Cadahia gives Escobar an earful
Placed in Yunel Escobar’s shoes, I probably wouldn’t have reacted favorably had I been charged with the error that he was given during the fourth inning of Thursday night’s game against the Yankees.
And there’s certainly a chance that I would have fired off some kind of expletive. But I don’t think my Irish temper would have led me to fully mimic Escobar’s unprofessional reaction.
When Escobar pointed toward the press box in disgust, he provided the reminder that he’s still immature. While continuing to sulk with his hands on his thighs during the next two pitches, he clearly showed a lack of respect for his teammates and the game.
Braves bench coach Chino Cadahia took Escobar behind the dugout and gave him an earful when the inning concluded.
Based on the accounts of multiple sources, Cadahia berated Escobar with greater vigor than he ever has in the past.
While we can hope that this is the last unprofessional act committed by Escobar, you have to assume that it won’t be. This is his third Major League season and as time has passed it’s become clear why he essentially led his former Double-A Mississippi manager Jeff Blauser to decide he didn’t want anything to do with the coaching profession.
After Cox benched Escobar in the middle of a June 14 game in Baltimore, I used this space to talk about how his stubborn personality makes him difficult to coach. At the same time, I pointed out that he’s arguably the best all-around talent on the Braves club. <p>
Based purely on talent and the fact that he has one arbitration-eligible season remaining, Escobar ranks as one of the game’s best bargains and there’s undboubtedly a number of teams that would be interested in his services.
Right now the Braves don’t have any intention to trade Escobar. But as he continues to show immaturity and a lack of professionalism, he’s providing the club more reason to wonder if there will ever come a time when the majority of the attention he draws is based on his tremendous physical skills.