Spring Training hasn't even started yet.
I have no idea if he can handle CF, but anything said now is less than meanlingless.
Keep your heads everyone.
"But I do know Joey's sister indirectly (or foster sister) and I have heard stories of Joey being into shopping, designer wear, fancy coffees, and pedicures."
Strangly enough, there have even been a few guys who have said that playing CF is easier for them than RF or LF because they can see the way the ball leaves the bat better and can get a quicker and more accurrate jump on the ball.
My natural optimist streak is hoping that Choo or Bruce will be one of "these" guys.
I'm not worried about if "he's in the best shape of his life." I am worried that he really doesn't want to be a centerfielder. If he doesn't want to be a centerfielder, it's hard to see him getting those extra reps and learning those angles.
I was very happy about the Choo trade. However, for this trade to maximize it's value, Choo has got to play an average centerfield. His quotes in the initial post are very awkward and I am worried that it may not just be a translation error and this is Choo's way of saying just let me play a corner outfield spot.
Drugs Delaney (02-13-2013)
No worries. He only has to play centerfiled for 2/3 of the season. Heisey will get some starts. And Choo only has to play 6 or 7 innings a game in center. Then pull Ludwick and bring Heisey in to protect the lead.
I'm pretty sure the Reds pitchers are going to miss having Stubbs roaming center field. The question is will our outfield defense lose as many games as our center field hitting did the past few seasons. I'm pretty sure we'll end up on the plus side of the equation. The only argument will come when Stubbs finally figures out Major League pitching and we hear all the 'could have beens'. He desperately needed the change of scenery...I hope it helps him.
"Okay you guys, pair up in threes!" --Yogi Berra
"It's better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt."
I'm not a man of many words. Read my posts, and you'll see what I mean.
Some people are Optimists (They see the glass 1/2 full).
Others are Pessimists (They see the glass 1/2 empty).
Me, I'm a Realist. 1/2 empty IS 1/2 full.
Bruce will play CF.
"The guy I think could be really good in center is Adam Dunn. If someone asked me if Dunn could be a center fielder for the next 10 years, if he started working on it, no one could explain to me why he couldn’t do it." - Brad Kullman
It's so bizarre to have the thought of "He can't be worse than Griffey" running through your head.
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If you're going to compare players, Ichiro today is pretty much equal to Choo. He's going to get on base, he can steal, and he'll hit .280. Comparing Choo to Junior is apples and oranges.