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    Hamilton should platoon w/Freel in CF

    Why not for 10 games or so to see if it works? Hamilton had the best spring of any player in the majors. I'm mad as heck about this game tonight--the Reds are facing two right handers they should pound the next two nights and Hamilton better get a start!
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    Re: Hamilton should platoon w/Freel in CF

    Mark it down Hamilton will share time with all three outfielders when one needs a day off.I like how Narron is slowly giving him at bats b/c a guy just learning might be a little to much for him to start.Saying that thow Im with you thow I think he will start atleast one of the next two games.
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    Re: Hamilton should platoon w/Freel in CF

    Quote Originally Posted by WVPacman View Post
    Mark it down Hamilton will share time with all three outfielders when one needs a day off.I like how Narron is slowly giving him at bats b/c a guy just learning might be a little to much for him to start.Im with you thow I think he will start atleast one of the next two games.
    I think you're right. We all want to see him thrown into the fire right away, but for all his faults, I think Narron knows best when to do so in handling Josh.

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    Re: Hamilton should platoon w/Freel in CF

    I'm with Wheelhouse on this. If you're going to get an 0-4, why not play the rookie? Especially the rookie who was hot all Spring?

    OTOH, it goes against Jerry Narron's beliefs and conservative nature to start a young rookie. Hamilton may start, but it will be with great thought and pennance.
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    Re: Hamilton should platoon w/Freel in CF

    I agree with getting Hamilton some more ABs (he's not getting any better collecting splinters on the bench), but lets get a little perspective here -- he's got a grand total of 3 big league ABs.

    Freel is the everyday centerfielder. At this point, I don't see any justification for a platoon. If Hamilton develops and produces, then that might force the issue. But, right now, a platoon that keeps Freel's OBP out of the lineup in half the games isn't going to make the Reds a better ballclub -- especially if it relies on the hope that a Single-A ballplayer will produce consistently if given daily ABs.

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    Re: Hamilton should platoon w/Freel in CF

    I wish that WVRedsfan would weigh in on this...

    I think Freel had a bad game against a guy he's always struggled against. He's done his job as a lead off hitter up to that game. Tomorrow a righty is going and I'm sure Josh will get his first start and Freel will get a night off.

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    Re: Hamilton should platoon w/Freel in CF

    Hey WVRedsfan,its to late to be drinking coffie lol


    Yes like I wrote before I see Hamilton starting in one of the next two games.Freel or maybe even Griffey will be taking a day off.
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    Re: Hamilton should platoon w/Freel in CF

    Quote Originally Posted by WVPacman View Post
    Hey WVRedsfan,its to late to be drinking coffie lol


    Yes like I wrote before I see Hamilton starting in one of the next two games.Freel or maybe even Griffey will be taking a day off.
    I don't know what the heck happened with the quadruple post. I hit the submit button and I got this message about having just posted.

    What you get when you stay up too late and lose a game you should have won, I guess. Or not.

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    Re: Hamilton should platoon w/Freel in CF

    Okay, if Freel always struggles against this guy, why do you start him tonight?

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    Re: Hamilton should platoon w/Freel in CF

    Quote Originally Posted by RBA View Post
    Okay, if Freel always struggles against this guy, why do you start him tonight?
    Well with our current situation who else are you going to start? Narron's not gonna give Hamilton his first career start against a lefty. And without Deno or even Norris Hopper we're pretty much stuck, unless you want to see Juan Castro roaming center field.

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    Re: Hamilton should platoon w/Freel in CF

    Between Freel and Hamilton which has the superior fielding, throwing, and hitting?

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    Re: Hamilton should platoon w/Freel in CF

    Another RH hitting Outfielder would come in pretty handy on this roster.

    The need of three Catchers must out weigh the need of that RH Outfielder.

    I know Deno would"ve probably been here if not for the injury, and Norris Hopper is hurt too.

    My question is... Is it really that difficult to obtain another RHH 4th/5th OF'er?

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    Re: Hamilton should platoon w/Freel in CF

    Quote Originally Posted by SpringfieldFan View Post
    Between Freel and Hamilton which has the superior fielding, throwing, and hitting?
    Ryan Freel. It's not even close at this point.
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    Re: Hamilton should platoon w/Freel in CF

    I'd quote WVRedsFan but...

    Griffey needs to strengthen his wrist, Freel needs the occasional day off (by the way not that it was the difference in the game but you mean Freel needed to start against Davis with his 1-19 lifetime??)...this is/was my greatest fear about Hamilton that he's going to lose any rhythm he built up by not playing with any regularity...

    It is early, but here's to hoping we run him out there every 3-4 days for a couple of starts to allow him to cultivate his vast talent...it will take time, but he needs to play semi-regularly if at all possible...


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    Re: Hamilton should platoon w/Freel in CF

    I actually think that Jerry's going to be changing his philosophy on rookies only because his brother knows him.
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