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Postby jlm53089 » Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:44 am

look how young our team is.
imagine if the pitching we need gains experience and a leftie in the bullpen. i think we could honestly make a run at the yankees once all of their old money ballers get hurt.

Tampa Bay average age: 25.8
Yankees average age: 29.3
Redsox Average age: 29.1

think about it, the yankees and redsox are not getting any younger...

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Postby deerayfan072 » Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:47 am

Don't get your hopes up about Cantu coming back hitting well
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Postby raiders_umpire » Mon Jan 29, 2007 1:06 pm

deerayfan072 wrote:Don't get your hopes up about Cantu coming back hitting well




I don't expect it to happen either, but I did say if everything comes together beautifully. ;-)
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Postby raiders_umpire » Mon Jan 29, 2007 1:07 pm

jlm53089 wrote:look how young our team is.
imagine if the pitching we need gains experience and a leftie in the bullpen. i think we could honestly make a run at the yankees once all of their old money ballers get hurt.

Tampa Bay average age: 25.8
Yankees average age: 29.3
Redsox Average age: 29.1

think about it, the yankees and redsox are not getting any younger...

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/stats/rosters




Just remember the Sox and Yanks are not running out of money any time soon either. :-t
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Postby deerayfan072 » Mon Feb 12, 2007 11:31 am

ST. PETERSBURG - The Devil Rays think part of B.J. Upton's offensive struggles are the result of concern over his defensive problems.

So to lessen his worry, they plan to give him more to do.

In addition to Upton playing shortstop and third, the Rays will have him work at second and in the outfield this spring to explore the possibility of turning him into a super-utility-type such as the Angels' Chone Figgins.

And they hope he will establish himself as the impact offensive player he was supposed to be.

"I would like to take the pressure off his defense somewhat. Everything has been about his defense," manager Joe Maddon said. "During the last couple of years, it's been all about being the shortstop of the future, and then you throw him over to third base and it's about becoming the third baseman of the future.

"You know what? Let's come be a major-league baseball player, hit, and we'll figure out the best spot for you."

Upton hit .246 in 50 games last season but had only six extra-base hits five doubles, one homer, primarily because of what the Rays saw as mechanical flaws in his swing - using too much arms and not enough legs. They hope he will focus more on what he's doing at the plate if he's not thinking about what he's doing in the field.

"I want him to come here and relax and enjoy coming to the ballpark without any consternation about making an error," Maddon said.
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