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Carl Crawford Was Fat!

But he’s certainly not fat now.  I was castigated by posters who only see blue when I said he was fat… BUT HE WAS!  YES, HE WAS!

Ray Charles reported that he was.

He’s not fat now.  Maybe he is hungry, ready to show everyone they are wrong about him.

For the record, I hope he does, but if you don’t think he was fat, you are delusional.  He’s good now – that’s all that matters!

While I am at it, I need to say that some of you need to change your prescription from Blue to Reality!

Think with your brain… not your heart!


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74 Responses to “Carl Crawford Was Fat!”

  1. AnewBlueDay says:

    Late in the game today — some Dodger farmhand, hit a single up the middle.

    As he round firstbase, and held on to the bag, the camera got a closeup of his face.

    He looked like he just graduated H.S. yesterday. Boy are they looking younger every year now.

    • el che says:

      was jeremy rathjen hes actually 23 drafted out of college had a really good at bat, he looks like that kid from superbad

  2. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    And on what do you base your conclusion that he was fat, and that anyone who questions that conclusion is delusional and living in a blue colored fantasyland? If he isn’t fat now, how am I to conclude that he was fat not so very long ago. But really it doesn’t matter. If he was fat, and is in fantastic shape now, then the obvious conclusion is that he committed himself to getting into shape over the offseason, and is a dedicated, committed, and hardworking player, i.e., exactly the type of player the Dodgers need.

    • Quasimodo says:

      Brooklyn, if you go back to ‘When P(u)igs Fly’ you’ll see that Mark doesn’t share my opinion where I stated ‘though my lens, Dodgers are better than Nats’. But all’s good, and I’ll hold with my words.

  3. Pete M. says:

    Quas…Maybe that was me…I wear the blue tinted glasses (ribbed about it constantly) but to me, the Nats are clearly the team to beat in the NL…
    Before the “hitting the c/o man exercise’ for rehabbing Carl C. hits the blog, let me chime in. Carl Crawford should not start in LF unless he can cut loose… A 15/30 DL stint in AAA or staying in Az. Instr. lg. for work will provide the necc. time to get him over the hump… NL runners start taking the extra base on Carl which could produce a lil anxiety and wham he re-injures his arm. Just chill and get it together…. We got you covered…
    I’m still hoping Alex Castellanos gets the #4 OF gig…

  4. AnewBlueDay says:

    Some folks have said, clearly, forget the first month or month and a half — get the injured or coming back from injury players — whole.

    Remember last season — the first month of the season?

    On May 1st 2012 the Dodgers were in 1st place at 17-7 with a 4 game lead over Arizona.

    On June 1st 2012 the Dodgers were in 1st place at 32-20 with a 4 game lead over S.F.

    Then, on July 1st 2012 the Dodgers were in 2nd place at 44-36 and the Giants had a 1 game lead over the Dodgers.

    Aug 1st 2012, it was the same, Giants with a 1 game lead over the Dodgers, Dodgers record was 56-50.

    Sept 1st 2012, now the Dodgers were 4.5 games behind the Giants, record was 71-63.

    Oct 1st 2012 – 8 games behind, at 85-75.

    For 2012 the Dodgers played at .531 clip, ending at 86 and 76.

    Gee, we would all think / believe / feel that this new team should be 10 games better. That would be 96 wins.

    I agree, get these guys on the bubble, on the recovery list — truly well before bringing them onboard. The talent is here. Just do it . . .

  5. KEN says:

    I watched the telecast of the last 6 miles of the LA Marathon last weekend. It was really sad watching only 2 strong female runners and 4 strong male runners via for minimum prizes as if everyone knew that the marathon was run by a cheapskate. Oh, that is right, it is!

    Maybe all of the cameras in the world had their lens tampered with before Crawford’s picture was taken.

