Tag:Corey Patterson
Posted on: July 31, 2008 5:00 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2008 3:18 pm

And replacing Griffey, here comes.....oh S#@%....

First of all, I am a supporter of trading Griffey. He was going to leave after this season anyway, and at least we got something for him, even if we still do have to cover his contract (which i still don't get, but then again I've never understood the business of baseball). This trade will be the right thing...probably.  But looking at it right now, this hurts. Who's playing for Griffey now? Hopper and Freel are both probably done for the year. Hairston's on the DL. Which means that the frontrunner for the spot is, our buddy, Corey I-have-a-worse-average-than-half-th
e-pitching-staff Patterson. That's just great. We just gave Dusty a legitimate reason to play that guy (okay, legitimately he should be in Seattle's rookie league or something, but let's face it; we all know he's not leaving this season.) Of course, Hairston should return soon, but is he really a long-term outfield fix? I'm not entirely convinced this isn't just his career year and he doesn't return to being a below average player after this year (.260 career average and only one other season batting over .270). And according to popular belief, Dunn is also done in Cincy after this year. That leaves us with only one sure thing in the outfield. As far as I know, we don't have any other real prospect outfielders to bring up (Stubbs would be the closest and he's only at High A). Sure, after this season we'll be okay not having Griffey....I think (see my next entry for thoughts on that). But for right now....well, lets just hope Patterson breaks his leg or something. It would be too much to ask for one of our BAD players to get hurt, wouldn't it?

EDIT: Thank god Hairston was able to return immediately. The thought of Patterson getting regular playing time gives me nightmares. Regardless, I still don't think Hairston is the long term fix.

Posted on: May 30, 2008 10:44 am
Edited on: May 30, 2008 10:47 am

THANK GOD! Bruce is here!

Dear God, they FINALLY did it. The Reds made, dare I say it...a smart move. While I question the removal of Hatteberg (guy bats around .290 for his career, great glove and is left-handed. If anything else, he'd be good trade material late in the season. Heck, Jeff Conine got a good deal last year, and he bats .260), we did what mattered, which is get Bruce the heck up to the majors. And how does he respond? Six straight appearences on base. Only one player has ever gotten more to start off their career. Ever. No, he won't keep this up all season, but he can be at least as productive as Patterson is. 0-8 in a game where your team gets more than 20 hits?!? That's a DOUBLE golden sombraro, ladies and gentlemen. The average monkey can do better than that. Certainly the #1 prospect in America can. Even if he does go 0-8, at least he'd be learning against valid competition. The way he was playing in the minors, you'd think he was Jesus reincarnated into a inhuman-slugging-percentage-batting
form. There is a reason we were willing to let go of Hamilton. The loss of a superstar centerfielder is okay when you have another coming down the pipeline. And now he's finally proving it. He won't make the all-star game, or challenge the Triple Crown. At least not this year. But a year or two from now...well, lets just say I don't think Josh Hamilton will be remembered much.
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