Well I think Javy came to camp looking like a dirigible.
Maybe he needs to stop working on the buffet table.
I'm hardly concerned about this on the first day. Classic overreaction.
Get your nunchucks and the keys to your dad's car. I know where we can get a gun
Before we draw and quarter Javy, it might be advisable to take into account that the guy doesn't exactly have a overwhelming command of the english language. That quote looks a.) like it could be a bit out of context and b.) has something lost in translation (so to speak). I could easily read into it that Javy was saying the kid can bring it, put him in the bull pen or whatever, just make sure you keep him around. (the glass is still half full)
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Looks like the coaches were a little more "overawed"....or at least more media savvy :
I talked to experts about the young arms today. Both Dick Pole and Dusty Baker were impressed by Monday's first session by the guys they hadn't seen.
"I try not to get too excited about one bullpen session," Pole said. "But we've got some good arms. I was really impressed with the arm strength of (Johnny) Cueto, (Edinson) Volquez and (Josh) Roenicke. You can't teach a good fastball."
Said Baker: "They're looking good. Some guys ahead of other guys, especially the ones who play played Winter Ball. They have a big advantage because they're ready. They looked real good. But we've got good arms in this camp. Good young arms. Good veterans arms.
"Hopefully, we'll have a big pot to chose from."
Baker mentioned Scott Sauerbeck, the left-hander from Northwest High and Miami University, as one of the impressive veteran arms. That's the second time Baker's singled out Sauerbeck. Sauerbeck pitched last year in the minors for Houston and Toronto. He's 20-17 with 3.82 ERA in 487 big league games.
BMO, the positive statements that come out of early spring training are rarely predictive, unless such statements are about a pretty obscure player. Volquez's trade partner Josh Hamilton, for instance, drew enormous praise last year
early negative comments, on the other hand, are more likely to come home to roost.
By the way, his offspeed stuff looks fine to me.
Last edited by Tommyjohn25; 02-19-2008 at 02:42 PM.
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