  6. KEN says:

    The following is my choice for the 25 man roster as of the first day of MLB. However, after a few weeks, players coming off of the DL, players failing, and a few trades, the roster should look very different by 5/15/2003. Because of the current uncertainty regarding the health of various starting pitchers I suggest that the Rockies approach be partially adopted for 2 of the 5 starters and the two long relievers be assigned to those two starters to pitch innings 5-9 thus hopefully saving the bullpen for the other 3 starters.

    1. Kershaw
    2. Beckett
    3. Ryu
    4. Harang
    5. Lilly

    Long Relievers
    1. Capuano
    2. Bills

    1. League
    2. Jansen
    3. Belisario
    4. Guerrier
    5. Howell

    1. Greinke (15 Day)

    1. Ellis
    2. FedEx

    1. Gonzalez
    2. Ellis
    3. Rameriz
    4. Cruz

    1. Puig
    2. Kemp
    3. Ethier

    1. Shumaker
    2. Punto
    3. Hairston
    4. Uribe

    1. Crawford (15 Day??)

  7. Bobby says:

    I don’t know if Crawford was fat, and I don’t care. That discussion is irrelevant. Maybe he did 8 weeks of Insanity (like I’m trying to do)

    Clearly, he’s not fat now, and if he is healthy, he will go all out to prove himself again. That is the important discussion we should be having!!

    2 weeks till opening day!!!!

  8. Quasimodo says:

    I find it a bit strange you have Bills out of starter. Maybe I do (as I always have) think with my heart when it comes to the Dodgers, and its why I see Bills going on the attack when games count. That was something he showed us his last 6 games last year. We knew he possessed those skills perhaps more than he himself believed. Likely he’ll take where he left off and give us his best year.

  9. Bobby says:

    Meanwhile Puig has a 2 run hr, a single, and SB so far in 2 AB’s today.

    My lord this guy is a beast waiting to be unleashed!!

    However, I do agree; let him go down, tear it up as well as learn how to hit curveballs, stay away from breaking balls, take walks, improve his D, etc. Middle of the year when he’s ready and Crawford shows he’s healthy, we can trade Ethier for some all star 2b, or top prospects, or whatever else we need. What a gorgeous problem to have!!

  10. AnewBlueDay says:

    Jackie, I mean Tommy, I mean Stan, I mean Babe, I mean Lou — I mean Yasiel Puig is now 4 or 4.

    His hand to eye, or ball to bat coordination is really something.

    By July 1 will force some Dodger outfielder to the bench or to a trade.

    Problem is — I cannot even say his name right . ..

  11. the truth hurts says:

    Get Puig a second or third baseman’s glove immediately.

  12. AnewBlueDay says:

    You send Puig down to the minors for beginning seasoning. Not more seasoning, because he really has never been there. Well he has if you count 42 ABs combined in the rookie league and with Rancho Cucamonga. But not a full season in the minors.

    He might to 4 for 4 tomorrow, but in Spring Training, he might be facing pitchers working on a pitch, a delivery, first time facing him, and minor league pitchers.

    This is not Sept when the best of the best is on every pitch.

    Let him stroke the ball in the minors. Let him work on his fielding. Let him learn to hustle on every play — he did not do that today and was thrown out at 2nd base for dogging it out of the box on a single.

  13. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Crawford, when he’s 100% may well be the old Crawford. But if Puig produces and finds a place in the lineup (be it at the start of the season or later), I’d be wary about trading Ethier w/o being fully sold on Crawford’s health. And of course, it would depend on what the Dodgers could get in return, and how much of Ethier’s contract they might be forced to eat. Since the addition of Puig doesn’t add any salary (he already has an MLB contract), it might be that the Dodgers could carry Kemp, Ethier, Crawford, and Puig, and let things sort themselves out naturally. Maybe at some point later in the season they could trade Ethier (maybe even Crawford) if both of them and Puig are playing well. And if Puig struggles, and has to be sent down, then we still have Crawford and Ethier.

    If anyone can understand what I just wrote, you have my total respect.

