I miss Adam Dunn.
On that there is no question. Most teams would love to have Stubbs long term We need to pull the trigger. As for Jay, he's far from putting up All Star numbers. He came on in the last part of the season and show flashes of brilliance from time to time, but at the risk of being ridiculed, he is a young player, and hopefully will improve. Right now, as seems to be the case for a lot of his MLB career, he's struggling. He will get it figured out sooner than later, but he needs to be more consistent to really be the AS player he has the potential to be.
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda
stolen from Lance's Blog:
Don't look now but Stubbs has been on base at least twice in a game for 9 straight games. I wonder what the team record is?
His on-base percentage is up to .372...that's up from .329 last year and .364 for his minor league career.
In May he's hitting .327 with an OBP of .431.
He's on pace for .281 with 28 HR, 79 RBI, 126 R and 51 SB.
And what an Eric Davis like laser beam he threw to the plate to get Alphonso Soriano last night.
I don't know about attempting to extend him now or at the end of this season, but he's certainly bloosoming into one of the great young all around CFers in the game right now. I wonder how much Dusty worries about moving him on/off the leadoff spot w/ Lewis leading off vs righties, and Stubbs hitting 2nd.
I'd start talking now. What I'd be most concerned about, however, is whether that will increase BP's anxiety over his lack of a long-term deal. Maybe pickup BP's option and extend Stubbs at the same time towards the end of the summer.
One difference to keep in mind with Stubbs is that with the continued progress of both Sappelt and LaMarre, the Reds do have something of a contingency plan that they lacked with Bruce. I don't think either could come close to replacing Stubbs, but they are closer than what anyone in the organization at the time was to Bruce's (potential) production. Stubbs is also almost 3 years older than Bruce. I'd offer something like 5/32 and see what he came back with.
Last edited by Benihana; 05-17-2011 at 02:50 PM.
If you squint hard enough you can look in that rear view mirror and see when there was talk that he was a bust, would never hit in the majors and was definitely no leadoff hitter
My oh my how things have changed
If you wait for a young prospect to pass the tipping point to proven player, you've lost any leverage you might have.
The 2 examples we have are Jay Bruce and Joey Votto. I think the Reds made a good calculated gamble with signing Bruce to a LTC. Has he proven himself? Maybe.
But they missed the boat with Votto and waited too long. They bought up his arb years, but who cares. They'd get those anyhow. All they really got was maybe a little good will.
Where a GM earns the big bucks is sensing when that momentum shift is occuring and the tipping point is about to be reached.
Pay attention to the open sky
Yes, sign him to a LTC.
Honestly, if the Reds were forced financially to cut a player to balance the payroll, Stubbs or Phillips would probably be the last player I'd cut.
A solid CF that can hit like Stubbs is a very rare bird indeed.
I really don't want to go back to the days of guys like Freel, Patterson, and Taveras manning CF.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!
Mind blowing stat of the day for me....
Here we are on the last day of May, and according to fangraphs only 14 position players have a higher WAR than Drew Stubbs.
As far as WAR goes I understand that it combines offensive stats and defensive stats and then comes up with a number that gives you a value for a player based on the wins that player creates compared to a replacement level player.The thing I don't understand is why many people say that you really need to look at a full season and sometimes multiple season for WAR to be valid.To me it should be as cut and dry as the numbers used to come up with it if those numbers are taken seriously and I assume they are.So what's the deal?Sorry to get off subject.