Re: Victorino is the player Ells has long been promised to be???
posted at 8/28/2013 3:13 PM EDT
In response to moonslav59's comment:
When we signed Shane, I was more worried about his severe lefty-righty splits and the 3rd year being past prime.
In response to BurritoT-'s comment:
I made a thread or post on this about 2 months ago... if you look at Shane's career it is exactly the type of career you wanted/hoped Elles would have. Exactly.
Why people/media gave Shane the declining forecast alah Mike Lowell upon his arrival is beyond me. All players have down years and that is all it was for Victorino in 2012, a down year.
He also hasn't been the picture of health this year, so the age issue has, so far, proved to be a legitimate concern.
BTW, Victorino did not just have one bad year, he had 2 out of his previous 3 seasons significantly below his career norm. That was cause for concern. When we signed Shane, his career OBP was .340. It was .327 in 2010 and .321 in 2012. That may not seem extreme, but when you are batting 2nd, it should be better.
Shane's fielding has been better than I expected, and I expected pretty darn good in RF. His .346 and rising OBP is what I expected this year, but not in 2015. If he keeps up his current pace, I'll have to, once again, admit I was wrong.
I'd say Shane's injuries have more to do with how he plays, than age.