If Jackie Bradley, Jr. Continues to Impress...

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    you underestimate Gomes... if he is used properly he will have pretty damn good numbers. If he has a ton of ABs against RHP then not so much..




    I might be.  I'll concede that -  Gomes might be better than I realize.

    Maybe its that goofy beard that has me thinking he stinks.

     
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    1977 had Fergie and Cleveland with the most IP. Bill Campbell and Don Aase added. Bob Stanley and Mike Paxton as well.




    Oh I loved that 77 team.  They were an incredible offensive machine.

    Campbell pitched every day for 2 innings (at least it seemed like it).

    Boomer and the Crunch Bunch - one of my favorite SI cover stories.

     
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    It's the splits guys. The splits. That is the reason to call up Bradley at least by the middle of the summer. Victorino and Gomes have shown recently that they can not hit RH pitching. That is a big problem. If their splits continue the way they have been in their careers we are going to be great against LH this year but with diminished numbers against RH pitching. Bradley may well be a better option against RH pitching in our OF, from the talent we have available.

    And Bradley might prove to be a good lead off guy at some point, freeing up Ellsbury for the 3 slot. 

    I think we should give Bradley some time in AAA and one of those guys there now probably get traded ( Hassan, Hazelbacker, Linares, Brentz ). Maybe 2. Some of those guys are tieing up 40 man roster spots anyway sometime soon or they will be rule 5 picks. None of them look to be bonafide mlb studs but they all might be 4th OF types for some teams eventually. Brentz has a shot to be a rugular. But I would contend not a star probably. Keep Brentz and Linares for depth but either of the others can go without becoming a huge loss. I like Hazelbacker but year after year he just doesn't put up special numbers and it's not like he's a youngster. I really like him though. The point though is that any of those guys are basically "replacement" level mlb players long term with the possible exception of Brentz and even then that's just a possibility of him being anything more than that. None of those guys should stand in Bradley's way.

    The fact that Bradley is ready defensively is huge. And I have zero problem playing him 75% of the time. He's young. Let's keep him healthy and fresh to give him a better chance to succeed. I think a strong case could be made to keep him. He has the bonafides. 2 college WS championships. Being the top guy on 2 college WS champions. The guy who talked to the press. the guy everyone counted on and the one who came through big time under pressure when he was healthy.

    I'm not married to the concept of Bradley having to be sent down to save a year of control but I generally lean towards it. Would a month or 2 in Pawtucket kill him? I mean let's be realistic. It should help him develop and it should help us get more value from him long term. That extra year could be in his prime. Do I think Bradley could play right now? Yes, I think he is potentially that kind of guy from a skills and a maturity perspective but I still would give him 45 days in Pawtucket unless he just knocks that door down all the way to the end of spring.

     
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    Re: If Jackie Bradley, Jr. Continues to Impress...

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    1977 had Fergie and Cleveland with the most IP. Bill Campbell and Don Aase added. Bob Stanley and Mike Paxton as well.

     




     

    Oh I loved that 77 team.  They were an incredible offensive machine.

    Campbell pitched every day for 2 innings (at least it seemed like it).

    Boomer and the Crunch Bunch - one of my favorite SI cover stories.



    Hobson hitting 9th quite often and hitting 30 homers.  I loved that team too. It was one of the first teams I really remember as a kid.

     
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    Re: If Jackie Bradley, Jr. Continues to Impress...

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    1977 had Fergie and Cleveland with the most IP. Bill Campbell and Don Aase added. Bob Stanley and Mike Paxton as well.

     




     

    Oh I loved that 77 team.  They were an incredible offensive machine.

    Campbell pitched every day for 2 innings (at least it seemed like it).

    Boomer and the Crunch Bunch - one of my favorite SI cover stories.

     



    Hobson hitting 9th quite often and hitting 30 homers.  I loved that team too. It was one of the first teams I really remember as a kid.

     




    That was a great team. I always thought the 78 team was a little better because it had Eckersley in the rotation. Someone said earlier that the 78 team was a Bucky Dent away from a championship, but I believe they were a Don Zimmer away from a championship. The way Zimmer handled his pitching staff down the stretch was disgraceful.

     
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