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  • Bruce must be an American baseball hero

    10 12.82%
  • Bruce must be one of the 10 greatest outfielders ever

    5 6.41%
  • Bruce must be a first-ballot Hall of Famer

    7 8.97%
  • Bruce must be a marginal Hall of Fame candidate

    6 7.69%
  • Bruce must win at least one MVP Award

    9 11.54%
  • Bruce must consistently be one of the 10 best outfielders in the National League

    37 47.44%
  • Bruce must be at least an above average outfielder each season in the National League

    29 37.18%
  • Bruce must be at least an average outfielder each season in the National League

    9 11.54%
  • Bruce must be at least a replacement-level outfielder

    7 8.97%
  • Bruce must make the major leagues at some point

    11 14.10%
  • Bruce must strikeout fewer than 140 times each season

    6 7.69%
  • Bruce must have a lifetime BA w/RISP higher than .250 for his career

    9 11.54%
  • Bruce must average at least 110+ RBIs each season

    5 6.41%
  • Bruce must be on a Reds World Series team

    10 12.82%
  • Bruce must always "hustle" and not "be lazy"

    7 8.97%
  • Bruce must be liked by Marty, Thom, Jeff, Hal, and Lance

    5 6.41%
  • Bruce must play the game like Pete Rose

    3 3.85%
  • Bruce's annual salary must always be below market value

    6 7.69%
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    Your expectations of Jay Bruce

    Let's have some fun with this, shall we?

    Select all that apply in the poll that's coming ...

    Jay Bruce will undoubtedly make his major league debut at some point in the very near future with the Reds, whether it's this season or next season. Despite him not having appeared in one major league game, there already there seems to be an expectation level for Bruce to help the Reds offensively when he arrives in the big leagues.

    Some people seemingly expect Bruce to become a star, and that begs the question ... if Jay Bruce is merely "good" but not a star, will those people be disappointed in him? Will the torches and pitchforks crowd run him out of town when that magical six years of service time creeps up and he suddenly gets expensive? If in 2035 some band isn't recognizing Jay Bruce as being a cultural hero by penning lyrics about him in a popular song (ala Simon and Garfunkel's Mrs. Robinson referencing Joe DiMaggio), will you be disappointed?

    Where have you gone, Jay F'n Bruce?
    A nation turns its lonely eyes to you (woo woo woo)
    What's that you say, Mr. Brennamen?
    Cincy's Boss has left and gone away? (hey hey hey - hey hey hey)


    Six years ago Adam Dunn made his long anticipated debut with the Reds, and now six years later it almost seems as if there's a large fanbase that's disgruntled, frustrated, and disappointed with what Dunn's accomplished so far in his career, despite him developing already into one of the greatest sluggers this franchise has ever seen. Will that happen to Jay Bruce too?

    How high up the pedestal of expectations will you raise Jay Bruce? And if Jay Bruce cannot live up to those possibly lofty expectations, how quickly will you tear him down, boo him off the field, and smash him into pieces?
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    Re: Your expectations of Jay Bruce

    I see him as Jr's replacement after next year in RF. He could be a late season callup in '08, just to get a "taste"; but I think they are looking more to '09.
    "panic" only comes from having real expectations

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    Re: Your expectations of Jay Bruce

    Quote Originally Posted by GAC View Post
    I see him as Jr's replacement after next year in RF. He could be a late season callup in '08, just to get a "taste"; but I think they are looking more to '09.
    Career, GAC, career! Not just next season or in 2009. I'm talkin' about when it's all said and done and Bruce is walkin' away from the game (or leaving the Reds).
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    Re: Your expectations of Jay Bruce

    He's Kid Dynamite......
    "This isnít stats vs scouts - this is stats and scouts working together, building an organization that blends the best of both worlds. This is the blueprint for how a baseball organization should be run. And, whether the baseball men of the 20th century like it or not, this is where baseball is going."---Dave Cameron, U.S.S. Mariner

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    Re: Your expectations of Jay Bruce

    I'd be dissapointed if he proved to only be an average outfielder. Average has it's uses, but it would be a let down. If he can be above average, I'll be satisfied. Anything else is just gravy.

    That said, it certainly appears as if he's capable of playing better than a great many of his peers.

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    Re: Your expectations of Jay Bruce

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone792 View Post
    Career, GAC, career! Not just next season or in 2009. I'm talkin' about when it's all said and done and Bruce is walkin' away from the game (or leaving the Reds).
    I'm not into projecting (guess work) what a player, espcially a minor league player, is going to do career-wise once he reaches the majors.
    "panic" only comes from having real expectations

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    Re: Your expectations of Jay Bruce

    Above average would be find with me, that said I hope he K's a lot to make people angry
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    Re: Your expectations of Jay Bruce

    Im not sure what to vote, but my expectations of him are very high.

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    Re: Your expectations of Jay Bruce

    I expect him to bat 1.000 in his first season, and then improve.
    I expect him to never strike out and to be scrappy.
    I expect him to play all nine positions in the field. At the same time.
    I expect him to walk on water, leap tall buildings at a single bound, heal the sick, raise the dead, cure cancer, end terrorism, be faster than a speeding locomotive, be bulletproof, have Marty love him, and always sign contracts to play for the Reds at below-market rates.
    "Hey...Dad. Wanna Have A Catch?" Kevin Costner in "Field Of Dreams."

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    Re: Your expectations of Jay Bruce

    I would be disappointed if he wasn't the new Thug Life.
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    Re: Your expectations of Jay Bruce

    This poll is rigged. How can I hope for an American baseball hero like Jay Bruce to "become" an American baseball hero?

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    Re: Your expectations of Jay Bruce

    Chuck Norris is scared of Jay Bruce.
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    Re: Your expectations of Jay Bruce

    Anything short of Bruce becoming the next Jim Coombs would be a major disappointment.
    "We know we're better than this, but we can't prove it." - Tony Gwynn

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    Re: Your expectations of Jay Bruce

    I just hope we can retain him when he does become the next Jim Edmonds (as I've heard some "experts" make that comparison).
    "panic" only comes from having real expectations

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    Re: Your expectations of Jay Bruce

    Quote Originally Posted by GAC View Post
    I just hope we can retain him when he does become the next Jim Edmonds (as I've heard some "experts" make that comparison).
    Whoa! I expect Bruce to walk on water and be perfect, but let's not get carried away. "The next Jim Edmonds"? You need to control your expectations. Let's be realistic, shall we?
    "Hey...Dad. Wanna Have A Catch?" Kevin Costner in "Field Of Dreams."


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