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Old 02-15-2012, 10:24 PM #64
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Speaking of farms, I wish the Royals would actually use their superior farming system, not sell the crops to NYY
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Speaking of farms, I wish the Royals would actually use their superior farming system, not sell the crops to NYY
The royals have traded 3 minor leaguers to the yankees in the history of the franchise, and none of them made it to the show...
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Orioles scouts are now banned from south korean baseball stadiums.

WHY GOD WHY MUST YOU CURSE ME WITH SUCH A FAIL ORGANIZATION!?!?!?!


when does football start again? :sad:
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i lold really damn hard:

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OOps ... just read the Cubs stats

Lillibridge had way fewer plate appearances. He walked at a 7.9% rate and struck out at a 28.7% rate (Kosuke Fukudome was 10.1%/18.2%) Lillibridge has a history of 25+% strikeout rate. He doesn't walk much.

Fukodome is a better player for what the White Sox are trying to do. Konerko will be back. So will Dunn (and he will improve). They want Fukudome to be the patient, annoying hitter he always has been so the Sox can get in to the bullpen and crush the ball.
lillibridge's OPS was like 130pts higher. he can hit for some power, fukudome can't. Fukudome also can't run(4sb, 6 cs) so its not like him getting on base is awesome.
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lillibridge's OPS was like 130pts higher. he can hit for some power, fukudome can't. Fukudome also can't run(4sb, 6 cs) so its not like him getting on base is awesome.
Uh, yea, being on base is a big deal when you have guys like Konerko hitting home runs.

Lillibridge has a little over half a season of worthwhile production. He's 28. He's a career 4th outfielder. This is the first season he's been able to OPS over .700 since he was in Double A. The guy is a scrub. He's your fifth, AAA outfielder, who only comes up after guys go on the DL.

Fukudome has put up good numbers his whole career. And he won't be more than a 4th outfielder/pinch hitter.

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index...th-outfielder/

Getting on base is always awesome. Why? Because it means you didn't make an out. Thats how you score runs. By not making outs. Pitcher has to pitch more means he gets tired quicker. Means you get in to the bullpen sooner. Which means they get stretched thinner and thinner till they're throwing their long relief/crappy relievers out there.
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Anyone who follows NL more than I do - what should I expect out of Kuroda?
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Uh, yea, being on base is a big deal when you have guys like Konerko hitting home runs.

Lillibridge has a little over half a season of worthwhile production. He's 28. He's a career 4th outfielder. This is the first season he's been able to OPS over .700 since he was in Double A. The guy is a scrub. He's your fifth, AAA outfielder, who only comes up after guys go on the DL.

Fukudome has put up good numbers his whole career. And he won't be more than a 4th outfielder/pinch hitter.

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index...th-outfielder/

Getting on base is always awesome. Why? Because it means you didn't make an out. Thats how you score runs. By not making outs. Pitcher has to pitch more means he gets tired quicker. Means you get in to the bullpen sooner. Which means they get stretched thinner and thinner till they're throwing their long relief/crappy relievers out there.
1) Lillibridge is 28 and got his first real shot last year, Fukudome is 34.
2) Lillibridge's OBP was .02pts lower than Fukudome's and he runs better
3) OPS is a MUCH better stat than OBP, which is probably why not many people uses OBP by itself anymore.
4) Lillibridge hit 5 more hr's in 340 less AB's
5) White Sox were 15th in the MLB last year in hr's and 9th in the AL. Adding a slow single hitter isn't going to be some great catalyst(they had Juan Pierre last year after all.
6) .342 isn't even that great an OBP, in fact, it was 69th in the league last year. Not to mention, Fukudome's OBP and OPS weren't good the second half of last season(.300 and .671 respectively), which is a better indicator of how he'll be with the sox, since they are more recent and from the same league and division, than his numbers from when he was with the cubs in the NL.
7) My original intention wasn't even to compare the two players, I was just giving reasons as to why I thought Fukudome would see sparse playing time.
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And he will. He's a fourth outfielder. But not because Lillbridge finally put together a halfway decent half-season.


And I would love it if he were the starting RF for the Nationals. He'd hit leadoff, get on base and make Ian Desmond hit second (or maybe 8th).

BTW, 69th is pretty great considering that every team has at least 9 hitters. Thats like 270 hitters at least. Nats only had two players who got over that.
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Control and the tendency to give up the long ball.
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every team has at least 9 hitters. Thats like 270 hitters at least. Nats only had two players who got over that.
I mean every team has 9 guys expected to go up to bat. To say the mariners have 9 hitters is a bit of a misrepresentation.
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I mean every team has 9 guys expected to go up to bat. To say the mariners have 9 hitters is a bit of a misrepresentation.
Fair enough.

They have two. Montero and Ackley
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Ill give ichiro the benefit of the doubt, and I think Carp's big september wasnt a fluke.

So lets say four hitters.
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Seems like he'll at least be a good 3rd-4th starter. ERA has improved every year albeit in the NL West. That HR number is a little high (24) and Yankee Stadium likely won't help that. I'll be happy if he keeps an ERA in the mid-high 3's.
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Okay, Ichiro I'll give you.

You're asking a lot for Carp. You know who else has great Septembers? Ian freaking Desmond. He sucks. He is one of the worst shortstops in baseball. But every September he seems to "figure it out." But then, next season, there he is, swinging at everything down and away, and not even geting his OBP up to .285.

But don't worry about it dude. Its not like that division is competitive or has good hitting or anything ....
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The impression i get from him is he misses a good amount of bats, but those that do connect drive the ball.

This actually might be a good thing though. Id put more trust in grandy stealing homers than I would in that abortion the yankees call their infield defense not to **** things up.
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But don't worry about it dude. Its not like that division is competitive or has good hitting or anything
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Yeah, Teixiera is our only really good infielder. Cano took a step back last year, Jeter has been declining progressively for a few years, and A Rod (when he was actually playing) was bad.
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Eh, last year was the second best fielding year of Cano's career... That infield is just horrid defensively.
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