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Speaking of tomatoes, major shortages from the deep freeze in Florida... wholesale prices are up 5x over last year.

so you did read the link two posts up Laughing
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Arizona Diamondbacks' Brandon Allen finding comfort zone in batter's box
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Allen hit a rope off the wall yesterday. If it were elevated at all it would have been out, because there was a strong wind blowing that way.
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Nick Piecoro / The Arizona Republic wrote:
First baseman Brandon Allen has been one of the Diamondbacks' better hitters in spring training, and his offensive potential has the organization considering alternate ways to get his bat into the lineup.

Allen has been working in the outfield in recent days, somewhere he hasn't played regularly since high school. He probably won't play there in the Cactus League but could during the minor-league season.

Allen, who is 10 for 27 (.370) with four extra-base hits and six walks, is expected to start the year with Triple-A Reno.

"It's exciting," he said. "If they want me to play somewhere else, I'm all for it. Any opportunity I can get, I'm ready for the challenge. I'm going to work at it and see what happens."

General Manager Josh Byrnes said playing multiple positions can only benefit Allen.

"With (first baseman Adam) LaRoche here, obviously that blocks him," Byrnes said. "We want to open up another avenue for him, and we think he's a good enough athlete to play the outfield."

Byrnes cited the successful moves of Matt Holliday and Brad Hawpe to outfield corners when he was an executive in Colorado, and third-base/outfield coach Bo Porter helped infielder Chris Coghlan move to left field last season while coaching for the Florida Marlins.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Nick Piecoro / The Arizona Republic wrote:
First baseman Brandon Allen has been one of the Diamondbacks' better hitters in spring training, and his offensive potential has the organization considering alternate ways to get his bat into the lineup.

Allen has been working in the outfield in recent days, somewhere he hasn't played regularly since high school. He probably won't play there in the Cactus League but could during the minor-league season.

Allen, who is 10 for 27 (.370) with four extra-base hits and six walks, is expected to start the year with Triple-A Reno.

"It's exciting," he said. "If they want me to play somewhere else, I'm all for it. Any opportunity I can get, I'm ready for the challenge. I'm going to work at it and see what happens."

General Manager Josh Byrnes said playing multiple positions can only benefit Allen.

"With (first baseman Adam) LaRoche here, obviously that blocks him," Byrnes said. "We want to open up another avenue for him, and we think he's a good enough athlete to play the outfield."

Byrnes cited the successful moves of Matt Holliday and Brad Hawpe to outfield corners when he was an executive in Colorado, and third-base/outfield coach Bo Porter helped infielder Chris Coghlan move to left field last season while coaching for the Florida Marlins.


i like it, more you can do the better you can help this team. he is a power LH bat. could always use one of those!

im looking foward to seeing him late in 2010 and full time at 1st in 2011...

that is if adam does not become the NL MVP Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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TAP wrote:
Nick Piecoro / The Arizona Republic wrote:
First baseman Brandon Allen has been one of the Diamondbacks' better hitters in spring training, and his offensive potential has the organization considering alternate ways to get his bat into the lineup.

Allen has been working in the outfield in recent days, somewhere he hasn't played regularly since high school. He probably won't play there in the Cactus League but could during the minor-league season.

Allen, who is 10 for 27 (.370) with four extra-base hits and six walks, is expected to start the year with Triple-A Reno.

"It's exciting," he said. "If they want me to play somewhere else, I'm all for it. Any opportunity I can get, I'm ready for the challenge. I'm going to work at it and see what happens."

General Manager Josh Byrnes said playing multiple positions can only benefit Allen.

"With (first baseman Adam) LaRoche here, obviously that blocks him," Byrnes said. "We want to open up another avenue for him, and we think he's a good enough athlete to play the outfield."

Byrnes cited the successful moves of Matt Holliday and Brad Hawpe to outfield corners when he was an executive in Colorado, and third-base/outfield coach Bo Porter helped infielder Chris Coghlan move to left field last season while coaching for the Florida Marlins.


i like it, more you can do the better you can help this team. he is a power LH bat. could always use one of those!

im looking foward to seeing him late in 2010 and full time at 1st in 2011...

that is if adam does not become the NL MVP Wink


I was thinking is there a chance that Laroche becomes a Type A free agent at the end of the season if we dont pick up his option. If he is what are the chances we offer him arbitration?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Nick Piecoro / The Arizona Republic wrote:
Byrnes cited the successful moves of Matt Holliday and Brad Hawpe to outfield corners when he was an executive in Colorado, and third-base/outfield coach Bo Porter helped infielder Chris Coghlan move to left field last season while coaching for the Florida Marlins.


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But... Mr. Byrnes, Brad Hawpe hasn't made a successful move to the outfield.

He's had UZR/150's of -27.2, -46.6(!), and 25.9. Brutal. That's Adam Dunn bad.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Given the team's depth at 1b, it makes perfect sense.
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How well did Durazo do in RF? How soon we forget.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Given the team's depth at 1b, it makes perfect sense.
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BA reached base 4 times in today's opener, one hit, 3 walks in 6 PA's.

