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  1. Minor quabble, but Sheffield is still a very good base runner.

    Comment by Eric Cioe — April 1, 2009 @ 9:32 am

  2. So CHONE sees Sheffield repeating a horrendously low .237 BABIP again? When his career number is .289. I don’t know why you draw concrete conclusions off of a projection system, without factoring in the incredibly poor luck that he suffered, and also the fact that because he was battling an injury, he wasn’t able to get his hands as high as where he usually has them last year, which affected his plate coverage. This spring he has said he can get his hands back up there, and so should be able to cover the whole of the plate better. I bet CHONE doesn’t take this kind of info into account, and I’m not bashing him for it, but the fact that your basing your entire conclusion off some random guys projections baffles me.

    He may suck in the OF, so what? In LF he can’t do that much harm. Stick him in a platoon with Ross & Hermida. Ross sucks vs RHP and Sheff has done pretty well in his career vs RHP, so plug him in LF and shift Hermida to RF on the days when they’re facing a tough RHP, and when they’re up against tough LHP stick Sheff in for Hermida. Brett Caroll and Alfredo Amezaga aren’t exactly gonna set the world on fire

    Comment by Ewan — April 1, 2009 @ 11:01 am

  3. Ewan,

    You’re failing to realize that projection systems forecast BABIP as well, and have Sheff at .250, up from .237. The problem is that the last three years, AKA, his true talent level right now, is vastly different than his talent level 5-8 years ago. The last three years, his BABIP has gone from .302 to .266 to .237. Sheffield claiming a renewed ability to “get his hands up there” is akin to others claiming they are in the best shape of their lives.

    Sheffield may still have a bit of value but not as a full-time starter.

    Comment by Eric Seidman — April 1, 2009 @ 11:52 am

  4. I also don’t think that CHONE projections can be classified as “done by some random guy.” CHONE is pretty well regarded.

    Comment by Chad — April 1, 2009 @ 4:19 pm

  5. Charlie must have really liked professional hitter Matt Stairs over Jenkins. They need another outfielder, badly. Werth and Vic will miss about 45 games. Who will fill the void? Bruntlet? Mayberry? Someone not on the roster?

    Comment by Chuck — April 1, 2009 @ 6:55 pm

  6. A month or so ago the Devs were one of the teams I didn’t wanna see today I’d love to see them in the first round as a Ranger fan. Alas the Rangers will likely face the Caps or even the Bruins. Montoya gets a shutout eh? Somewhere Senile Sather is puffing a cigar and saying see my first round picks(besides Staal and Arnott) don’t all suck the last 15-16 years. Oh well Montoya is a Hockey God compared to Hugh Jessiman. I suspect next start Montoya gets lit up(like he has since he turned pro)

    Comment by ted — April 2, 2009 @ 1:49 am

  7. They should sign Barry Bonds to a one year deal. Hell he could play the majority of the games in left field over Ibanez. Collusion anyone?

    Comment by brian recca — April 2, 2009 @ 2:45 pm

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