I love the Josh Hamilton story, wish the best for him, and hope he keeps his life together.
I also wish Chris Denorfia would get the same shot that Josh Hamilton is getting.
His defense in CF would give the Reds outstanding defense up the middle. And he can hit, too.
I forgot about Bruce and Stubbs in all this spring training mess... no way are they going to be ready this year (or even next) but they're exciting for the future. I hope Denorfia kills the ball this spring. Or Norris Hopper keeps doing his thing. Because Griffey in RF is a better Griffey.
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Well, I don't expect the media to recognize that Chris Denorfia is the best option on the team right now for everyday CF duties. He might even be a better option for this team than many players that they could acquire in a trade. Sadly, I don't expect the Reds to recognize this, either.It's best for the team if Griffey moves to right.
If the Reds acquired a legitimate center fielder, the discussion would be over.
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I think the media strictly looks at Denorfia and says 'He's 26, thats too old for a guy to become a regular on an MLB team.' so he becomes an also ran in this story. They don't look at it like the last two seasons he may have been ready but was 'blocked' by Griffey, Dunn, and Kearns and the team preferred him everyday in AAA than 2 times a week in the bigs.
I agree, he should most likely be our opening day CFer.
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Uhh, this paragraph makes my head hurt."A lot of it is about having a regular guy to take the spot and not having Griff moving back and forth. He's open to it. But right now, unless he comes to spring training and says, 'I'm going to play right field,' he's probably going to open the spring in center."
Brady Clark got us Shawn Estes. At this point, my best hopes for Deno is that the organization will trade him before the dying bloom is completely off the rose. I have zero faith that he will get a legitimate shot at the full time gig.
I just don't understand why they can't see that everything Junior wants in place (a clearly superior option) was already on the 25 man.
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Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
Shoddy reporting from the national press, who would believe that. Clearly, a combination of Ryan Freel and Deno are legitimate CF's and would not require Jr. to play CF at all. Combined they are better defensively than any other CF in the division. And that includes the Cubs centerfielder and the hot dog in St. Louis (he who must not be named).
Furthermore, I can't even see Bubba Crosby making the team as anything more than the 25th guy in the even Hamilton needs to go back to TB or the minors.
If Narron is the truly the manager, he must decide this on day one and let Jr. learn the nuances of right field. This is frustrating, because moves like this could make the difference between pretender and contender.
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He has proven that he can hit at every level of the minor leagues. He deserves more than 140 ABs before he gets written off as a AAA player.
What about his defense? Didn't scouts consider him one of the best defensive CFs in the minors?
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