Discussion in 'Arizona Diamondbacks' started by Town Drunk, Dec 5, 2018.
With 18 HR, 105K's, 46 walks and 44 RBI's
Walker is .259/.341/.503
19 HR, 49 RBI
Early in the season, I was touting Walker for rookie-of-the-year,
because he still qualifies.
Then when he went into a funk and Cron showed his power, I
wanted to see him get a chance, which he didn't.
At least, Walker has been finally coached to lay off high pitches
and is back on track as a solid power hitting 1B.
And has put himself back in the running for rookie-of-the-year.
Even if his ceiling is Goldy's declining years, he is a decent 1B.
But I'd still like to see Cron given a chance somewhere.
Highest K% since his rookie year. Hazen saw it.
Yeah, he seemed to be striking out more the last few years. Some were questioning his vision.
I've been posting that for a number of years. It would be astonishing if
management did not insist that Goldy have a full exam, especially with
the eye clinic that was one of the D-backs sponsors.
I cited an example of Carl Furillo with the old Brooklyn Dodgers. He hit
in the .290's every year for a long time, then fell to .247 in 1952.
They removed dust particles from his eyes and he hit .344 to win the
National League batting championship. The average of his .247 and
.344 back-to-back seasons? .296. How ironic!
A batter following the ball from the pitcher's hand and being off from
a quarter to a half inch in his swing is the difference between a long
drive and a pop fly. And an increase in strikeouts.
Every day I hoped to hear that Goldy had gone for an full eye exam,
but we never heard. And Goldy 's hitting skills diminished.
I would assume all players would get eye exams these days as part of normal team procedures given the money involved with these players. Heck, I get my eyes checked each year.
You would think if Goldy himself felt his eyes were off he would be proactively getting his eyes checked.
I suggested more than a "normal" checkup. With an opthamologist, not an optometrist.
As far as being proactive, ballplayers are taught to play through health problems.
Even someone as honest as Goldy might not be willing to blow the whistle on
something that could affect future contracts.
If Goldy's hitting hadn't become sporadic, we wouldn't be talking about it.
Something caused him to start his decline earlier than expected.
He is heating up.
4 home runs in the past 4 games.
Bound to happen... it's what he does. He'll be at 30+ HR's, 85+ RBI and .270+ batting average by the end of the season...
All for $26 million a year!
God bless the St.Louis Cardinals.lol
Yep... Gotta give Hazen a TON of credit on this deal... If Weaver can come back and be successful, this deal will be one of the most lopsided deals in favor of the Dbacks, in team history.
Even if not, it is still a great deal
1) Christian Walker, while he will never be a Goldy of Goldy's Prime, will be similar in numbers, and about $140 M cheaper
2) We solved our long-term Catching hole, meanwhile, St. Louis is stuck with an aging, declining $20/m year catcher with another year on his contract
Molina (37) and Goldy (32) in 2020 = $48 million dollars
Kelly (25) and Walker (29) in 2020 = 2-3 Million at worst
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