Actually, I do believe it, but I still find myself very surprised that things are working out the way they should. Ned Yost has made his preliminary announcement about the outfield, and we can all stop cringing now:
With Hart taking over in right, Yost plans to return Geoff Jenkins to left field, his original position before moving in 2005 to accommodate Carlos Lee. Yost said left field is shaping up to be a platoon situation with Jenkins, a left-handed hitter, and Kevin Mench, who bats from the right side.
"My thought right now is not to platoon with Corey," said Yost, who wants to give the 24-year-old outfielder a shot to prove he should play every day.
(Sounds ridiculous, I know, but tell me, honestly, you don't see that happening. That's what I thought.)
If Yost is more or less committed to this outfield arrangement, that leaves third base (along with the inevitable bullpen decisions) as the big question mark going into the season. I think we're all but resigned to a Graffasell platoon, while perhaps some of us hope Ryan Braun will hit about .650 in spring training and seize the job. The best result, of course, would be a full and fast recovery from Corey Koskie, but it sounds like that ship has sailed.