Mitch Williams says Hanley needs to change habits, Lincecum days in S.F. numbered
MLB Network’s Mitch Williams joined the show to talk about the big stories in baseball.
Williams said Hanley Ramirez’s effort is the key in Los Angeles. He even noted last night in his first game with the Dodgers, he watched a fly ball, that actually turned into a triple. Williams said that Ramirez has developed bad habits. Williams said a veteran should get on Ramirez, even physically shove him into a locker if they have to.
“In my opinion, since he singed the multiyear deal in Miami, he has coasted,” Williams said of Hanley.
Williams said the Marlins bailed on their plan to build a winner because it wasn’t “putting butts in the seats.” Williams said that he thinks it’s not a good area for fan-based baseball. But still, Williams doesn’t understand the abandonment this early. He thinks Jose Reyes must be upset after coming in the offseason.
Williams also commented on Tim Lincecum’s struggles. He said that his slower fastball gives him no room for error. “You can’t make a mistake at 90 mph and get away with it,” Williams said.
Williams thinks that’s why the Giants didn’t sign him to a long-term extension. “I don’t see Lincecum in San Francisco past next year,” Williams said.
Williams weighed in on Stephen Strasburg’s pitch count. Williams is not a fan of pitch counts. “To me its’ the worst thing for baseball to ever be perceived,” Williams said. He said it’s not how many pitches, it’s how the pitcher is throwing it.