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Thread: Is Jay Bruce now the starting center fielder?

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    Is Jay Bruce now the starting center fielder?

    My question is does this trade now make Jay Bruce the favorite to start in center field in 2008. We could still see Krivsky sign a established center fielder like Mike Cameron, but why do that when you can pay Bruce the minimum next year. I think it definitely gives him the edge. I made a mistake in creating the poll; I meant to ask if you believe he will be starting in 2008, not 2009.
    Last edited by AmarilloRed; 12-22-2007 at 06:41 PM. Reason: Edit the Poll's Title

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    Re: Is Jay Bruce now the starting center fielder?

    I think we will see a constant lineup shuffle in the OF like April of last year...
    "On-base percentage is great if you can score runs and do something with that on-base percentage," Baker said. "Clogging up the bases isn't that great to me."

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    Re: Is Jay Bruce now the starting center fielder?

    Quote Originally Posted by *BaseClogger* View Post
    I think we will see a constant lineup shuffle in the OF like April of last year...
    agreed, but I wish it would be Bruce's to lose.

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    Re: Is Jay Bruce now the starting center fielder?

    I would love to see him win the job in the spring, but I could definitely see Baker taking a liking to Hopper or Freel. They have the speed Baker likes from his CF, as well as the scrappiness to appeal to the manager.

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    Re: Is Jay Bruce now the starting center fielder?

    If it turns out Bruce needs a little more time in AAA, I'd like to see the Reds give Chris Dickerson a fair chance in CF in 08. With Dunn in left and Jr in right Dickersons' CF defense would be a godsend if he can even approach his AAA offense in Cincy.

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    Re: Is Jay Bruce now the starting center fielder?

    They won't say it but he's the starting center fielder.
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    Re: Is Jay Bruce now the starting center fielder?

    I would start him in spring training 2/3 of the time and go from there.
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    Re: Is Jay Bruce now the starting center fielder?

    he's clearly the favorite. I think hopper likes the reserve role where he can pinch hit and play defense for dunn late in games. Freel should be mostly backup infielder so Bruce clearly has to be the choice with mr. chris dickerson being second in line. Dickerson has worked his way up and deserves his chance also. If Cameron comes in he can step in for bruce if he struggles and if bruce doesn't cameron would be a great weapon off the bench.

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    Re: Is Jay Bruce now the starting center fielder?

    I'll make a prediction now and say that Hopper is the starting CF batting leadoff on opening day, with Bruce on the bench. Not because Bruce isn't ready, but because Baker wants a "leadoff" guy to set the rest of the lineup.

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    Re: Is Jay Bruce now the starting center fielder?

    I don't think Bruce will sit on the Reds bench. He will either start every day for the Reds, or he will play every day in Louisville.


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