I doubt its going anywhere because he has grown to like it. As most have probably heard before Narron is the one that told him to grow it his rookie year.I do wish he'd shave that Ugly goatee
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They wheeled a 3x4 steel safe into the clubhouse Sunday morning to store the players' valuables. It took four guys to lift it off a dolly and onto a table.
Said pitcher Kent Mercker: "What's that, Junior Griffey's wallet?"
In other words, he's not closer material.
He's 24; if he can't throw it for a strike by now, he's probably always going to have a tough time doing so.
Twenty four isn't ancient, and there is some time, but it definitely doesn't bode well for him being anything but a middling middle reliever.
I actually don't think his slider's the ticket for him. If you can't make hitters swing and miss on your fastball, then you're a dangerous closer (to your own team). My favorite example of why you probably don't want a closer who relies on a slider is the last pitch of the 1993 World Series. Mitch Williams threw a good slider there. It had movement and it was diving out of the strikezone. Didn't matter. It was still moving at slider speed and it was still close enough for Joe Carter to reach it.
Going down to AAA to fool lesser hitters with a wrinkle pitch doesn't strike me as good closer training. I want to see how his ace fares against major league hitters, at least if the notion is that he's got a big future. If the club thinks he's just a future setup man, then Louisville's fine by me.
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