Theny wrote:You're probably right, Snake. But he's certainly better than Callahan or Norv Freakin' Turner.
Tecmo Bo wrote:I hope you Mainers have been checking out the Sox' AA affiliate in portland. Thier roster is pretty stacked with hot Sox prospects. Papelbon, Lester and Delcarmen have all been dealing. Hanley and Pedroia have been hitting pretty much all year and Brandon Moss is starting to come around in a big way.
There's also Charlie Zink who isn't pitching great, but hell, he's a knuckleballer so you never know...
Theny wrote:No, I know who won the 1992 WS, I was talking about your Wrestling Analogy for the 1991 World Series, since neither team was defending champs that year.
JohnnyDamon wrote:Theny wrote:No, I know who won the 1992 WS, I was talking about your Wrestling Analogy for the 1991 World Series, since neither team was defending champs that year.
OK, here's what I mean. Even though the Twins had finished dead last the year before, they had won a title only four years earlier. Meanwhile, after 1983, the Braves were stuck between "sucky" and "downright atrocious." I guess the better analogy would have been the Braves were Rocky to the Twins Apollo Creed. The Twins, with Kirby Puckett and Jack Morris, were easily the favorite, but Atlanta showed more guts by losing the way they did rather than getting blown out. I was only 5 when it occurred, but I distinctly remember watching every single game of that World Series in its entirety, and thinking this was the best baseball I had ever seen.
Dustin Pedroia was moved up to Triple-A after hitting his eighth homer for Double-A Portland last night.
Pedroia, one of the game's premier second base prospects, hit .324/.409/.508 with seven steals in 66 games for Portland.
Scouting Report: Pedroia's tools are below-average across the board, but people have learned not to sell him short. Scouts expect him to be a big leaguer, and probably an everyday player. He's not physically gifted at 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds, but Pedroia is a classic overachiever and possibly the best player in college baseball. He has a great work ethic and exceptional sense of the game. He's hard-nosed and competitive, and without peer as a team leader. He's a blood-and-guts player who thrives under pressure and makes everyone around him better. Scouts question whether he can be an everyday shortstop on a good team because his arm and range are short, but he catches almost everything hit at him. He has sure hands, a quick release and excellent hand-eye coordination, and is adept at anticipating plays. He doesn't profile any better as a second baseman, a more offensive position. While he led the Sun Devils with a .409 average and nine home runs, he doesn't have a pretty swing and is a slap hitter. But he has good strike zone judgment and is a tough out. He struck out only 11 times while drawing 43 walks. He compares to Angels shortstop David Eckstein, though Eckstein is a better runner. On tools, Pedroia is not a high-round pick but he's a perfect fit for a performance-based organization like the Athletics, who have four of the first 40 picks.
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