I would be bold as brass if I was confident in my knowledge of the system. Also math has never been my strong suit so all those numbers make me nervous. That’s why I like this community. It makes me baseball smart.
., there ain’t no way it’s going to be Dan Uggla. We’ve got a 2nd baseman and his name is Martin Prado. Martin will be our starting 2nd basemen in 2010. And the big bat will be patrolling some position in the outfield. Believe it.
I agree with Curt. DOB, I think it was him, made a great point that Uggla is a subpar fielder (to put it mildly) and his average was a low 243 and not to mention 150 K’s. Even though he did hit 31 HRs, I hope we can set our sights a bit higher than Uggla
I would like to point out another similarity between Hanson and Heyward: they’re both big men.
This isn’t a small thing (no pun…). I have no statistical evidence, nor any intention of finding any, cuz I have the blogger’s golden key: a hunch. When big men enter the majors, it gives them a huge (no pun…) advantage over a regular sized guy with the same skill set.
Baseball is mental, and the opposing pitchers (or in Hanson’s case, opposing hitters) aren’t immune to the ancient mystique of big dudes. Baseball is a game of confidence and rhythm, and it’s as much about the opponent’s confidence and rhythm as it is your own. Basically, the pitcher isn’t going to feel about Heyward the same way he would a smaller rookie. He’s going to have a little fear. Conversely, Heyward himself will have less. That’s just how it goes with big men. Especially when they have a calm head.
I’ve got your back, . , when it comes to Heyward but I’m not so sure about Uggla. We need an outfielder way worse. You know Bobby will start Chipper. No way he sits on the bench and as pretty as Dan’s eyes are he doesn’t always field the ball very well. And, well you’re still my favorite…letters or no letters.
., not to bring reality into it, but where does Chipper go? Because both he and the team have said he’s not moving to 1st (nor does it make sense – he’d be brutal there). So, in the Uggla fantasy, either Prado or Chipper are on the bench?
Steve, first you say “not to bring reality into it,” and then you say something that does do that. Why do you want to hurt me?
(Prado to bench until Chipper is hurt or batting below .240, then Prado to 3rd.
In other words, Prado plays 3rd 100 games or more)
Bobby won’t have anything to do with it. In Bubworld, Bobby will have been declared mentally unfit by Frank Wren in a scandalous news conference revealing Bobby’s secret 5 year french kissing relationship with the Gatorade cooler.)
Steve, I just like Uggla. I like known commodities. Like Adam Dunn would have been this year.
But I have no idea if he’s the best option for the Braves. I think Atlanta is in a position of need, but also in a position of strength (trading pitching), so mostly I’m just being goofy, trusting Wren to get somebody good. There will be a bunch of stuff on his table, and I expect him to pick the best bat he can get for the most reasonable cost.