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Manuel Says HR Derby Messed Up Abreu

Postby d18Mike » Wed Aug 03, 2005 2:10 pm

From Rotoworld.... Charlie Manuel is blaming Bobby Abreu's slump on the Home Run Derby, which he won by jacking a record 41 of them last month.

Abreu disagrees.

"I don't think the home-run contest got me into a slump," he said before last night's game against the Chicago Cubs. "I'm just having a problem with mechanics. I'm pulling the ball too much, and that's not me."

Since the contest, Abreu is hitting just .194 with no home runs, which is hard to believe after watching him on that night. He was 2-for-3 with a double last night, so maybe he's about ready to break out of his slump.
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Postby RugbyD » Wed Aug 03, 2005 2:15 pm

Well Bobby, it certainly wasn't cooties.
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Postby hybrid » Wed Aug 03, 2005 2:16 pm

It's kind of amusing how he says it's not that, but then lists a problem that could very well happen from the HR Derby. In the contest you obviously try to pull the ball to hit HR's, so saying he is pulling off to much would somewhat link the two together.

Not saying that it's due to his slump, but his excuse or reasoning defiantly doesn't clear up anything.
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Postby Big Pimpin » Wed Aug 03, 2005 2:23 pm

Hey hitting 41 HRs in a month or two would tire anyone out. Let alone in one night...

He ran like 3 miles that night just circling the bases, as well. That would tire you out, too. No baseball player is used to running that much in such a short period of time. :-D
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Postby discodv05 » Wed Aug 03, 2005 2:26 pm

well any home run hitter playing in the derby knows to not hit so many homers in the first round but to spread it out and to save energy. abreu is at fault if this is the cause of it which i doubt
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Postby chadlincoln » Wed Aug 03, 2005 2:30 pm

Big Pimpin wrote:He ran like 3 miles that night just circling the bases, as well. That would tire you out, too. No baseball player is used to running that much in such a short period of time. :-D


For a second there, I thought you were serious... :-D
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Postby AKhomebrewer » Wed Aug 03, 2005 3:55 pm

Wonder how many times a guy has won the NBA 3-point shooting contest and then lost his shooting stroke for the next month. :-?
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Postby Amazinz » Wed Aug 03, 2005 4:51 pm

I have trouble believing that a hitter of Abreu's quality could go into a slump because he adjusted his swing during the HR derby. Maybe but it's sounds pretty far-fetched.

What I think is more likely is that we are just seeing a bit of natural (maybe expected) regression.
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Postby RyanK » Wed Aug 03, 2005 4:56 pm

Amazinz wrote:I have trouble believing that a hitter of Abreu's quality could go into a slump because he adjusted his swing during the HR derby. Maybe but it's sounds pretty far-fetched.

What I think is more likely is that we are just seeing a bit of natural (maybe expected) regression.


Didnt it use to happen to Griffey?
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Postby Amazinz » Wed Aug 03, 2005 4:57 pm

RyanK wrote:
Amazinz wrote:I have trouble believing that a hitter of Abreu's quality could go into a slump because he adjusted his swing during the HR derby. Maybe but it's sounds pretty far-fetched.

What I think is more likely is that we are just seeing a bit of natural (maybe expected) regression.


Didnt it use to happen to Griffey?

I'm not sure. I don't remember it if it did.
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