That hit was plenty fair. Atleast by a quarter of an inch.
MLB network did their top RF's in the game segment this past off-season and I thought it was pretty pathetic that he was not top 10. He's EASILY top 5 and, when you consider his age, I can't think of anyone I'd take over him if I was starting a franchise
He also might have an easier time garnering votes as an OF as opposed to 1B where Votto had 5-6 all star caliber players to compete with.
Definitely ahead of Bruce:
Kemp, Braun, Berkman, Holiday, Pence (only logical Astros All-Star, but has had a great season)
Right in the middle of: CarGo, Prado, Beltran, McCutchen, Stubbs.
The way he is trending, him and Cargo should leave that group in the dust and jump into the upper tier. The only problem is going to be guys like Victorino, and maybe Ethier and Corey Hart potentially taking spots due to their teams stuffing the ballots. Especially Mil and Philly with the crowds they draw.
"Today was the byproduct of us thinking we can come back from anything." - Joey Votto after blowing a 10-1 lead and holding on for the 12-11 win on 8/25/2010.
Jay Bruce and Ryan Braun are now tied for first in the NL with 12 home runs. Which is amazing because it was already determined that Bruce is NOT Ryan Braun.
He was always going to start hitting.
The thread was mindless when it started, and it's just been proven to be more mindless as time has proven what it always does in baseball. That players will invariably find their level over a larger sample size.
Consider he's less than a week older than Yonder Alonso.
He hit .230 in April. He was not going to continue that pace.
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