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    Alex Gonzalez a great defensive SS?

    Maybe he's just had a rough first couple months, but Alex Gonzalez has been about average defensively thus far with the Reds. That's a far cry from the high praise I've heard him receive.

    He can make the spectacular play, no doubt. But I see him miss far too many routine plays. He just seems to lack concentration at times.

    Maybe I am being too harsh since I like the signing of Gonzo very much. But I would like to see him step it up big time defensively.

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    Re: Alex Gonzalez a great defensive SS?

    Well, he's better than what we've had lately. I've generally been happy with his bat, he's made some great plays, and fumbled some he should have had.

    I heard that Francona said he's the best SS he's ever seen. IF so, why didn't the BoSox resign him?

    But he's not Dave Concepcion or Barry Larkin.

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    Re: Alex Gonzalez a great defensive SS?

    Just a flat out waste of $14 million.

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    Re: Alex Gonzalez a great defensive SS?

    Quote Originally Posted by Always Red View Post
    Well, he's better than what we've had lately. I've generally been happy with his bat, he's made some great plays, and fumbled some he should have had.

    I heard that Francona said he's the best SS he's ever seen. IF so, why didn't the BoSox resign him?

    But he's not Dave Concepcion or Barry Larkin.
    He can't hit.

    He's playing bad D to compound it right now.
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    Re: Alex Gonzalez a great defensive SS?

    Quote Originally Posted by edabbs44 View Post
    Just a flat out waste of $14 million.
    Not nearly as bad as Milton.

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    Re: Alex Gonzalez a great defensive SS?

    Quote Originally Posted by reds44 View Post
    He can't hit.

    He's playing bad D to compound it right now.
    Yeah, I know. Just like that 3B who got sent back to AAA...

    He's hit well all year thus far, and he's been in a terrible slump (coming back to form?). In another thread I questioned why he's hitting above Dunn in the order. Gonzo is very streaky, he's either good or bad as a hitter, not steady at all.

    He's been the best fielding SS this team has had since Barry Larkin.

    He had a really good Ab in the first inning.

    I was at the Reds-Astros game last Monday night; he hit two HR's into LF, where I was sitting. He can hit. Sometimes.

    Chad Moeller can't hit. Jason LaRue can't hit.

    Gonzo can hit sometimes; just like Edwin can hit, sometimes.

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    Re: Alex Gonzalez a great defensive SS?

    Yeah, I've been pleasently surprised with his hitting. I just think the talk of "best defensive shortstop I've ever seen (Francona)" was way overstated. And it wasn't just from Francona, others talked up his defense as well as not just being very good, but special. I just don't see it.

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    Re: Alex Gonzalez a great defensive SS?

    Mostly average or so, but with an occasional web gem thrown in.

    He's kind of like Castro. They both look like they play the position better than they do.
    Makes all the routine posts.

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    Re: Alex Gonzalez a great defensive SS?

    Quote Originally Posted by CTA513 View Post
    Not nearly as bad as Milton.
    A waste is a waste.

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    Re: Alex Gonzalez a great defensive SS?

    Cleveland has a nice team--the fans there are going to have a fun summer.
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    Re: Alex Gonzalez a great defensive SS?

    He did have a great defensive season last year, he's just not playing as well this season. Neither is Mike Lowell, BTW. Maybe, after being together for so long, they're both suffering from some kind of fielder's separation anxiety.
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    Re: Alex Gonzalez a great defensive SS?

    Quote Originally Posted by edabbs44 View Post
    A waste is a waste.
    Milton was the bigger waste.

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    Re: Alex Gonzalez a great defensive SS?

    The Gonzalez money was not a waste and is absolutely the least of this team's worries right now. His defense is above average with a few really great plays a week thrown in. I'll take that, especially considering what the Reds have dealt with for the past six years or so added with what they have in the system. His bat has been much better than expected. We can't blame him for Narron's misplacement of him in the lineups.
    Personally I'm glad he'll be around for the next few years and just hope somebody is added or developed in that span who can take his place.

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    Re: Alex Gonzalez a great defensive SS?

    Quote Originally Posted by CTA513 View Post
    Milton was the bigger waste.
    Makes no difference and makes Gonzalez's money no better spent.

    I guess Milton wasn't that bad when you look at Pavano?


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