Originally Posted by westofyou
I saw at least 135 Reds games and probably another 100 or so of other teams and IMO Griffey was the pits, he didn't step into right until ST and the ball goes to the corners a whole lot different then it does to CF, he looked lost and had a hell of a time digging them out of the corners.
Just a horrible RF he is at this juncture.
That's about how many games I saw too. And that's also my assessment.
In a way, Griffey's experience in right field reminds me of when Michael Jorden decided he'd become a pro baseball player. Just because you're a great athlete doesn't mean you can just throw your glove out there and play with the big boys.
Griffey has an entire career judging balls hit to centerfield. Balls hit to center have very little sidespin. His entire experience has been in judging the ball off the bat to pretty much straight away center field with very little slice or hook.
And he has never had to judge the corners. These are huge things in playing a corner outfield position, especially right field.
No matter how great a center fielder he has been, the repetition born instinct of judging a ball off the crack of the bat isn't there. His countless thousands of reps taken in center don't automatically transfer to right. The sidespin of the ball is a new thing for him to get used to, no matter how great he was in center. And playing the bounces off the corners and knowing how far he is from the walls of all the parks is new too.
His starts are now more tentative, by a fraction of a second, which is enormous in MLB and made even more meaningful considering the fact that age has robbed him of his speed and injuries have taken away his quick burst fast start, which was once legendary.
It's very naive to expect anything more from Griffey than we've seen. It was totally predictable.