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  1. 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

  2. Solid pickup from Tampa for almost nothing in return. Hard to say what the Marlins were doing here…

    Comment by JG — December 15, 2011 @ 5:41 pm

  3. Hopper? Is that his nickname?


    Comment by Mark — December 15, 2011 @ 6:19 pm

  4. 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

  5. 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.

    Comment by Dave — December 15, 2011 @ 6:40 pm

  6. His nickname should be ‘Boris’. You have to get every moose and squirrel reference you can.

    Comment by Steve N — December 15, 2011 @ 8:38 pm

  7. For a groundballer, Badenhop is nearly as bad a name as Bob Walk, Eric Plunk, and Grant Balfour.

    Comment by matt w — December 16, 2011 @ 12:20 am

  8. Rays continue to do the little things right. Someone should write a book about it.

    Comment by Husker — December 16, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

  9. You know what is absurd is I just now realize the greatness of the last name “Balfour”. Shame on me.

    Comment by Colin — December 16, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

  10. 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

  11. Hopper has been his nickname since his Marlins’ days, lol

    Comment by X — April 18, 2012 @ 9:21 pm

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