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Postby AKhomebrewer » Sun Jul 18, 2004 11:03 pm

Prospect or not, he's the first guy the Mariners have trotted out this year that's gotten the respect of opposing pitchers.
After he took Sabathia deep Saturday, next at-bat CC walked him on four pitches with the bases loaded 8-o.

With the ship going down, the M's will give Bucky a shot the rest of the way. Hey, if you've got a bench spot just gathering dust anyway ...
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Postby playersball » Mon Jul 19, 2004 2:18 am

Pick him up now. I've never seen anything liek this before. After 3 games his presence isn't Barry but it is McGuire. I'm serious.
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Postby foamposited » Mon Jul 19, 2004 2:24 am

Someone that finally gets me excited to see hit for the M's...
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Postby playersball » Mon Jul 19, 2004 2:30 am

Damn, I know tell me about it. The Safe is electric when he comes to bat.
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Postby BobbyRoberto » Mon Jul 19, 2004 2:38 am

Whoa! Calm down everyone. This reminds me of the Matt Riley Hype Machine. How many people picked up Matt Riley after the lengthy Matt Riley thread, only to see him currently at 1-3, 8.39 ERA, 2.04 WHIP. I'd suggest calming down a bit on Bucky and waiting to see what he does against a good pitching staff. Cleveland is 12th in the AL in ERA, 25th in baseball. It's only 3 games.
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Postby playersball » Mon Jul 19, 2004 2:41 am

Yeah I probably am looking through rose colored glasses, but I can tell you this dude has talent. Bucky will bust out.
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Postby biju » Mon Jul 19, 2004 11:21 am

I really, really hope he's the answer to the Mariner's problems. I'm trying to not get too worked up about him, but with this season absolutely in the gutter why not give these guys a chance?

Oh, and to the guys that are saying he's too old to be a "prospect": I agree, but I believe the man he's going to replace was also a little old when he started full time in the majors. 8-o
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Postby reiser » Mon Jul 19, 2004 11:35 am

biju wrote:I really, really hope he's the answer to the Mariner's problems. I'm trying to not get too worked up about him, but with this season absolutely in the gutter why not give these guys a chance?

Oh, and to the guys that are saying he's too old to be a "prospect": I agree, but I believe the man he's going to replace was also a little old when he started full time in the majors. 8-o


his line from the minors is great:
AVG G AB R H RBI HR BB SO
.314 80 290 57 91 86 26 48 87
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Postby AKhomebrewer » Mon Jul 19, 2004 12:16 pm

First the bases-loaded walk Saturday. Then, after an RBI single to start Sunday's game, Scott Elarton throws one at him (the pitch actually went behind Jacobsen), and four pitches later Bucky takes him outta the yard.
Hey, I wouldn't urge anyone to go Matt Riley with him, either (that was Elarton, after all). But he's having a big year, has a lot of confidence and has the cult-hero backing of the crowd. His 84 RBI in AAA are more than any two Mariners put together. Like I said earlier, if you have a bench spot that's being wasted ...
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Postby Chopper » Mon Jul 19, 2004 1:17 pm

I'm going to go out on a limb and predict .260 with 11HR and 35 RBI if he plays most every day.
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