  14. Michael says:

    The best $62 million the new owners have ever spent.

    Yas has at least earned the right to earn a demotion.

    New left field sign; Danger: Watch out for low-flying P[u]igs which might cause great bodily harm

    Can’t wait to see 3rd basemen playing in short-LF

  15. Reggie says:

    Crawford was fat. I watched the game Sunday with a buddy from Boston and he was on a tirade about how Carl was slim now, but how he ripped the Red Sox off because he was so fat.

    Mark posted this because a number of you ripped him when he said Crawford was fat a few months ago. Admit that you were wrong. He was fat!

    Puig is a beast. The beast and the bison. I think Puig breaks with the team regardless of Crawfords status. The Dude is a once in a lifetime player.

  16. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Fat Crawford, in the limited time he played for the Red Sox last year hit .282 and stole 5 bases and was caught stealing 0 times. How did that fat man steal those bases without getting caught, even once? And I know a Red Sox fan also, who tells me that Crawford played extremely well when he was on the field last year, and that he was upset that the Red Sox included him in the trade. He was looking forward to Crawford playing this year. Guess it just depends on which Red Sox fan you speak to.

    So NO!!!!!! I will NOT admit that I was wrong, and I’m guessing, so will no one else who saw no evidence that he was fat. We just all have to agree to disagree, and live happily ever after following this non-issue.

  17. Badger says:

    What Brooklyn just said.

    Gordon may find his way on the field yet.

    WBC. Unless the US takes it as seriously as everyone else, and I just don’t see it happening, they will never win that thing. And somebody is going to get hurt during each event. A lot of money being risked by ML owners.

  18. Pete M. says:

    Hell, now were into BMI calculations on Carl Crawford!?! Let it go already. Let him get healthy, let him get out there and play… Then for alot of you, go form a posse…Me, I said it a long time ago and hope I’m right, CC will be productive and a fan favorite. Besides he’s a lil nervous now wondering about a Cuban missile strike…
    To me yesterday’s lack of hustle by Puig is a red flag. Don’t get me wrong, I love the kid, but thats a fact. You don’t teach that in AA or AAA, thats a mental thing. Is it youth, inexperience, immaturity or a residue of having $42M in your checking account!?!?

    • Bobby says:

      All well said, Pete.

      Arguing of whether Crawford WAS fat. Who the hell cares? Get over it.

      More importantly, Opening day in 12 days. Any of you kids going???

  19. Gonzo says:

    Hanley had the same thing happen to him yesterday on that bloop single to center field. He didn’t hustle out of the box assuming that Pagan would catch it. Terrible base running. He should have been at second. I think that Puig can get fixed. The manager that’s in charge of whatever team he’s on needs to call him on it just like Charlie Manuel benched J. Rollins’ ass when he didn’t run full speed on a pop up.

  20. Mark_Timmons says:

    I’m probably one of the few who cares that Crawford was fat because I was attacked for daring to say anything bad about a Dodger. If you can’t see the difference in Crawford’s physical appearance, then you must be Ray Charles.

    I said he was fat when he was. The important thing is that he ain’t now!

    I’m not going to bother posting the photos because if your mind is already made up, you won’t see it anyway, but there’s a big difference in just his face from the news conference until now.

    However, if your minds are already made up, I’m sorry to confuse you with the facts. Continue on with the circle jerk…

  21. Quasimodo says:

    It seems we’re likely going to see Puig battle to the last day for a spot on the roster. The freeway series will be played hard in pitcher friendly parks with crowds the kid has only dreamed of. I think that’s the test all of us and the Dodgers have our sights on. I’ve been of mind Puig should be playing in the minors starting the season, but maybe 10 days from today my mind will be changed. Dodgers front office has some tough choices ahead as they did last year. Only this year its too much opposed to too little.

