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#41 Beezer07

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 02:28 PM

it does apply.....but I have seen enough to believe he needs to stop switch hitting. Others disagree. I can accept that. And, yes, other hitters have struggled, but we've documented over and over on these boards that Hicks is well below "struggling" compared to others. This isn't struggling, this is legitimately being outclassed imo. YMMV, of course. I have no issue with you drawing a different conclusion, and I hope he turns it around.

As for the .400 thing......that was in response to, you know, the post above, pointing out that would be an acceptable line for Hicks. I even quoted what I was responding to in the post you replied to.......


I also think he needs to give up on switch hitting, but I have no expertise to back that opinion up.

#42 Mike Sixel

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 02:30 PM

I also think he needs to give up on switch hitting, but I have no expertise to back that opinion up.



I do not either, I freely admit that.

I don't know, it is a site to discuss sports, not airline safety.....maybe we should take it less seriously?


#43 TheLeviathan

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 04:03 PM

I think this threads the needle. If the 25th man, a Bartlett (or Presley), only ever acted as the 25th man, a smiddence of at bats and lots of time on the bench, Bartlett is defensible choice (though with no upside); but the 25th man and the roster spot that player occupies act as insurance against the unforeseeable. You don't have to foresee the injuries to Hicks, Arcia, Willingham, (Fuld), and Buxton, but your insurance policy should be better than Bartlett in Left or Santana in Center.


It's not just injury insurance. It also had to be looked at as insurance against "just in case we need to send this kid down to develop him properly".

That's the far larger mistake here. Injuries are injuries and can't be predicted easily. A young player with confidence issues and a historically bad start to his career? Not exactly fortune telling required.

#44 LaBombo

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 04:12 PM

A young player with confidence issues and a historically bad start to his career? Not exactly fortune telling required.

+10. It's as if they sat down and formulated a plan to perfectly duplicate the 2013 pre-Presley trainwreck in center field.

#45 jokin

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 04:26 PM

+10. It's as if they sat down and formulated a plan to perfectly duplicate the 2013 pre-Presley trainwreck in center field.


Ah yes, color me misty-eyed, nostalgic and tossing pseudo-kudo-sobriquets in the Twins general direction- who in 2013, were actually ahead of where they are today in terms of CF depth and the actual need for an actual OF or two....man, those were the days, an extra-special vast amount of 2013 additional foresight was in play then...what with secret CF weapons, Clete Thomas and language translation consultant Wilkin Ramirez waiting in the "Wings".....

But seriously, how many teams in the history of the MLB have lost....not one....not two....but THREE CFs off their 40-man roster....all in the space of 1.5 months? Well done, Gardy and Antony, well done, indeed.

Edited by jokin, 15 May 2014 - 02:06 AM.


#46 Mike Sixel

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 07:14 AM

Was at the game last night. Those few fans that actually paid attention to the game booed* the "OF" on several occassions.

*the crowd could have been at a concert for all they seemed to care. the booing was more groaning with the intermittent person you could hear from sections away

I don't know, it is a site to discuss sports, not airline safety.....maybe we should take it less seriously?


#47 JB_Iowa

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Posted 16 May 2014 - 03:36 PM