Thurston over Conrad, eh? Might have a point about Thurston being more used to that role. Lower risk, lower reward. Better to turn the line up over with Thurston or is it better to have either a strike out or a huge, exciting XBH?
It’s nice to have a Spring battle that’s that clean. Just let them go at it and may the best man win.
I’m glad to hear Martin say Norton knows how to hit, just couldn’t do it. That his bat speed let him down. Because I like him as a guy a lot, and that makes it sound like he can excel at his new job. Next to Kelly Johnson, he’s my favorite couldn’t-cut-it-here guy that I want to see succeed in the game elsewhere.
So, what is the Chipperless line up? Is it Infante or is it Hinske? Do we know? And what is the McLouthless outfield? Heyward/Melky/Diaz? Right now, McLouth is my biggest concern up and down the entire team. It seems like his failure is the one we are least prepared to endure.
Bub, it’s funny you mention McLouth, because he is my biggest concern as well. I know that he couldn’t see and was on a bum leg last year and that he should be a different player this year. I get all of that, intellectually, but my gut just isn’t buying it. Hopefully, of course, I’m wrong.
When Chipper is out, I think there will be a few different configurations. Both Glaus and Prado can play either 1st or 3rd and Infante can play 2nd. For the outfield, I would think the main replacement for McLouth will be Melky with Diaz in Left and Heyward in Right. And Bobby will throw Hinske in a corner spot from time to time as well.
Do you think they are going to move Glaus around? I honestly think it would screw him up more to go back and forth. I think if he is the guy at first, he needs to stay there. Plus, fewer throws for his shoulder to take. Brooks Conrad has also been playing some third this spring, so he’s an option. Maybe let Diory play SS and move Yuni to 3rd? Infield of the future?
Really positive interview with Schafer this morning on 790. He might be saying all the right things, but I bought it. He sounds very confident in his ability and his return. He also sounded humble about his situation and understands that he is going to have to work hard to get back to Atlanta. Dimino also pointed out what a tremendous defensive player he is and how great it would be to have him back and contributing to the OF depth. Gotta be pulling for that guy. I think he made a mistake playing hurt last year, but I think he was overwhelmed with the idea that he had one shot and didn’t want to let people down. His re-emergence could be huge for this team.
I just gave the Schafer replay a listen. Jordan’s in the perfect spot to regain his value. He’s not about to be traded, with our CF spot in potential limbo (even if McLouth fully rebounds, he’s only under contract this and next year). And he’s not about to be promoted any time soon, and knows that. So, that should be the recipe for patience.
Here is a pretty hilarious line from a great Peter Gammon’s article about Heyward. Man, this is getting crazy.
‘But that discipline is one of the things that will make Heyward’s jump to the big leagues easier. Through Monday he had five walks, one homer, five hits and one strikeout in 12 plate appearances, and Cox says that one strikeout came on two bad calls.’
The Gammons article, coupled with DOB’s latest blog has my Heyward euphoria at an all time high. Which is saying a lot given the levels it’s been at.
I CANNOT WAIT to see the game tonight. With what will likely be our regular season line up against RH pitchers. And against Halladay. Good God, I have not been this excited about a freaking ST game in a long, long time.