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Postby Matthias » Wed Mar 22, 2006 12:12 pm

teddyballgamemvp wrote:
Matthias wrote:I'll take my bets with the powers of the Red Sox front office in evaluating talent over Buster's and the Reds' front office.


I'm curious if the Sox FO think he turned a corner this winter. My impression is that it's his glove they are concerned about. I think they really see WMP as a superb bat no later than next year.


from what i've read, i don't think the sox think that he's game-time ready right now. the comments seem focused on the future.

which, when you look at the signing and tradings the past couple of years, is shaping up really well for the sox. outfield of manny/coco/wmp next year and the year beyond assuming coco and wmp mature as hitters a bit? that's nice. not to mention the young arms the sox have been accumulating/bringing along.

my take on this is maybe wild-card this year, but division champs '07 and '08.
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Postby teddyballgamemvp » Wed Mar 22, 2006 12:24 pm

Pena said he can't wait for fans to witness the new, improved Wily Mo Pena, the one that developed this winter in the Dominican Republic Winter League.

"You'll see," he said. "Much different, much better. My swing is better. If I take the same approach I had in the D.R., everybody is going to see. More home runs. I was taking a lot of pitches, not swinging at bad pitches, getting my pitches to hit. And I was hitting balls all over the field."

Then he stepped into the batter's box to face Aaron Harang and flipped a little flare into short right field.

"That's a home run," he said. "Inside the ball park."


I think Ortiz may have given Theo the straight dope on WMP from working with him and watching him in winter ball. We could have traded a useless long man for a guy who'll give us .270 and 35 homers. Cool.
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Postby teddyballgamemvp » Wed Mar 22, 2006 5:47 pm

Pogotheostrich wrote: Did you just use the world cerebral applied to Manny?


Manny baits pitchers into throwing the pitch he wants, so, yeah.
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Postby JRRNeiklot » Wed Mar 22, 2006 6:42 pm

So, does Mo have any value at this point? I drafted him in a couple of leagues in like the 18-20th rounds.
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Postby Matthias » Wed Mar 22, 2006 6:43 pm

JRRNeiklot wrote:So, does Mo have any value at this point? I drafted him in a couple of leagues in like the 18-20th rounds.


in a redraft league, he has some value, but not much. the only bonus is that you can reliably start him when the sox are going against a lefty.
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Postby Fish Tacos » Wed Mar 22, 2006 7:03 pm

this isn't the best place to ask this, but would murton be a better option than pena in a keeper league??

12 team 5x5 roto league with 3 keepers
C J. LaRue (Cin - C)
C R. Doumit (Pit - C)
1B R. Sexson (Sea - 1B)
2B T. Iguchi (CWS - 2B)
3B Á. Rodríguez (NYY - 3B)
SS C. Barmes (Col - SS)
CI A. Huff (TB - 1B,OF)
MI B. Roberts (Bal - 2B)
OF C. Beltrán
OF J. Pierre
OF J. Lane (Hou - OF)
Util W. Taveras (Hou - OF)
BN W. Pena (Bos)

SP C. Zambrano, J. Lackey (LAA - SP), J. Bonderman, K. Escobar, D. Cabrera (Bal), E. Bedard
RP B. Wagner, B. Jenks, S. Linebrink, D. Báez
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Postby Pokey » Wed Mar 22, 2006 10:55 pm

nuggets wrote:
teddyballgamemvp wrote:
Pogotheostrich wrote: Did you just use the world cerebral applied to Manny?


Manny baits pitchers into throwing the pitch he wants, so, yeah.


Interesting, how so?


Manny's denied it, but it's always been said that when Manny takes an ugly swing, it's because he wants that same pitch again, and the second time he crushes it.
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Postby Nomar4prez » Wed Mar 22, 2006 10:59 pm

Pokey wrote:
nuggets wrote:
teddyballgamemvp wrote:
Pogotheostrich wrote: Did you just use the world cerebral applied to Manny?


Manny baits pitchers into throwing the pitch he wants, so, yeah.


Interesting, how so?


Manny's denied it, but it's always been said that when Manny takes an ugly swing, it's because he wants that same pitch again, and the second time he crushes it.


Manny is one of the smartest hitters I've EVER seen. He is a spaceball everywhere else, but, at the plate, he's a genious.
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Postby thedude » Wed Mar 22, 2006 11:28 pm

nuggets wrote:
teddyballgamemvp wrote:
Pogotheostrich wrote: Did you just use the world cerebral applied to Manny?


Manny baits pitchers into throwing the pitch he wants, so, yeah.


Interesting, how so?


You know how smart pitchers set up hitters? Well Manny kind of does the same thing to pitchers. He works counts and intenially takes bad swings at certain pitches, by doing this he baits pitchers into throwing him a certain pitch. He then deposites this pitch into the bleachers.
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