  22. Quasimodo says:

    About Crawford being fat…I might be the only one here who just didn’t know one way or the other. I had read he was 20 lbs. over, but not being a Red Sox fan I didn’t see and thusly fit with Ray Charles. But who cares? Some of the biggest names in baseball, past and present, belong to some heavyweights.

  23. Badger says:

    Your mind was as “made up” as anyone’s Mark. All most of us ever said was we never saw him naked so we cant comment on his level of fatness. Maybe you showered with him because you were so adamant about it. His numbers were all that ever mattered to some of us and as Brooklyn pointed out, for a guy dealing with injuries they weren’t all that bad. What I read, and posted about him said he was a workout warrior. It had nothing to do with not saying anything bad about a Dodger, it was about dealing with a different set of facts than the one you selected. (a picture)

    Anyone know how bad Hanley’s thumb is?

  24. Quasimodo says:

    No news yet, Badger. On HanRam that is. Pretty interesting read on Crawford at M.S.T.I.

  25. KEN says:

    IF Gordon does not play SS and Cruz play at 3B for the rest of the ST then maybe management has given up on Gumpy.

    IF Rameriz and Crawford both start the season on the DL then Puig should be added to the 25 man roster on opening day.

  26. Quasimodo says:

    Dodgers are playing Cruz at SS today in preparation of Hanley being unable to start opening day.

  27. Puig madness says:


  28. Bobbie17 says:

    Just got back from the Dodgers-Royals loss. 2 errors and a WP in the first inning. This manager just doesn’t know how to get this team ready to play. And don’t give me “it’s only Spring Training.” That’s a total cop out. I’m not sure they will be as “good” as last year. The 2 best players: Luis Cruz and Yas Puig. Everything else was same old sh…….t. Kemp might be close, except they had him stealing second with a head first slide, which didn’t seem too smart. Harang was awful. Didn’t see Ethier all day, not even in batting practice.

  29. Ken says:


    As I was telling Mark the other day (just after the play happenned) Gumpy’s base running at 2B shows that he just does not have enough baseball sense yet and I assume that the LAD management knows it. Also see post at Chad Mori…. about Gumby’s poor base running.

  30. Ken says:

    Possible Opening Day lineup :) :(

    1. Ellis 2B
    2. Cruz SS
    3. Gonzalez 1B
    4. Kemp CF
    5. Ethier RF
    6. Puig LF
    7. Ellis C
    8. Uribe 3B
    9. Pitcher

    • Anonymous says:

      I could live with that

      • Badger says:

        I could too – if I had to.

        That lineup does not win the West.

        Haven’t checked yet, but am figuring another point was added to the odds today.

        Disappointing news in Gordon ken. I haven’t seen enough to know any better. Been kinda busy here in Denver. I’ll take your word for it.

  31. SpokaneBob says:


    I am sure you remember the movie about the Caine Mutiny with Humphrey Bogart. Puig is pronounced much the same as Bogart’s character Captain Queeg.

    At some point during the year Carl Crawford could become the highest paid 4th outfielder in the history of the game. Thats some upgrade over Tony Gwynn.

  32. Bball says:

    How about puig and others (don’t no who) to Florida for Stanton.

  33. DRomo says:

    I am looking ahead. Assuming Puig can keep it up and is everything we hope he can be. Then assuming Carl Crawford gets his arm back into shape. Which I hope the Dodgers and Carl are in no rush now that we have a viable option to “hold his spot”. I see Andre Either as a possible tradable asset. We may eat cash in the deal but he still has value. I like Andre alot. He has a roll on this team but we have a phenom on the way and a healthy Crawford is much more valuable than Either I think.
    I think the Dodgers will be patient and not rush to move anyone yet but when we look at mid season needs we have to think Ethier will be an asset that may help us get our biggest needs filled, what ever that may be come June/July.
    2 weeks left boys. I can smell the Dodger Dogs already….

