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Does anyone think Hank Blalock can rebound next season?

Postby San D » Sat Sep 16, 2006 7:58 am

He's cut down his K's a little, and he's been battling a shoulder injury. He's had super seasons before, and the talent is there. On the other hand, this is his second disappointing season in a row, and there's a decent possibility of being traded this offseason, especially with the Rangers' love for DeRosa.
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Postby PlayingWithFire » Sat Sep 16, 2006 9:52 am

Maybe he can put together 1 more amazing season if he stays put. But I can't see him being too good consistently. I wouldn't even touch him if he's traded.
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Postby ScrappyDoo » Sat Sep 16, 2006 10:44 am

Blalock is overrated IMO, hes never really had a great season. 107 R 32 HR 110 RBI 2 SB .276 is his best year in 2004. Thats a good season but nothing special. Hes like Eric Chavez in my book, he looks like he could break out and post an amazing season, but never does. Just look at Atkins this year, its his third season and hes gonna end up far and away better than Blalocks best season.
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Postby rainman23 » Sat Sep 16, 2006 10:53 am

I would guess Blalock's best years are to come, and eventually he'll remind us why he was considered an elite prospect not so long ago. But when he breaks out, I don't think he'll be on my roster. Right now, the guy's a crap shoot. I'd let someone else take the chances on him the next couple years.
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Postby sportsaddict » Sat Sep 16, 2006 11:19 am

I think the guy has been too hyped, which made him overated. Coming into the league, this guy was supposed to turn into a Scott Rolen/Miguel Cabrera/David Wright type, and he just hasnt become that. What he has become is a solid, but not spectacular, 3B who can drive the ball and provide the team with some RBIS and some homers, and also plays AWESOME defense.

In my opinion, this guy is going to just be a solid but not great MLB player.
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Postby cordscords » Sat Sep 16, 2006 2:31 pm

I would assume that 1 day he will learn to hit lefties at least a little bit better, and not fade so badly in the 2nd half.

When will that year be? I don't know, but if his stock really falls I wouldnt mind picking him up and having him as my starter or throwing him into my UTIL spot.
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Postby Laean » Sat Sep 16, 2006 7:47 pm

he's like teixiera, a creation of his ballpark. if he gets traded to a non-hitter's park, i wouldn't expect much more than 20 80 .270 from him.

if he stays though, i'm pretty certain he'll have a couple more 30 homer seasons.
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Postby Philly Pride » Sat Sep 16, 2006 7:50 pm

Okay, Teixeira's 2006 splits:

Home: .253, 10 HR, 37 RBI, .757 OPS
Away: .287, 17 HR, 54 RBI, .945 OPS

That's a great argument that you just made for the other side.
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Postby PlayingWithFire » Sat Sep 16, 2006 8:13 pm

Philly Pride wrote:Okay, Teixeira's 2006 splits:

Home: .253, 10 HR, 37 RBI, .757 OPS
Away: .287, 17 HR, 54 RBI, .945 OPS

That's a great argument that you just made for the other side.


Hank isn't Teixeira, Teixeira can hit on the road and can hit lefties. Hank can't.
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Postby Laean » Sun Sep 17, 2006 2:02 am

Philly Pride wrote:Okay, Teixeira's 2006 splits:

Home: .253, 10 HR, 37 RBI, .757 OPS
Away: .287, 17 HR, 54 RBI, .945 OPS

That's a great argument that you just made for the other side.


why don't you look at more than one season (and a current one at that) before posting?

2005
home: .334 avg, 30 hr, 88 rbi, 1.109 ops, in 311 at bats
away: .270 avg, 13 hr, 56 rbi, .809 ops, in 333 at bats

2004
home: .298 avg, 18 hr, 64 rbi, .967 ops, in 265 at bats
away: .264 avg, 20 hr, 48 rbi, .893 ops, in 280 at bats

2003
home: .298 avg, 19 hr, 66 rbi, .965 ops, in 275 at bats
away: .217 avg, 7 hr, 18 rbi, .646 ops, in 254 at bats

career
home: .297 avg, 77 hr, 255 rbi, .952 ops, in 1143 at bats
away: .261 avg, 57 hr, 176 rbi, .828 ops, in 1149 at bats

yeah, right.

sure, he did better away than home this year, but you expect that to continue in the future? he's actually going to be a better hitter away rather than when he's at home? this is texas rangers home park here we're talking about.

if anything, this year is the one that is the anomaly, unless you really think he's going to be a perennial 25+ 90+ .270+ instead of a 40+ 120+ .290+ type of hitter.
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