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Postby Deuce » Mon Mar 28, 2005 6:27 pm

Get over it. If Pudge is mentally in the game, the lack of steroids are not going to make him a less than average catcher. He has and can hit. A little less weight, should make him more nimble behind the plate and allow him to play more often.

How many catchers are going to bat .300 with 25-30 homeruns?
Pudge will be one of them.
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Postby Jimbo OZ » Mon Mar 28, 2005 9:44 pm

Deuce wrote:How many catchers are going to bat .300 with 25-30 homeruns?
Pudge will be one of them.

Certainly not Pudge. He won't come anywhere near 25-30 HRs. He will probably hit .300 but 20 bombs would be his max IMO. Now that he is slimmer he might steal some more bases though. Maybe 10-15.
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Postby RC » Tue Mar 29, 2005 9:10 am

Sorry guys,

I should have known better than to drop a hint like that without linking it or explaining.

Anyway, early in Spring Training, there was a 'Baseball Weekly' sidebar in the National Post (one of Canada's National Newspapers). Unlike the Toronto Sun, it's a very reputable publication and they tend to be the best source for baseball news.

Long story short, there was a tidbit about how Pujols showed up to ST noticably 'smaller' than the previous seasons and La Russa was getting grilled about it. At the time, it was a red flag for me, but with him tearing the cover off the ball this pre-season, it's no longer a concern.

Besides, it will likely help him with his plantar fascitis. Also, he's on the cover of Men's Health this month and talks about how 'he carries a little more fat than some' to help with his strength and power. He likely trimmed down over the off season and then he puts weight on as the season progresses, which he also talks about in the short write-up.
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Postby baseballnewb » Tue Mar 29, 2005 1:43 pm

This is a bonus for Irod owners, he won't get tired out halfway through the season and be mediocre down the stretch like he has the last few years.
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