  34. beckett_rockett says:

    we gotta keep Puig. He is the future of the dodgers.

    surplus starters, like Harang, should be replaced by the prospect(s) of the other club. Possible trade partners are Orioles, Padres, Twins, Piraes, Brewers, Rockies, Astros ….

  35. Pete M. says:

    11 days and a wake-up… Phillipes for my double dip beef french pre-game meal (a D-dog in the 6th. is in order)… Damn near Nirvana…
    Walk over to the train station and jump on the bus for the Ravine…
    Hanley…wait n see…We got troops that can weather the storm…You want guaranteed ‘D’ up the middle…Call back Justin Sellers…Just my thought… I can live with the Cruz-Uribe combo for the time being…
    Both Crawford and Dre should feel like Wally Pipp…At the rate the Cuban Missile is progressing, it’s not ‘if’, but ‘when’…

  36. Quasimodo says:

    Well results on Hanley’s thumb are not good-torn ligament and surgery today and certain DL. 8 weeks=60 days.

  37. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Keep in mind the Dodgers now have resources. Don’t know what moves are possible, but it will take more than an injury to Hanley to make me nervous. And as much as I’d like to see the Dodgers get off to a quick start, it’s probably not critical. In fact, more critical than Hanley and a fast start, is the kind of year Kemp and Gonzalez have. If they get going everything will probably be OK until all the pieces fall into place.

    In spite of what B17 says, spring training stats/results are generally not pivotal. I remember as a kid growing up in NY, the Yankees were always terrible in the spring, and became the Yankees when the bell rang. Call it motivation, adrenaline flow, or whatever, the start of the regular season is a whole new ballgame.

    Maybe Puig is the next coming, maybe not. Having a good spring doesn’t mean he’s going to be great, and it doesn’t mean he’s going to be a bum. It’s nice to see him tearing the cover off the ball, but let’s be real and remember that even at his best he’s not going to hit over .500. And averages being just that, averages, he’s likely to go through periods when he has a problem reaching the Mendoza line. If memory serves, I don’t believe he’s shown a whole lot of patience at the plate, and that he has tendency to chase breaking balls away, making him prone to strikeouts. He can certainly hit cripples, but what happens when he begins to see consistently better breaking balls when the bell rings on April 1st. Even the fastballs will increase in velocity and movement.

    In spite of all that, I don’t have a problem with Puig opening in LA, if the Dodgers deem that he could be ready. But I also have no problem with him opening in the minors, and getting a call in May or June if he’s tearing it up. No matter what the case, Puig at some point is going to have to make adjustments as big league pitchers begin to feed him big league stuff on a consistent basis. Maybe he’s the next Albert Pujols/Barry Bonds, maybe not. Only time will tell. And some players make adjustments at an early age and with little experience, and some don’t.

    Maybe McGwire has gotten Uribe to change his approach, and he will begin to hit the ball up the middle and to right field with consistency. Maybe everything will finally fall into place. Or maybe not. I’ll believe it when I see it, and not until then. Luis Cruz made adjustments last year, and maybe they’ll last. Who’s to say Uribe can’t do the same?

    I saw that analysis of Gordon’s baserunning yesterday, and quite frankly I’m not buying it. To me, the replay was inconclusive, since I couldn’t determine exactly what Gordon might have been seeing. His hesitation may have been the result of his not being able to determine instantaneously if the ball might be lined at an infielder. If there were two outs and he didn’t run, that’s one thing. If not, well, that’s another. Gordon probably needs to begin the season in the minors, and be brought up if he performs well. If anything, he’s shown more patience at the plate this spring. I’m not sure everything has to fall into place all at once, but in the long run I like the entire package. I’m just not a what have you done for me lately type of person.

    Crawford????? We’ll just have to wait and see. And since I’ve brought it up before, I don’t mind if he becomes the highest paid 4th outfielder in baseball history. If the Dodgers can afford it, it’s fine with me.

  38. Bill Russell says:

    Make a trade with Texas for Elvis. Perfect time to move Hanley to 3rd when he returns.

