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caulfield12
post Apr 14, 2012 -> 10:51 AM
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Fernando Vina also comes to mind, but his career was wrecked by injuries, too, not just Beckham's psychological "malaise."

The question with Kuhn is how many more runs would he give up defensive, compared to the possible offensive payoff? Can he really put up a 700-725 OPS at the major league level?

If he can, it's probably enough to offset Beckham's 575-625 OPS.

But that's a big if. Clearly, KW isn't convinced or he would have protected Tyler. If he (Kuhn) can have a career like Aaron Miles or Joe McEwing, I'd be elated.

Tyler has an 804 career OPS in AA and 773 in AAA.

He started out almost at 1000 OPS with Great Falls and struggled more in Kannapolis and Winston-Salem, but was still promoted to BIRM the following year.

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post Apr 14, 2012 -> 07:45 PM
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Beckham's swing looked butter smooth on the drive he roped foul in today's game - almost akin to the path he was taking in 09... Then again, it was a foul ball.

Maybe a faint reason for hope.

Get it done Gordon - just kill it. Start slaying the ball and forget the ladies for now. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/tongue.gif)

Green: Maybe if the coaching staff locked him in his cup for the season he'd start hitting again.
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post Apr 14, 2012 -> 07:56 PM
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Be a honey badger Gordan.
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post Apr 14, 2012 -> 07:59 PM
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QUOTE (JohnCangelosi @ Apr 14, 2012 -> 04:58 AM) *
I cannot recall a player coming up in his rookie year, looking SO good, and falling off like this to where he is now. Ever.

Warren Morris

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/morriwa02.shtml
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post Apr 14, 2012 -> 08:04 PM
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His approach/swing are as bad as ever. Beckham's O-swing% (percent of pitches swung at outside the strike zone) has gone up dramatically each year he's been in the big leagues. I still think the talent is there, but he needs a ton of coaching before he becomes half the offensive player we hoped he'd be after the '09 season.
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post Apr 14, 2012 -> 09:21 PM
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QUOTE (hi8is @ Apr 14, 2012 -> 08:45 PM) *
Beckham's swing looked butter smooth on the drive he roped foul in today's game - almost akin to the path he was taking in 09... Then again, it was a foul ball.

Maybe a faint reason for hope.

Get it done Gordon - just kill it. Start slaying the ball and forget the ladies for now. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/tongue.gif)

Green: Maybe if the coaching staff locked him in his cup for the season he'd start hitting again.


Well, the first sign of recovery would be quality contact on foul balls so we'll see. I'm not holding my breath.
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post Apr 14, 2012 -> 09:49 PM
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QUOTE (bucket-of-suck @ Apr 14, 2012 -> 08:21 PM) *
Well, the first sign of recovery would be quality contact on foul balls so we'll see. I'm not holding my breath.

This year is no doubt a make or break for beck.
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post Apr 15, 2012 -> 12:12 AM
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I don't think that guy is ever coming back. At least not with the Sox... Thank God the glove is stellar or he'd be completely useless. As opposed to being only completely useless at the plate.
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post Apr 15, 2012 -> 10:57 AM
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Its a shame he got Walkerized.
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post Apr 15, 2012 -> 11:39 AM
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Everybody tweet this video to Beckham haha.

It is nice to see him staying positive & giving the other players props on twitter after every game, but if he somehow finds that 09 stroke.....WATCH OUT FOR THE SOX!
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Steve9347
post Apr 16, 2012 -> 10:36 AM
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I have finally given up on Gordon Beckham ever remembering how to hit.
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post Apr 16, 2012 -> 11:21 AM
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It is truly a sad, sad story.
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post Apr 16, 2012 -> 11:30 AM
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Isn't this like Brian Anderson II?

Awesome fielder, young talent... but ultimately useless at the plate. Just when you think you can breath a bit with Dunn and Rios then Gordo goes over a cliff.

Either way, if he continues to flail by May by all means send him down to get it together. As the saying goes, you can't win a season in the first couple of months but you can lose it...
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post Apr 16, 2012 -> 11:34 AM
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QUOTE (Steve9347 @ Apr 16, 2012 -> 11:36 AM) *
I have finally given up on Gordon Beckham ever remembering how to hit.


I'm with you. I was still holding out some hope, but not anymore. It wouldn't be the first time a player had two awesome months but turned out to be no good. It's now 2+ years of evidence that it may have just been a fluke.
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post Apr 16, 2012 -> 11:36 AM
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Except Anderson never came close to putting together 4 months of exceptional everyday play together.

Not even close to Gordon's half-season of success in 2010.

And not so sure at all that anyone can feel halfway comfortable with where Rios is at right now.
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