Why Isn't Kendick Platooning with AK?
Kennedy can't hit lefties... Pitchers have better averages than Kennedy against lefties... and not just some pitchers, most of them.
The reasons are:
(1) Tim Salmon is taking his spot on the roster largely sitting on the bench and chewing gum. And taking an at bat or two once a week. Why do we keep a guy who takes a few swings once a week and can't play in the field?, Because years ago, Salmon was good, so he stays on the team till he quits or literally falls apart.... see also Erstad. ANd whenever Scioscia is feeling down, he can lack at the bench, see Salmon there, and still dream it's 2002.
(2) The Angels won't demote AK to platoon status because, like Salmon and Erstad, he used to be good and since he can still actually play on the field without getting hurt, he plays.
(3) Kendrick might God forbid win the job fulltime and Scioscia would have to bench another cherished veteran.
(4) You can't be sure Kendrick is good enough yet, so maybe we should wait till he's hitting 500.