Nice quick read, Mike. Maddon loves to let his starter work deep into the game, often letting them go until they allow a baserunner trying to squeeze as much out of them as possible. If it comes the 7th and Shields or Price end up letting the first guy on, it’s nice to know that Hopper will be available to attempt to coax a GBDP.
Comment by Sandy Kazmir — December 15, 2011 @ 5:03 pm
Solid pickup from Tampa for almost nothing in return. Hard to say what the Marlins were doing here…
I doubt it as I just came up with it, but I give Staats and BA full permission to use the line, “A two-hopper from Hopper starts the double play.” Hopefully they get to use it a lot this year. I just wonder why the price was so low as Jefferies seems like a non-prospect at this point.
Comment by Sandy Kazmir — December 15, 2011 @ 6:33 pm
Marlins fan here – we called him the Hopper as well, pretty sweet nickname! Not sure why we traded him for basically nothing, he’s been solid but no room on the roster I guess, would probably have been our long man. Hope he does well at Tampa.
You could even add a little dance “the Badenhop”. “there’s an inning-ending double play and they’re doing the Badenhop here in Tampa” *camera pans to the three people in attendance and they’re all doing the dance*
Comment by Antonio Bananas — December 17, 2011 @ 11:29 am
Hopper has been his nickname since his Marlins’ days, lol