That's been the hot topic on the radio shows lately. Once the interleague is done and the Brewers don't need the DH anymore, what should they do with Gamel? I'll tell you what I think they should do: Keep him here and play him everyday, because Billy Hall is completely worthless at this point. (See what I did there? You thought this was a Gamel take, but oh no, it's an anti-Bill Hall rant. Gotta keep you guys on your toes.)
Watching him flail away at the plate, time after time this season, is driving me completely fucking mental. He is an absolute black hole and he is showing no signs of turning that around. Sure the Brewers have other guys that are scuffling, but at least they show signs of life every now and then. Not only that, but you can look at past performances and see a track record that indicates they have the ability to turn things around for themselves. Bill Hall? Not so much. Oh there's 2006, but if it's not obvious that that was the exception not the rule by now then you're not watching the same games I am. In 2007 and 2008 Hall had an average of .240, with 29 homers, and an on-base of .299!! And that's playing against lefties almost exclusively, which he allegedly hits well! (Those eye-popping numbers don't even factor in his wicked .208 avg and .276 OBP so far this season) He's not even a serviceable platoon player at this point. Things have gotten so bad for Hall that he's posing and styling after hitting weak fly balls. Did you see him tonight, he totally styled off a weak fly ball to center and a sac fly to right like he had just blasted 'em into the Cuyahoga. It's been that long since he's hit a ball even remotely hard to the outfield that he actually thought he got those balls! Sorry Billy, that one's not gonna have the distance.
If they insist on having him on the team, and trotting him out there to "try and get him going" (and in all honesty that is what's going to continue to happen, despite the better judgement of everyone), then I suggest Dale Sveum sit him down, look him in the face and break it down like this: "Look Bill, I don't want you to try to hit another homerun as long as your on this team. When you were 'good' you were a line drive hitter that sprayed the ball all over the field, and some of them just happened to leave the yard. No more coddling, no more trying to find your chi or any of this other bullshit. The next time you try and jerk the ball out of the park, leave your shoes at an 0-2 slider or pose off some warning track fly ball, I'm gonna kick you in the fucking head. Capiche!"
So Mat, get comfy son. Settle in over there at 3rd and try not to throw too many into the dugout. Cuz that job is yours kid. Lefty starter, righty starter, I don't much care, because it's painfully obvious that Bill Hall can't hit either of them.