I think we should put gordon at ss, cruz at 2nd with hamram playing third where he has less errors this will bring speed to the lineup like no other.
I would give her a ball maybe two!!!!!!!!
as far as SS and 2nd are concerned, i think that Dee can grow into a better SS i know hanley has been crappy there for the last 7 years, every time he makes a throw it is an adventure to say the least, i think he should be moved to 2nd, he wouldn't have to make the same difficult throws and would still be able to use his natural athleticism
He is Juan Pierre with even less power, no bunting ability that we've seen thus far, and pitchers are even less afraid to throw him strikes. I'd like to see him back in the minors to fine tune his fielding and do two things to better his hitting.
Firstly - work on bunting. He needs to learn how to bunt like JP and Raffy. If the corners are in, slap a bunt at the shorstop.
Secondly - lift weights and eat some f'in food. I know it would likely slow him down slightly, but I'd much rather see him with an extra 15lbs of good muscle if it would help him put a little more pop on ball.
Doing these two things would help him immensely. If he could hit the ball hard enough down the lines, the infield would be less likely to take away bunts or slow rollers. Additionally, pitchers would be less likely to take the "here it is, get yourself out" approach which may result in more walks.
The hopeful result is an increase to his OBP. He doesn't need to hit homers, but strength and a new tool to reach base will open many more options for getting on board. After all, what good is speed if you can't use it?
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ok, some of you thought I was too quick to judge Dee after basically just one half of baseball. Well, let's throw out some numbers, and those of you who disagree with me can tell me what positives you see in these numbers that maybe I am missing:
These are based on at least 300 PA's
BA .228-27th in MLB (last in NL)
OBP .280-26th in MLB (3rd worst in NL)
OPS .561-30th in MLB (last in NL)
Walks-Averaged a walk every 15 AB's (as a leadoff hitter no less)
Strikeouts-Averaged a strikeout once in less than every 5 AB's
His strikeout to walk ratio was 4:1 THE WRONG WAY
Caught Stealing one out of every 3 attempts (65% success rate is TERRIBLE for a base stealer)
12 TOTAL extra base hits in over 300 AB's
....not enuff for you, let's see how he did with the glove:
His 18 errors tied for 4th worst in all of MLB (in half as many games as anyone else)
His .946 fielding pctg was BY FAR the worst in all of MLB
He averaged an error every 4 games
Can anyone please point out some positives, anywhere?
Last edited by DodgerBlueMike; 10-11-2012 at 02:58 PM.
LOL at looking at RBI's for a leadoff hitter
Where is there any mention of RBI in those numbers?
Like I said when I originally posted this.....maybe some of the blame needs to fall on the shoulders of Dodger management. Maybe they have not demanded that he learns how to bunt....maybe they have not given him the learning tools like a winter with Bret Butler or Maury WIlls, maybe they are not teaching him the strike zone....I dont know.....all I know is what I saw during the first half and he was, in my mind, one of the 3-5 worst SS in all of baseball....and the numbers I posted above show NOTHING positive at all.
He was pretty bad this year, I agree, but he's a young kid learning the ropes, Gordon jumped on the scene last year a la Luis Cruz this year, I think Cruz will start the year as our 3B/SS but if he struggles the leash IMO will be short, Cruz hasn't shown anything in the past, so he still has to earn it
I totally understand the fact that Dee was/is young and he was learning on the job.....but at the end of the season, was there anything positive that he did that made you say "well he really helped us here or I see alot of upside in this area or that area...."
For me, I didn't see one thing, literally not one thing offensively, defensively, or on the bases that made me think of how he can help this team next year or in the future.