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  1. Yes, dont need to read the article

    Comment by RollTribe — February 21, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

  2. How do you get nothing from trading CC and Cliff Lee but get Carlos Santana from trading Casey Blake?

    Comment by West — February 21, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

  3. law of averages?

    Comment by Resolution — February 21, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

  4. i was surprised to see he was not even worse against fastballs. pitchers routinely climb the ladder against him and he just cant catch up.

    bummer.

    Comment by clevelander — February 21, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

  5. ned coletti!

    Comment by clevelander — February 21, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

  6. I don’t think it’s fair to call Carlos Santana not quite a catcher. He played 1b a lot last year because he was coming off of a horrific leg injury and it’s not like he was taking ABs away from better hitters. He has always seemed like a legitimate full time catcher to me.

    Comment by Preston — February 21, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

  7. I’m no scout, but every move he makes — in the field and at the plate — looks Frankensteinish. I’ve wondered what ever made him a prospect.

    Comment by Mario Mendoza of posters — February 21, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

  8. He’s a failed prospect for sure…but this is baseball, he could figure it out and be a star when he’s 29, who knows what the future holds.

    The Indians should play Kotchman every day, if only for his excellent defense. Worth making all the infielders look like gold glovers for sure.

    Comment by PL — February 21, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

  9. It is going to be mighty tough for LaPorta to stay in Cleveland or Santana going to D.H. and get rid of Hafner . I just don’t see room for Laporta at first base

    Comment by CS360 — February 21, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

  10. Kotchman at first mitigates the usefulness of Hannahan at third.

    Comment by Nathan — February 21, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

  11. Yeah, that’s a fair assessment. I just couldn’t think of any other snappy thing to say about him. I don’t think defense will ever really be his calling card, but he’s passable behind the dish — so I hoped it would come across that he’s a catcher, but moves around more than a typical catcher (not-quite-JUST-a-catcher?).

    Comment by Bradley Woodrum — February 21, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

  12. To say nothing of every breath he takes.

    Comment by Grebe — February 21, 2012 @ 5:09 pm

  13. I always figured the hip injury he suffered ’09 was the cause of a lot of his troubles. He doesn’t look physically comfortable at the plate the last 2 years. Its like he forgets to use his legs in about half of his at bats. He does continue to perform well in AAA though, so might be more mental than anything at this point.

    Comment by isavage30 — February 21, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

  14. I resent that.

    Comment by Michael Brantley — February 21, 2012 @ 10:18 pm

  15. ShH is a terrible choice of an abbreviation for ShouldHit. I’d simply omit the “hould” and pronounce it “Ess Hit”.

    Comment by reillocity — February 21, 2012 @ 11:33 pm

  16. Well, I see now that you addressed that option in your original post. Truth be told, the stat would generate a lot more publicity if you went with the alternative abbreviation.

    Comment by reillocity — February 21, 2012 @ 11:37 pm

  17. Glad your priority when writing this article was to say something “snappy” as opposed to something factually true.

    Comment by Socal Baseball — February 22, 2012 @ 1:00 am

  18. reminds me of posada. you could stomach his defense, even into his late 30s, because of his bat. he was not quite bad enough to get moved off the position.

    Comment by phoenix2042 — February 22, 2012 @ 10:20 am

  19. Well, Kotchman sure hasn’t been the answer…bring LaPorta back or trade him

    Comment by Dino — May 2, 2012 @ 3:39 am

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