December 04, 2010

Show #133: Our Interview with Marlins Beat Writer Clark Spencer

Clark Spencer from the Miami Herald joins us to compare and contrast Bobby and Fredi Gonzalez and to discuss the Dan Uggla acquisition.



147 Responses to “Show #133: Our Interview with Marlins Beat Writer Clark Spencer”

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  1. 26
    Bubdylan Says:

    Steve, do you have new info? Because I’m guessing Pittsb. pays nowhere near 3 million for KK. I’m guessing we’re gonna eat all but 1-2 million just to get it done.

  2. 27
    Bubdylan Says:

    The ATB time stamp is wack. Especially if you’re in ALA. I’m always like “CRAP I’ve got to get to bed…”

  3. 28
    Bubdylan Says:

    ABT, I meant.

  4. 29
    Curt Says:

    DOB has a good piece on Schafer today:

    And an older piece on Uggla I liked:

    “Uggla plays second base. He’s not great defensively, but as one scout said Tuesday, “He’s a Gold Glove second baseman — when he’s in the batter’s box.”

  5. 30
    Nate Says:

    1. Who rebounds first, McOut or Frenchy?

    2. Who is out of baseball first, McOut or Frenchy?

    Answer whichever question you find most appropriate…

  6. 31
    Steve Says:

    Bub – re #26: I read somewhere that the Braves assumed they’d pick up 4.5MM and his 2011 salary is 6.67 (I was thinking it was 7.5).

    Re #29:

    1. McOut never rebounds, Frenchy remains the hitter he is today.
    2. McOut is out of baseball first. People will remain enamored with Frenchy’s power and arm.

  7. 32
    Bubdylan Says:

    A Philly beat writer suggests the Phil are out on Diaz. Let’s hope this is right.

  8. 33
    Nate Says:

    Steve, I thought the same thing after I asked on #29. Frenchy offers enough defensively for some team to want him for a 4th outfielder. Plus, he is decent against lefties, but will Frenchy accept being a 4th outfielder?

    Nate McLouth, as I’ve stated before, is terrible at everything related to baseball: hitting, fielding, throwing, and running. He somehow became a worse base-stealer in 2010, which, at the time, was probably the only upside to his game. If you put him in as a defensive sub he will refuse to attempt to throw runners out and probably lose a pop up in the outfield, which ends up being a 3 base error and possibly costs the team multiple runs. If you pinch hit him he will strike out, most likely with two outs and runners in scoring position in a 1 run game, or he will hit into a dp and kill what could have been a promising inning. If you put him in to pinch run he will get out somehow: miss a sign on a hit and run, get a terrible jump, or trip over his own feet. Nate McLouth is a trainwreck in the form of a baseball player. At least Frenchy can throw.

  9. 34
    Steve Says:

    Nate – I agree 100% on your Nate assessment. HOWEVER . . . his one week of incredible offensive production in September this year was really weird.

  10. 35
    Danny Says:

    Nice interview Steve! I must admit, however, I did not get the answers that I WANTED. Sounds like Fredi will be a younger Bobby! I am still a homer when I talk about next year, but come on! We just have to hope that, unlike Bobby, Fredi will realize that he has too many good bullpen arms to run the best two or three into the ground by July.

    By the way, I would rather have Frenchy too, Nate.

  11. 36
    Bubdylan Says:

    Matty D is a Pirate.

    Cue Jimmy Buffett:

    “Yes I am a Pirate.
    100 years to late.
    Honus don’t play there
    nobody stays there,
    I’m a non-tendered victim of fate.

    Arriving too late. Arriving too late.”

    :( :( :(

  12. 37
    Curt Says:

    There’s a trade in your future, dear Matty, dear Matty
    There’s a trade in your future, dear Matty, a trade

  13. 38
    Leah Says:

    That’s depressing. Poor Matty D. deserves a better fate.

  14. 39
    Anne Says:

    Well, at least he’ll be their best player…for a little while. The sausage races are the best things going on in THAT ballpark. This is worse than losing him.

  15. 40
    Leah Says:

    I’ll miss Diaz less if he takes KK with him.

  16. 41
    Leah Says:

    #Braves are negotiating with former Orioles LH closer George Sherrill, who had career-worst 6.69 ERA in 65 apps in 2010 for Dodgers


  17. 42
    Bubdylan Says:

    No worries, Leah. He’d be a LOOGY and those stats were great even in his terrible year. He might bounce back against righties, but if he doesn’t, I wouldn’t look for him to be used against them.

  18. 43
    Bubdylan Says:

    Left Handed batters hit just .192 against Sherrill last year, with a superyuck .286 OBP. That’s All-Star numbers.

    Right Handed batters, however, batted a gargantuan .427(!) and got on base 51%(!!!) of the time against him.

    In spite of this, Torre pitched him against MORE right handed batters than left!

    His career splits look even better versus lefties, and before last year he was fine against all batters.

    I like the signing, IF Fredi uses him smartly.

  19. 44
    Leah Says:

    ” IF Fredi uses him smartly.” there’s the rub.

  20. 45
    Bubdylan Says:


  21. 46
    Leah Says:

    I just beat the whole family at “Living room putt-putt”. The Rev is sulking.

  22. 47
    Steve Says:

    IMO, there’s no reason to be anything happy about the Sherril signing. Fredi is not a fool. He will know how to use him. This is good, good, good.

  23. 48
    Steve Says:

    IMO, there’s no reason to be anything BUT happy…

  24. 49
    Ham Says:

    I’m with Stevie – I like the Sherril signing. a lot. Wren is a beast. YOu all better hope that he doesn’t want you, cuz if he does, he’s going to get you.

  25. 50
    Steve Says:

    Then again …

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