  39. Badger says:

    Congrats Hanley. Like quas said, you got what was most important to you. Now just sit back and cash the Dodgers checks and maybe be ready for the second half push.

    Uribe, Cruz and Ellis won’t strike fear in anyone. Puig may not have any holes in his swing. My guess is he does and ML pitchers will find it. Hope he can punish a few early season mistakes.

    Not the team I wanted to see start the season.

    • Ken says:

      Gumby missed the plate by more than a foot and still had to be told to touch home plate. I am concerned about him.

  40. Ken says:

    With Hanley out the dodgers need more power and should gamble with Puig starting the year in LF and presumably going to AA when Crawford is healthy, unless of course he is hitting the snot out of the ball. Also not sure when Kemp will be completely health so more power the better until 5/1. Ned has begun to imply that Puig could possibly maybe start the year with LAD.

    I will vote for McQuire to be inducted into the HOF if Uribe can hit higher than .275 for the entire month of April while starting at least half of the games.

  41. Badger says:

    Uribe WILL hit 275 – only it will be on the scales, not his batting average.

    Uribe won’t hit his weight this year, McGwire or no McGwire.

    This is a golden opportunity for Gordon. He can make several million with what he does in the next few months. Carpe Dee-em young man.

  42. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    If his ankle is OK, Gordon should be starting at short to begin the season. That is, unless the Dodgers pull off a major deal for a stud shortstop or third baseman.

    Badger, you’re probably right about Uribe. I find it hard to believe he’ll do anything. But I guess, stranger things have happened. Have they?????

    If Gordon plays, and gets on base consistently, and Kemp, Gonzalez, Ethier, Puig/Crawford/etc., etc. all hit, the Dodgers should be able to produce enough runs to win. Hanley will be missed, but in the long run, if Gordon capitalizes on the opportunity, the Dodgers will be better for it. And hopefully Hanley can come back in two months. Like with Gordon, thumb injuries can be tricky.

  43. the truth hurts says:

    Wow. Punched in the gut by the WBC.

    I didn’t mind it, now I hate it.

    The start of the season is an exciting time. A time where you want a player like Hanley to have a great year. Mentally it changes things when one of your offensive stars will be out the first 8 weeks. I know the season is long, BUT it just changes the feel of the start of the season. At least for me it does.


  44. DRomo says:

    Enough with the WBC bashing. I get it he got hurt in a non Dodger game. But Lets be honest he makes that dive playing in Camelback too.

    Grienke injured his shoulder throwing in a pre-season game….should we stop having those too?

    It’s a freak injury he got playing baseball. It’s not like he was out screwing around playing pickup basketball or riding a motorcycle.

  45. Quasimodo says:

    Do you have a vote in HOF that could count? Big Mack will probably earn his entry into HOF, just not as a player. Badger, you love Gordon, I like Gordon, and now there’s a fair he makes opening roster. Am I worried? No. Though I’d feel better w/o members starting on the DL. Pitchers are in good shape-Bills as #5! Teams have to face this rotation in half the games! It’ll take a lot to discourage me and so far a lot just ain’t there to do that.

  46. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Truth, I understand how this could be a bummer. But it could also be an opportunity for this team to show what it’s made of. If it effects the thinking of the players, I hopes it’s more in the direction of greater determination as opposed to being bummed by some bad luck.

    It could hurt, because it’s conceivable that Kemp could get off to a slow start as he continues to recover from his off-season shoulder surgery. But if the pitching is good and the hitting is OK (if not great), then this team should be at least competitive.

    If Gordon’s ankle is healthy, then I would like him to open the season at short with Cruz at 3B. Also, given the need of Gordon to re-establish himself, if he does play, I think he should be placed at the bottom of the lineup, not lead-off. If he does well he can eventually be moved up to lead-off, but not now. And in the long run, as noted above, it’s conceivable that if Gordon does well, Ramirez could find himself at 3B when he returns. Or the Dodgers could consider moving Gordon or Cruz to 2B. Lot of possibilities, including deals, that could completely change the picture I’ve painted above.

