Agree.Dickerson is also going to be 28 this season where Stubbs will be 25. We have most likely seen Dickerson's ceiling and have yet to see Stubbs' for various reasons.
Dickerson is a 4th OF type where Stubbs at least has the potential to be better than that.
Put Dickerson in the LF competition. Stubbs has shown he's worth getting a fulltime shot in CF. I'd give him his 600 ABs this year -- if he falters, move him down in the order. But you have to see what kind of progress he can make with the bat. There's just too much talent there to ignore.
"Baseball is a very, very complex business. It's more of a people business than most businesses." - Bob Castellini
So we come to the beginnings of a new with a hope in players and a manager being able do what they have not done of recent seasons that have passed. Perhaps baseball luck will be on the fans side in 2010. Center, Left, and right will have to be better than they have been when they step up to the plate.
Last edited by Spring~Fields; 02-17-2010 at 09:22 AM.
Leadoff spot? Yeah, probably given who our manager is (CF and SS almost-always 1-2 in the lineup). But should Stubbs bat leadoff this season? That's debatable. I would prefer to make him earn that spot than just give it to him. I would prefer to see Cabrera lead off, followed by some order of Rolen, Votto, Phillips and Bruce. That would put the LF (Dickerson, Nix, Balentien, Francisco or Heisey) 6th in the lineup, Hernandez 7th and Stubbs 8th.
But Dusty? Yeah, he'll likely concur with you and put Stubbs in the leadoff spot. Will be interesting to see how it goes. I think Drew will struggle a lot this year at the plate, but I would love to be wrong about that.
The way I'd put it is that Stubbs has .800 OPS potential, given his good power. And he is stellar in centerfield.
That's a good combination. I think he is by far the Reds' best centerfield candidate. Dickerson and Heisey are in the left field/reserve outfielder mix IMO.
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