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    I'll be the first to admit I thought it was...

    I'll be the first to admit I thought it was beyond stupid when they put Santana in CF but I've come around on the idea. He's made some bad plays & bad throws but he has made some big improvements...
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    People keep bringing up OBP like it trumps every...

    People keep bringing up OBP like it trumps every other stat. Hicks batted .192 last yr. & is at .198 this yr. but BAM!...his OBP is .338. His SLG% is .262, which is #295 out of 300 players with...
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    It's possible to make a good case for a number of...

    It's possible to make a good case for a number of pitchers. That's a huge improvement from previous years. While I said Darnell deserved it based on his stats, there are other pitchers who could...
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    I wouldn't pick Darnell only on being LH but he...

    I wouldn't pick Darnell only on being LH but he deserves it based on his stats. My opinion is it is a benefit to have a LH starter against certain team's lineups. Yankee stadium is a good example.
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    I'm not a big fan of a 13 man staff either but...

    I'm not a big fan of a 13 man staff either but maybe it is the best answer. Parmelee doesn't have much of a role since Morales signed. Cut Parmelee, send Deduno to the pen & call up either May or...
  6. Baseball Reference is incorrect. He's only had...

    Baseball Reference is incorrect. He's only had 156 PA all year. It shows him as having only 6 PA as a LH batter all year.

    Fan Graphs shows he has had 20 PA vs. RH pitchers as a RH batter. He has...
  7. We are all just speculating but maybe Brunansky...

    We are all just speculating but maybe Brunansky or Gardy had multiple meetings with Hicks trying to get thru to him without much success. At that point maybe they thought calling him out might work...
  8. I understand. I doubt pitchers are very afraid...

    I understand. I doubt pitchers are very afraid of him & they certainly aren't trying to walk him but it happens a fair amount of the time. Yes, he fouls off a fair amount of pitches, works the count...
  9. Hicks is good at one thing right now. NOT...

    Hicks is good at one thing right now. NOT swinging the bat & hoping the pitcher walks him. That skill can only take you so far. At some point a ML player needs to be able to actually hit the ball.
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  10. As long as a player performs at a high level it...

    As long as a player performs at a high level it doesn't matter what his personality is. But when you hit .192 for two straight years they are going to question it regardless.

    When Mauer is...
  11. I doubt they will cut ties with him just yet....

    I doubt they will cut ties with him just yet. Hopefully he will figure things out in the minors although I don't have all that much confidence he will.

    I'd love to think it will play out like...
  12. I agree, the first 3 picks are really exciting....

    I agree, the first 3 picks are really exciting. Burdi & Cederoth were both talked about as 1st round guys & most experts thought the Tigers would take Burdi in the 1st round. Burdi coud be a light...
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    A starting pitcher is the most important player...

    A starting pitcher is the most important player on the field. Kevin Correia allows a BAA of .312 while Yu Darvish is @ .210. By your logic, that means the pitcher is only effecting a small ( 10%) of...
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    I try very hard to not have to listen to Gladden...

    I try very hard to not have to listen to Gladden but that was my #1 pet peeve. You could get into the car & have no idea who was winning for a very long time.

    Another was he missed a fair share...
  15. They also managed to acquire a very good SS in...

    They also managed to acquire a very good SS in trade for Gomez. Right now, they would have trouble getting anyone of value for Hicks.

    I really, really hope he turns into a productive ML player...
  16. According to a BA article it was as a sophomore...

    According to a BA article it was as a sophomore in high school.
  17. None of those players struggled anywhere close to...

    None of those players struggled anywhere close to Hicks level. Most of them didn't struggle all that much. Knoblauch was ROY, Hrbek was 2nd for ROY ( behind Ripken I believe).

    Gomez had the...
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    I think Hicks would have been much better off...

    I think Hicks would have been much better off getting some AAA experience rather than being thrown into the situation he has been. Even with Hicks, there should be a better option than having a MI...
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    If you need a guy who can take a walk the answer...

    If you need a guy who can take a walk the answer is Hicks, otherwise not so much. That's the only thing Hicks has shown the ability to do so far .. not swing the bat & hope they walk him.

    Hicks...
  20. I wouldn't be quite that hard on them. I'd...

    I wouldn't be quite that hard on them. I'd prefer Kolek if he's available but there are definitely questions or concerns about him. Anyone that throws that hard is a candidate for TJ surgery. He...
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    Are you really using Pat Neshek as an example of...

    Are you really using Pat Neshek as an example of Andersons failure's? For starters, Neshek was dominating for the first two years he pitched for the Twins. Does Anderson get any credit for that or...
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    Every team has this history. Players who are...

    Every team has this history. Players who are really good often play SS growing up. Justin Upton, Adam Jones & Mike Moustakas were all drafted in the 1st rnd as SS but I don't think anyone thought...
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    I'm not even a Anderson fan but this seems nit...

    I'm not even a Anderson fan but this seems nit picking. I also don't think Anderson has an ironclad reputation. He has plenty of critics...some of which is well deserved.

    Lohse definitely...
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    I don't know. They both have a chance to succeed...

    I don't know. They both have a chance to succeed or fail completely but so far Hicks is the one who has shown he can't hit ML pitching( so far).

    I like Santana more than most since I believe he...
  25. I'll give them some slack. Having this many...

    I'll give them some slack. Having this many injuries compounds the situation but they still could have done a much better job. Kubel & Colabello slotted into the corner outfield spots for Arcia &...
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