have come as a Brewer:
|Season||Team(s)||Games as CF|
|2009||Red Sox/White Sox||5|
* - Eleven if you include the playoffs
Tonight was also his 19th game batting second or third in the Brewer lineup. Before this season he hadn't started a game as a #2 hitter since 2008, and had made just ten starts batting third since 2006.
Kotsay has been better the second half of this season, hitting .288/.338/.425 since the All Star break. But he's simply not capable of being the kind of player Ron Roenicke appears to think he is.