  47. SpokaneBob says:

    Disagree Brooklyn….Best case outcome is that Dee establishes that he can be the leadoff hitter that we need, which allows Crawford to hit #2 and Hanley ends up at 3rd. That is our optimum ofense without considering what Puig might be able to add. I know you want to take the pressure off Dee, but it is more likly that Hanley will accept going to 3rd if the team is sucessful with Dee leading off.

  48. AnewBlueDay says:

    Going on vacation very early tomorrow morning. So I might be out of the posting for awhile. Flying to China, taking a cruise there. Return about April 6.

    But, there might be wi-fi on United across the Pacific, or in some Chinese stores.

    You guys get the Dodger guys to open the season with a bang.

    Roger Dodger

  49. Ken says:

    Fife hits 96! Starting pitcher #9.

    I feel good about 2013 because the discussion surrounds which of the good players should start the year with LAD as oppossed to our discussion last year where we often wondered how are the existing players going to create a winning team.

  50. Beckett_rockett says:

    considering the updates, I expect the changed roster of the dodgers like this;

    1. Opening day roster(25):

    Kershaw, Beckett, Billingsley, Greinke, Ryu

    Jensen, League, Belisario, Guerrier, Howell, Capuano, Gregg

    A.J. Ellis, Gonzalez, M.Ellis, Gordon, Cruz

    Schumaker, Kemp, Ethier

    Federowicz, Uribe, Punto, Hairston, Puig

    2. DL: H.Ramirez, Lily, Elbert, Crawford, Tolleson

    3. major-ready minor leaguer:Herrera, Flfe, Wall, Guerra, Castellanos

    4. trade candidate: Harang

  51. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    I didn’t say that Gordon should never lead off. If he does well (assuming he starts at all) he will eventually find himself at the top of the order. In the meantime, he needs to just get into the lineup, play everyday, and not have the added pressure of leading off. Also, I believe I read somewhere that Mattingly has already said that he wouldn’t lead off. If Gordon hit 8th, I couldn’t imagine a better runner to have on base in front of the pitcher. He’s got to be one of the easiest players to bunt over to second. In fact, he could steal second and be bunted over to 3B.

  52. Quasimodo says:

    Actually I’ve read that faced with the situation as is with Hanley that if Gordon starts SS Mattingly will put him at bottom of lineup. I can see the the upside of this call. It is a better spot for him to prove himself than it would be from the minors. Tough spot for Mattingly, things’ll have to go right with whatever his choice is. Kershaw starts tomorrow, can’t wait to see the lineup.

  53. SpokaneBob says:

    Bottom line is that I want Gordon in the line up. If he hits 8th he can still help the team. I just want to see him establish himself and grow from there.

    Rocket – If Puig opens the season on the big club he will not be on the bench.

    I think the emergence of Fife would make Ned more comfortable with dealing a starting pitcher.

    • Badger says:

      Agree Bob.

      Gordon at the top if the lineup is ideal only if he can handle the pressure. But getting on in the 8 hole is important too.

      I don’t think pitching is going to be a problem. It would appear we have plenty of arms.

  54. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Also, if Gordon is in the lineup, even if he can deal with the pressure of leading off, I don’t think it’s something that he needs to deal with now. Of course, he may not even be in the lineup, but if he is, I’d think the best place for him to get started is hitting 8th. Let him get experience and build his confidence in a less pressurized role, and move him up if and when his play warrants it. As far as I’m concerned, he could 8th all year (9th in AL games with the DH), as long as he’s productive and begins to gradually eliminate the mistakes of inexperience.

  55. Badger says:

    Which means Ellis, and his projected .317 OBP, for about 120 games maybe, is our lead off guy.

    Not exactly what I had hoped for out of the 1 hole.


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