I do think the Pirates and Cubs are worse than the reds.. I still think that they can get the 2nd place (with luck and a great 2nd half)
Last edited by tomnuetten; 06-10-2014 at 11:07 AM.
"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe." - Albert Einstein
he's not looking so amazing anymore. Gotta say it was a great idea in retrospect to let him walk. Billy has shown he's an elite talent
To be fair to Choo his drop off occurred when he hurt his ankle. The guy can still hit. However he is at an age where little nagging injuries start to become bigger issues, his defense in CF was, at best, adequate (being generous here) and he was going to command, and did, a huge salary and several years. Hamilton improved team speed, added defense and has hit better than most expected. I know that I was wrong about Billy. When he started out cold I felt I had been right and that he needed a full season yet in AAA. Then it just seemed to click for him after only a dozen games or so. I have never felt better about being so wrong...
"If this was a court of law, the cross examination would go after the credibility of the witness." Homer Bailey on Latos snarking on the team after his trade
I knew that there was no way we could resign Choo but I also did not believe Hamilton was ready for his role yet. He's been a pleasant surprise and should only get better with more MLB service time.
I was defintely among those who expected a huge dropoff from Choo to Hamilton and that was even with the expectation that Billy would immediately be better on defense. But so far things have worked out better (especially considering the money) than the Reds reasonably could have hoped for. I don't wish any ill will to Choo, but I hope it continues.
Letting Choo walk was a GREAT MOVE. Same with Arroyo. We saved a ton of money by replacing these 2 with Hamilton and Simon. I just wish Walt would have waited another year before extending Votto. The Bailey deal was not very good either. No more Ludwick, Hannahan, Parra, Schumaker type contracts.
what kind of contracts do you believe are appropriate in these days of TV money? I am old enough that I remember when Pete Rose wanted to be the first singles hitter to get $100,000 a year. I do have some difficulty understanding how baseball players seem to arrive out of shape and have early season injuries. That doesn't seem to be as prevalent in professional basketball (perhaps sample size) or even football prior to contact.
.254 and .778 ops? hardly amazing..
Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.
So he can't hit RHP now?
Wow, he has really tailed off. He's basically been a .200 hitter since May. Is he playing hurt or something?
The whole Rangers team is a dumpster fire right now
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