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Old 06-12-2012, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Padres recently called up Yasmani Grandal.

He should be a good one, for a catcher. He won't post a great batting average as he strikes out over a quarter of the time, but he should have good doubles power in PETCO and will get on base via the walk.
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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Padres recently called up Yasmani Grandal.

He should be a good one, for a catcher. He won't post a great batting average as he strikes out over a quarter of the time, but he should have good doubles power in PETCO and will get on base via the walk.
Yasmani should fit right in since we are in a Golden Age of oddball catcher names. What can you say about Yasmani which hasn't already been said about Saltalamacchia, Yadier, Wilin, Arencibia, Iannetta, Yorvit, Pierzynski, Humberto and Brayan?

And then there is Josh Thole of the Mets. His parents really blew a wonderful opportunity by not naming him Arthur or Andrew. If they had, then he might have gotten the nickname "A-Thole."
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Hometown of Jason Witten
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A-Rod has tied Lou Gehrig for most career grand slams: 23.
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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Adam Jones continuing his great season for Baltimore, hitting his 18th HR. His slash line is .310/.353/.589/.942.

Based on his rather poor AB/BB and BB/K rates the past couple of years I had some doubts about his ability to improve, but so far he is having a great season.
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:44 PM
 
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Adam Jones continuing his great season for Baltimore, hitting his 18th HR. His slash line is .310/.353/.589/.942.

Based on his rather poor AB/BB and BB/K rates the past couple of years I had some doubts about his ability to improve, but so far he is having a great season.
Over the course of his career, Jones' flyball percentage has been 33.3 %. In 2012 it has been 33.4%. His career batting average for balls in play has been .316, in 2012 so far it has been .313.

The big change has been in power hitting. Before this season, 14.1% of Jones' flyballs went for homeruns. This year it has been 25.8%. His isolated power, .172 for his career, has vaulted to .222 in 2012.

So...either we have a case of a player finding his natural power as he enters his prime years, or Jones has been doubling up on the Wheaties each morning. His success has been due to getting more oomph to his hits.
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Old 06-13-2012, 12:04 AM
 
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A-Rod has tied Lou Gehrig for most career grand slams: 23.
It took him 30% more home runs to do it. 24 players since Gehrig have hit more homers, but it took until now for one to connect that many times with the bases loaded.
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Old 06-13-2012, 05:50 AM
 
Location: Hometown of Jason Witten
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It took him 30% more home runs to do it. 24 players since Gehrig have hit more homers, but it took until now for one to connect that many times with the bases loaded.
But he's doing better in relation to DiMaggio with whom he's now tied for second place as a Yankee with 13 slams. A-Rod has 293 HR's with the franchise, DiMaggio 361. A-rod is in his ninth season. Joe D played thirteen years.

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Old 06-13-2012, 10:50 AM
 
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But he's doing better in relation to DiMaggio with whom he's now tied for second place as a Yankee with 13 slams. A-Rod has 293 HR's with the franchise, DiMaggio 361. A-rod is in his ninth season. Joe D played thirteen years.
That's nothing. Pat Tabler batted .489 with the bases loaded.
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Old 06-13-2012, 06:39 PM
 
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That's nothing. Pat Tabler batted .489 with the bases loaded.
Yeah, Tabler was a Yankee farmhand and they got the worst of the deal when they traded him away.
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Yeah, Tabler was a Yankee farmhand and they got the worst of the deal when they traded him away.
It got worse. The Yankees traded him for Bill Caudill, then got the worst of a deal trading him for Shane Rawley, then got the worst of a deal trading him for Marty Bystrom, who was washed up and was released.

It's like following the thread of what the Cardinals got for Steve Carlson, right down through Rick Wise, Reggie Smith, Joe Ferguson, to the last effort to get a few games out of Larry Dierker's career. From the day they acquired Dierker, Dierker won two games in his MLB career, and Carlton 156.
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