Re: How much worse or better would Dickerson be?
Originally Posted by Sea Ray
I fail to see why Norris Hopper is not being given a chance to win the CF job. He fits more of what the Reds need, a leadoff hitter and a RH stick.
Norris is not a plus centerfielder. Patterson is. That's part of it.
He's got no slugging. If you take away Hopper's bunting for a hit, his OBP plummets. Teams ARE cheating bringing the infield (and outfield) in on him and Hopper doesn't have the swat to make them pay for it. His best outcome at this point is a ground ball that finds a hole. That's a tough sell.
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