04-14-2012, 06:04 PM #21
04-16-2012, 10:19 AM #22
Willingham replaced Cuddyer. Willingham did not replace Cuddyer and Delmon. If you want to compare Willingham's stats with Delmon's, fine, but then you need to come up with a different replacement for Cuddyer's numbers.
Last edited by WJ; 04-16-2012 at 10:24 AM."Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Sometimes it rains."
04-16-2012, 12:49 PM #23
Friday was a disaster in the field for Delmon. He looked better on Saturday and Sunday.
Delmon looked positively svelte when they showed a side-by-side of him and Prince Fielder (Prince on 3rd, DY on 2nd). But what was up with the 2 HBP and the walk the other day? Positively un-Delmonlike.
Oh, and the Tigers had some definite RISP problems during the Chicago series. Stranded an awful-lot of guys.
04-16-2012, 01:39 PM #24
Mastroianni had a quote during Spring, contrasting the Twins camp to Toronto's, saying that if he made a play like that for Toronto he would get reamed (his word) for it, while Gardy told him quietly in the dugout "let's keep the 360's to a minimum, OK?" Wonder if Gardy was that circumspect with Delmon, though.
04-16-2012, 01:42 PM #25
Probably the most telling thing is that Young is getting replaced for defense in the late innings. You don't see those moves that often any more (although the Rangers do it) with the limited benches that ML teams have now.
04-16-2012, 01:53 PM #26
Picking on Delmon for his defense is not fair, it is like picking on Drew Butera for his offense, Matt LeCroy for his speed or me for my spelling. Defense is something Delmon has to do, not something he wants to do when you have a team of Rivals for the DH position. I don't understand the cult of Delmon, maybe it will click for him and he will take off like it did for Big Papi. (But they test more now then they did when David started to stay healthy and go the other way off the Green Monster. I don't know of a injection for your glove.) What Delmon needs is the old Matt Lawton supersized glove, you know the one that looks like the big camping chair in Menards. It won't help route running and instincts he has yet to pick up after 15 plus years of playing organized baseball, but he could be able to swipe at the ball and maybe knock it down so it will not roll to the fence quite as often, thus saving his legs for his next at bat.
04-16-2012, 01:55 PM #27
I think that:
a. getting rid of Delmon was a bad move.
b. getting rid of him for close to nothing was a worse move and
c. sending him to a division rival was inane.
04-16-2012, 02:09 PM #28
04-16-2012, 02:21 PM #29
I'd keep him as a starting RF or DH (where he belongs) and if the money was an issue I would have not signed Marquis and would have found a better alternative than Capps for half the money. That would make the $ about equal.
04-16-2012, 03:13 PM #30
Yeah, let's make fun of Delmon some more! It's obvious that the Tigers made a bad move in acquiring him and his...
...wait, .380 on-base percentage?
Oh, but his poor fielding has to be costing Detroit ballgames and...
...they're 6-3 and leading the division?
04-16-2012, 03:25 PM #31
Hey, let's put up Jim Thome's blooper reel while we're at it. Oh, that's right, Thome was never asked to field a position."Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Sometimes it rains."
04-16-2012, 03:47 PM #32
04-16-2012, 10:57 PM #33
04-16-2012, 10:58 PM #34
Also, he's been hit three times this year so far. That dramatically aids his OBP in 34 plate appearances.
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04-17-2012, 03:54 PM #38