slomo007 wrote:Furcal defensively is great. Offensively he is not good at all. But, because the SS is the heart of the defense, I think he'll make a good signing in the offseason for someone (not the Braves).
He needs to learn how to take a walk and how to hit opposite field, rather than trying to swing for the fences every time.
you, sir, are living in the past.
furcal took that step this season. i'm not sure what the regular BB/AB, but last year furcal was walking once every 10 ABs. not too shabby. furcal had 58 walks last year in 616 ABs. derek jeter had 77 in 654. tejada had 40 in 654. michael young had 58 in 668. rollins had 47 in 667.
so when compared to the top SS in the game, furcal's taking a fine amount of walks.
as for "swinging for the fences"... well, yeah. he still some times reverts to that form. but his OBP over the second half was .394. so even if he is trying to hit for too much power, he has still been able to get on base a fair bit of the time, which is what you really want from your leadoff hitter.
Regarding the Braves' offseason, I think they should trade LaRoche and move Chipper to 1st and bring up Marte for 3b. Chipper will not play the OF again, you can practically guarantee that. Marte might, but I think Chipper would be better suited at 1b anyways.
why the push to move chipper instead of marte? chipper has been a good defensive 3B since his move there in 2004, and marte is no gold glover, so why not move andy to first and keep chipper at 3B?
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