Snakes Gould wrote:chipper wrote:Well anyone who says he's not at least more at risk of injury in the outfield (where he's never played before) isn't being honest with themselves.
No doubt Braun moved to the OF helps their defense, I'd just rather make sure I have my star hitter 100%.
Cameron in CF already makes the defense better, and the benefit you get by having Hall at 3B is slightly offset by the downgrade you get by having Braun in LF. So all in all, and in my opinion, it ain't worth it.
Hall to 3B, defensive upgrade at 3B.
Braun to LF, defensive downgrade at LF (and higher risk of injury to your stud hitter who's never played out there before). An upgrade at 3B with a downgrade at LF doesn't make things that much better.
Yes I know more balls will go to 3B than LF, I just don't see the risk of this as worth it, and I guess we'll see what happens. They lose Braun though, and they truly will be pretenders.
By the way, Bill Hall made 19 errors in 2006.........
2 of them at came at 3B in only 10 games
You sure you're getting your money's worth of a defensive upgrade vs the risk of injury?
Let's go a bit deeper:
Bill Hall 2003: 1 game at 3B......1 error (1 every 1 game)
Bill Hall 2004: 7 games started at 3B.......2 errors (1 every 3.5 games)
Bill Hall 2005: 49 games started at 3B.......6 errors (1 every 8 games)
Bill Hall 2006: 10 games started at 3B.......2 errors (1 every 5 games)
Looks like Bill Hall was worse at 3B in his first couple years than Braun was in his first year.
Take out 2005, and Hall made errors at 3B at a clip of 1 per every 3.6 games.....worse than what Braun showed last year. In my opinion he's not THAT much better at 3B than Braun (considering he only had 1 year out of 4 where he actually WAS better at 3B than Braun). Combine that with the fact that Braun is also worse than Hall in LF, and you don't get that much of an overall improvement for what you're doing.
if you're using errors to gauge defensive prowess, you're already losing the battle.