One of the biggest improvements I've seen him make since his time with the big league club last year is his ability to draw walks, which anyone who saw him in the AFL can attest. It's just a matter of getting his swing mechanically sound and him putting everything together... he has a very real shot of being an exciting player for years to come.
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BA reached base 4 times in today's opener, one hit, 3 walks in 6 PA's.

One of the biggest improvements I've seen him make since his time with the big league club last year is his ability to draw walks, which anyone who saw him in the AFL can attest. It's just a matter of getting his swing mechanically sound and him putting everything together... he has a very real shot of being an exciting player for years to come.


i look at him and think a poor mans thome/howard type guy
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SheriffWannaBe wrote:
BA reached base 4 times in today's opener, one hit, 3 walks in 6 PA's.

One of the biggest improvements I've seen him make since his time with the big league club last year is his ability to draw walks, which anyone who saw him in the AFL can attest. It's just a matter of getting his swing mechanically sound and him putting everything together... he has a very real shot of being an exciting player for years to come.


i look at him and think a poor mans thome/howard type guy

A buddy of mine thought we signed Ryan Howard the first time he saw BA bat at the spring training game we went to... Confused
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NJ-DBACKS-FAN wrote:
SheriffWannaBe wrote:
BA reached base 4 times in today's opener, one hit, 3 walks in 6 PA's.

One of the biggest improvements I've seen him make since his time with the big league club last year is his ability to draw walks, which anyone who saw him in the AFL can attest. It's just a matter of getting his swing mechanically sound and him putting everything together... he has a very real shot of being an exciting player for years to come.


i look at him and think a poor mans thome/howard type guy



I made the Ryan Howard comp when AZ traded for him - and Stu beat me up over the head... Laughing
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NJ-DBACKS-FAN wrote:
SheriffWannaBe wrote:
BA reached base 4 times in today's opener, one hit, 3 walks in 6 PA's.

One of the biggest improvements I've seen him make since his time with the big league club last year is his ability to draw walks, which anyone who saw him in the AFL can attest. It's just a matter of getting his swing mechanically sound and him putting everything together... he has a very real shot of being an exciting player for years to come.


i look at him and think a poor mans thome/howard type guy



I made the Ryan Howard comp when AZ traded for him - and Stu beat me up over the head... Laughing


i did the same, but i missed Stu's office
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Has this guy fixed the hole in his swing yet?
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Has this guy fixed the hole in his swing yet?


Looking at the numbers: His K % is still high. over 20% this year compared to 16% last year. 23% for his career.

But his walk % is WAY up, 18% or double his career avg.

He's still hitting with power.

He's looking more and more like TTO guy (Three True Outcomes).......44% of his PA's this year have resulted in either a Walk, a Strikeout, or a Homerun.

The ultimate TTO guy in baseball is probably Mark Reynolds, 52 BB 139 K's and 23 HR in 392 PA, .....55%

Adam Dunn, 46 BB, 122K, 23 HR in 406 PA....47%
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I'd rather have people hit for average rather than power.
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7 HRs in last 7 days for Reno....
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I'd rather have people hit for average rather than power.


Have you ever heard the saying, "a walk is as good as a hit"?
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7 HRs in last 7 days for Reno....


Isn't this when he got hot last year too?
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I'd rather have people hit for average rather than power.


Have you ever heard the saying, "a walk is as good as a hit"?
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But it's not. A walk can't score a runner from second; a single can.
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I'd rather have people hit for average rather than power.


Have you ever heard the saying, "a walk is as good as a hit"?

My old little league coach used to say that. I was always the lead-off hitter and I led my team in walks every single year of little league, and that saying is total bullshit. The runner from 2nd never scores on a walk, nor does the guy on 1st ever advance to 3rd cuz of the BOB.

A walk is not as good as a hit. It is as good as not making an out.
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dirtygary wrote:
Jdub wrote:
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I'd rather have people hit for average rather than power.


Have you ever heard the saying, "a walk is as good as a hit"?

My old little league coach used to say that. I was always the lead-off hitter and I led my team in walks every single year of little league, and that saying is total bullshit. The runner from 2nd never scores on a walk, nor does the guy on 1st ever advance to 3rd cuz of the BOB.

A walk is not as good as a hit. It is as good as not making an out.


Those things can happen on a walk, it just takes some creative baserunning Wink
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dirtygary wrote:
Jdub wrote:
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I'd rather have people hit for average rather than power.


Have you ever heard the saying, "a walk is as good as a hit"?

My old little league coach used to say that. I was always the lead-off hitter and I led my team in walks every single year of little league, and that saying is total bullshit. The runner from 2nd never scores on a walk, nor does the guy on 1st ever advance to 3rd cuz of the BOB.

A walk is not as good as a hit. It is as good as not making an out.


Depends on the situation. Is a walk ALWAYS as good as a hit? Of course not. But sometimes a walk is BETTER. Just a couple of examples IMO - of course also depending on the level - leading off a game, I'd rather my players take some pitches and earn a walk rather than hit the first pitch for a hit. Gives the rest of the team a look at what the pitcher has. Or at a point in the game when we are trying to run up an opposing pitcher pitch count. Or if a pitcher is wild a walk can lead to more pitches and more chances of advancing runners on pb or wild pitches...
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