Originally Posted by gedred69
Sorry to enter this thread so late, I've been busy attending ST games
I must say, I have witnessed lackadaisical defense from Patterson in CF that caused the Reds runs, a meandering charge of a single to CF, that allowed Phils 3B coach to change a hold sign to the runner, into a go. I witnessed him mis-judge a FB that prevented him a good throwing position and a rather weak throw to the plate. If Bruce had been playing CF, they wouldn't even have thought about sending the runner. I have seen 2 other occasions that indicate MLB has already learned of Bruce's howitzer arm. I also saw Bruce against the Sox, get to a certain 2 bagger in the R-C gap and make a play of it at 2nd. In what I have seen, I'd rather see him defensively in CF than Patterson.
It does not matter one single bit.
Dusty - F'ckn - Baker made up his mind that Corey F. Patterson would be the Reds' CF the day he was signed.
WHAT CAN PATTERSON DO THAT HOPPER CAN'T?
Steal 40 bases? What else?