Monday, February 21, 2011
What Does 2011 Hold For Mat Gamel?
It seems Gamel again has a chance to make the team out of Spring Training this year. He earned a spot in 2008 but struggled in a bench role and was moved back to AAA. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said last week that Gamel will see time at 3B, 1B, and the corner outfield spots in Spring Training. "He's going to bounce around. The guy can hit. If he makes us believe he can play a lot of positions, it helps him make the team. If I were in his shoes, I'd be open to anything." One would think that Gamel would be open to anything that will get him a spot on the Brewers' roster. Hopefully 2011 marks the year he decides that it's in his best interest to put the team first and accept whatever role is given to him. Roenicke noted, however, that another factor that must again be taken into consideration is whether Gamel might be better served seeing everyday action at AAA Nashville.