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Monday, March 04, 2013

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I think ruf is in same spot brown was a few years ago. Hope news is good about d young ankle.

Isn't Ruf a year older than Brown?

Good news about DYoung's ankle would probably resemble this: "Looks like retirement is your only option."

Fatalotti: But most analysts will tell you why they say it. Even Wheels will say why he refers to someone that way.

Posted by: The Truth Injection | Monday, March 04, 2013 at 07:52 PM

Yeah, Wheels referred to both Placido Polanco and Matt Stairs as "professional hitters". The two couldn't be more different in their hitting approach.

Point being, the term is just a filler term. It means nothing.

I think ruf is in same spot brown was a few years ago. Hope news is good about d young ankle.

Posted by: The Hook | Monday, March 04, 2013 at 08:07 PM

If Ruf continues to struggle and if Brown continues to rake (neither of which are certainties, despite the talk on BL lately), I'd just as soon see Brown in RF and a Mayberry/Nix platoon in LF instead of Young. Those two are better defensively than Young and have as much power (and better walk skills) when used wisely. Young only made sense as an insurance policy in the even that Ruf and Brown both were unable to hold down a spot--if even one of them proves successfull, Nixberry can do whatever Young could give us.

Fatalotti: No. The point is the term takes on different meaning depending on who is batting. Again- it is a silly baseball term but it is clear how and why announcers use it.

"Fatalotti: No. The point is the term takes on different meaning depending on who is batting."

That's exactly what I said, and why it bothers me. There are lots of other terms that actually do a good job of describing a hitter, by themselves.


"Fatalotti: No. The point is the term takes on different meaning depending on who is batting."

That's exactly what I said, and why it bothers me. There are lots of other terms that actually do a good job of describing a hitter, by themselves.


I am getting off this circle.

Hook, disagree.

Ruf will get far more rope than they gave Brown becasue of an important difference:

He's a potential RH power bat.

At teh time Brown was first called up, Utley, Howard and Ibanez all populated the lineup, so there was less "need" for someone from that side of the plate.

Also, Ruf is far older than was Brown. It's sink or swim time, and they should find out which it will be.

If the important pitchers on this team avoid catastrophic injury, they're making the playoffs. Adams is part of that group.

That Raul Ibanez is a real professional hitter.

btw, Tried to catch some local coverage of today's game on post-gazette.com. Doesn't exist. I think the reporter they sent to cover camp is just hangin at the beach.

I think if we outlawed the term "professional hitter" and every other baseball cliché that is devoid of any actual meaning our broadcast crew would provide us with more quiet time than Harry and Whitey ever managed to do.

Let's get JW to use his clout with Comcast to make that happen.

Unless Ruf goes on a tear, he'll probably end up in AAA to start the year. But that was always the most likely outcome.

Question: Can one be both "scrappy" and a "professional hitter" or are the terms not able to be applied to the same player?

Also, can a defender be "scrappy" and "slick-gloved"?

"Let's get JW to use his clout with Comcast to make that happen."

This supports my conspiracy theory that JW is actually clout!

I think a scrappy player is an ugly/under-talented but effective white player. I don't think they can be a slick gloved player. Seems like there would be some overlap in a Venn Diagram between scrappy and professional hitters.

Polanco was "slick gloved" and a "professional hitter"

jbird: who makes the team over Ruf?

Revere, Brown, Mayberry, Nix, Ruf seem like the logical fit to me.

Rule 5 guy and Jermaine Mitchell are the only other possible contenders in my opinion, and they are far off.

Hamels vs Dominician Team today, should be interesting to see how he fares.

lore, yep, Hamels is likely to face a squad populated by MLB players.

It will be a good test, though, as we know, it's ST so he may be working on some stuff and not necessarily produce good results.

Papa = Pap

Murph also has a new projected roster up:

http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/phillies/20130305_Projecting_the_Phillies__Opening_Day_roster.html


Inciarte on the opening day roster and Ruf to AAA.

Does Murph know something we don't?

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