Morneau looks frustrated-time for a change?
Posted 02 July 2012 - 10:49 AM
Posted 02 July 2012 - 10:55 AM
Posted 02 July 2012 - 01:18 PM
I figure it's one of three things A) He's hurt his concussions have disrupted his brain enough that he won't ever be able to "see" the ball as well as he had in years past and, with his age, he'll continue to play like this. Good power when he connects but lots of strike outs and bad at bats or C) He's still incredibly rusty from not playing much the last few years and, when he has played, has been dinged up. He needs a lot of at bats to shake the cobwebs out but, as the summer progresses he'll start coming back to normal, finish the season strong and give us reason to hope that next season will be a strong one for him.
I think it's more C than B but it could be A. He's hitting righties pretty well so I think it's just a matter or repetition for him to get back to more or less normal. It'll take a while but I think the Twins have to keep him in the lineup to find out either way. I have no problem if Gardy wants to move him down the order.
I hope and have hoped and continue to hope that it's C). I don't think anyone (maybe even Morneau himself?) knows which is true. So I guess I'll keep hoping.
Posted 02 July 2012 - 01:45 PM
Posted 02 July 2012 - 01:59 PM
I hope I'm wrong but I don't think Morneau will come back, at least not to what he was before. He may regain some form, but he'll never be like he was before 2010.
The thing that makes me feel like nobody really knows what's going on (includnig the player, possibly) is that you could likely have made that same statement right now even if he hadn't had any health concerns or basically missed a season and a half without getting major league at bats. He's 31. Obviously that's not an age where players are always done or even close, but it's likely past prime. And with how much he absolutely raked in '10 (and to lesser extent the several years prior), it's almost a given that he never would have touched that from this point on even without the other setbacks.
Posted 02 July 2012 - 02:19 PM
Posted 02 July 2012 - 05:34 PM
His mechanics are terrible and he looks like he's afraid to stay in...especially against LH pitching. Either he gets over it, or he doesn't. Right now, he's no where close and is swinging at pretty much everything.
I agree with this...remember how for a week or two he was really in a groove after his wrist supposedly was better. Before the season started I really thought his career was over, and was happy when he was able to play every day. But it is obvious that there is something really wrong right now. I hope he can figure it out. We need him.
Posted 02 July 2012 - 07:27 PM