The Rally Onion wants 150 fans before Opening Day.
It's funny, I would actually like Dusty to be our bench coach. I really do think he understands how to play the game well and works with the players. I just don't want him filling out the lineup card and calling for bunts and whatnot.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
Jay's decision doesn't surprise me in the least. In fact, I was wondering the other day if he'd decide not to.
He had already stated that he would play only to work on his plate dicipline/approach and that when he got it figured out, he'd come home. Kinda looks like he's already figured it out.
"Enjoy this Reds fans, you are watching a legend grow up before your very eyes" ... DoogMinAmo on Adam Dunn
Reads like Mr. Jocketty is going to try to improve the offense through the outfield."I think he's shown a lot of improvement," Jocketty said. "A lot depends on our total offense. If we can pick up the offense in the other positions, maybe we can sacrifice a little bit more at short for the better defense. But we'd like to see him keep impreoving with offense.
"Our defense has always been strong on the right side. Now with Scott [Rolen] and Janish, it's very strong on the left side
His success has everything to do with his decision. If he'd looked like he did the first two weeks (since coming back) when he couldn't muscle the ball out of the infield then you better believe he'd find himself in winter ball somewhereJay Bruce has changed his mind about playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic. Bruce has batted .316 (12-for-38) with four homers and 16 RBIs since returning from a fractured right wrist, but said that had little to do with the decision.
I think this is a bad decision by Jay Bruce.
Get more reps, get more PAs, face pitchers you haven't or don't normally face and work on your pitch recognition.
The power will come back once the wrist is completely healed, but why not use the time to work on helping increase your OBP talents and skills?
Sure, there's always an injury risk with winter ball, but I want to see Bruce continue to hone his craft.
I agree, let the kid rest get strong wipe off 2009 and start fresh, Ive got no problem whatsoever with him doing this, if he goes to spring training and he's swinging for HRs then he should go to AAA, its that simple
How many current Reds are there that don't need more work on their game?
Code:Season .221 .302 .471 .772 Career .239 .309 .461 .769 2008 Cin .254 .314 .453 .767 AB 413 PA 452 2009 Cin .221 .302 .471 .773 AB 340 PA 382 2009 vs. Left .204 .310 .327 .637 vs. Right .227 .299 .529 .828 2008 vs. Left .190 .263 .299 .562 vs. Right .286 .340 .529 .869
The young player Bruce that we love to hope for, is what he is, not what we hope he will be, yet.
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He's OPSing 2.347 vs. lefties since he has returned. If he keeps that up, that will be a good thing.
I've been impressed with his plate approach since his return. While his K rate is still high, he isn't flailing at pitches outside the zone. His overall pitch recognition has improved dramatically....and when that happens....the boy's sweet swing and raw power will carry him into the land of .900 + ops.
Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand
To further work on his game and skills at whatever level is an action, that action may or may not give him the value that he desires. We do know that from repetitions that one is said to have a chance to improve by working on getting the reps and opportunity to be better than they were. Will winter ball or working at home over the winter make the difference, who knows?
Can any of us say and know that Jay Bruce will be able to achieve the levels to have earned his everyday status in the outfield next year as he is now?
Well, I want him to, well I hope he can, I think he will. So? Is it true that he will be able to as he is right now?
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