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Outfield not agreeing with Braun

Postby chipper » Sun Apr 20, 2008 3:09 pm

I know I said this before and got ripped for it, but I still don't think I would have messed with Braun and put him into the outfield. He is struggling big time right now, and who knows if it's due to not playing the same position he's been at his whole life.

Just don't think I would have messed with a good thing is all. :-o
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Re: Outfield not agreeing with Braun

Postby GotowarMissAgnes » Sun Apr 20, 2008 3:18 pm

Well, where would you have played? His defensive play at 3B last year ate away 20-30% of his offensive value. You can't move him to first. There's no DH.

I think it's way too early to conclude that his offense is suffering from the position switch.
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Re: Outfield not agreeing with Braun

Postby RAmst23 » Sun Apr 20, 2008 3:23 pm

Yes, I know this was discussed before Chipper, it's just the problem is I don't think the Brewers had a choice. Braun wasn't just bad at 3B, he was historically bad. He had a .895 Fielding % and 26 Errors (!) in 112 games. The Brewers infield defense is bad now, but with Braun they destroyed their chances of competing in that division.

Even assuming that the switch to the OF hurts Braun's offense (A statement I don't agree with it), the switch HAS to be made.
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Re: Outfield not agreeing with Braun

Postby chipper » Sun Apr 20, 2008 3:26 pm

GotowarMissAgnes wrote:I think it's way too early to conclude that his offense is suffering from the position switch.

Well I didn't say I concluded that it was because of the position switch.
I said....
chipper wrote:Just don't think I would have messed with a good thing is all. :-o



Who knows, maybe he bounces back just fine, but it's something to keep an eye on at least.
Also, a guy can improve in the field. It was his first season in the bigs. Bill Hall was thought to be a bit of a defensive liability his first couple season's too. Just sayin.

I understand that it’s optimal to have him out there, that said, if he struggles the entire first half or something, I bet they make a move and check it out.
You know baseball players, sometimes the littlest things can mess with their heads. Moving positions is a major thing. I’m sure he can handle it, but as I’ve said, if he goes through a prolonged period of struggling, I bet they explore some options....
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Re: Outfield not agreeing with Braun

Postby Third Day » Sun Apr 20, 2008 4:53 pm

chipper wrote:I know I said this before and got ripped for it, but I still don't think I would have messed with Braun and put him into the outfield. He is struggling big time right now, and who knows if it's due to not playing the same position he's been at his whole life.

Just don't think I would have messed with a good thing is all. :-o


He was a SS at Miami and only played 3B for 2 years. He has told Milwaukee reporters that he didn't really care for 3B but could have been a good one if given time.
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Re: Outfield not agreeing with Braun

Postby J35J » Sun Apr 20, 2008 5:11 pm

Part of it too is people thought he would continue on and just fall in line with Pujols......that just wasn't going to happen,IMHO, so everyones expectations were too high to start with.
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Re: Outfield not agreeing with Braun

Postby brock middlebrook » Sun Apr 20, 2008 8:30 pm

You'll all be gald to know that with the Yankees day off tomorrow, I am benching ARod and playing Braun at 3B for the first time all year.

This may be the elixir that breaks the slump.
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Re: Outfield not agreeing with Braun

Postby DaShiz23 » Sun Apr 20, 2008 9:41 pm

J35J wrote:Part of it too is people thought he would continue on and just fall in line with Pujols......that just wasn't going to happen,IMHO, so everyones expectations were too high to start with.


;-D ;-D ;-D As I stated before, and got lambasted for saying.
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Re: Outfield not agreeing with Braun

Postby hwiggen » Sun Apr 20, 2008 10:12 pm

It's fair to say that no glove agrees with Braun, unless it's a batting glove. The guy is a born DH. That's what the Brewers get for changing leagues just so they can get the extra attendence when the Cubs are in Milwaulkee.
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Re: Outfield not agreeing with Braun

Postby Snakes Gould » Sun Apr 20, 2008 11:08 pm

J35J wrote:Part of it too is people thought he would continue on and just fall in line with Pujols......that just wasn't going to happen,IMHO, so everyones expectations were too high to start with.


coming from a guy who projected a line of

0.292 32 110 102 15


i dont think you thought toooo lowly of him :-D

i still think he'll come around and be just fine. maybe not .330 and 45 hr like some expected but like j had, .290-.295 with 30 hr should be easily in reach still...its still early.
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