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  • #16
    Originally posted by gpd311
    They'll probably get him. The sox love picking up old washed up players.
    Do you know what you're talking about? Do you know how good Snow still is as a defensive 1B? Or, you just assume he's wash-up, because he's old? :noidea

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    • #17
      I believe that he would be good defensively but we really need offense.

      Bill Mueller was an insane defensive 3rd baseman but he could never put the bat on the ball when he needed to in 2005. We don't need more of that.

      It would be worth sacrificing some defense for some clutch hitting.

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      • #18
        Clutch hitting? The only hitter that has prove to me to be consist clutch hitter is David Ortiz. I don't consider any other player in MLB to be as consist of a clutch hitter as David Ortiz.

        The Red Sox need offense? I think the Red Sox need a lead-off hitter at this point. The offense of the rest of the team is good, as it seem as Manny Rameriz is staying in Boston. The Red Sox need to improve their bullpen, get a CF and SS and address their lead-off problem, not overall offense, which at this point would have been perfectly fine if we had a respectable lead-off hitter.

        Mueller hit 295. in 150 games last season and hit 330. with runners in scoring position. Mueller brought the offense, but as for clutching hitting? Not so much, because his numbers in the late innings and with two outs were not that great, but like I said, only Ortiz would be the only person I would consider when looking at clutching hitting for a player since he's the only consist performer in late innings to me at this point.

        We sacrificed defense for offense in the first half of 04 and we saw how good that went for the Red Sox.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Evangelion
          Clutch hitting? The only hitter that has prove to me to be consist clutch hitter is David Ortiz. I don't consider any other player in MLB to be as consist of a clutch hitter as David Ortiz.

          The Red Sox need offense? I think the Red Sox need a lead-off hitter at this point. The offense of the rest of the team is good, as it seem as Manny Rameriz is staying in Boston. The Red Sox need to improve their bullpen, get a CF and SS and address their lead-off problem, not overall offense, which at this point would have been perfectly fine if we had a respectable lead-off hitter.

          Mueller hit 295. in 150 games last season and hit 330. with runners in scoring position. Mueller brought the offense, but as for clutching hitting? Not so much, because his numbers in the late innings and with two outs were not that great, but like I said, only Ortiz would be the only person I would consider when looking at clutching hitting for a player since he's the only consist performer in late innings to me at this point.

          We sacrificed defense for offense in the first half of 04 and we saw how good that went for the Red Sox.
          I agree with you all around, especially about Bill Mueller. Mueller is the type of veteran all teams should want, especially the Red Sox. He's hard nosed, scrappy, and plays his best at Fenway. With the addition of Lowell, Mueller could have moved to 1B, and if Lowell hit anything like last year, than Mueller could move back to 3B with Youkilis at 1B. If anything the depth on the team would be better and Mueller would almost guarantee a .285 hitter with some pop.

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          • #20
            I really thought the only reason the Sox have needed back-up first basemen like Doug and Olerud was because Millar was rubbish with the glove. Youk's a better fielder, so what do we need a late-inning defensive replacement for? Doug was brought in so we wouldn't have more Bill Buckner moments, which I don't see happening with Youk.

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            • #21
              I think Snow was a good pick-up, though they didn't really need him. Now as far as the Red Sox front office is concerned, how about a SS and CF?

              Note: this doesn't mean to get rid of our LF for a SS. What sense does that make?
              Back to being underdogs

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              • #22
                Youkillis is common position is 3B, not 1B. We don't know how good he will be at 1B next season. Gold Glove playing 1B in the late innings is going to be nice. Youkillis could be a Gold Glove winner in the future? Doubt it, but could happen, but right now, he's an un-proven 1B defensively and we don't know what to expect from him yet either.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Evangelion
                  Mientkiewicz's problem was cover by Mattingly. You don't want this guy on the team for all the issues Mattingly mention. I also mention that Mientkiewicz want to start, not be a part-time player, like he would have been on our team if he stayed or came this year. Also, as I said, only the Royals were willing to give him the starting job at 1B that he desired. He still believe he can play starting 1B, that's also probably another reason why he walked after 04 season. We were not willing to give him a starting job.
                  Thanks very much for the kind words, as I try my best to be fair in this forum, as I'm a visitor.

                  That said, from what I remember, Mientkiewicz was traded to the Mets. From what I remember, there was one roster spot open for 1B, and it was between Mien and Kevin Millar. Though I think that Mien's defense and poor hitting was more preferable to Millar's good hitting and poor defense, it seemed like the ball thing was too much to bear.

                  Perhaps I'm overextending myself in say this, but I'd have a hard time thinking that many Red Sox fans could look over at 1B if Mientkiewicz were playing there and not think, "Why did he take our ball home with him, as if it were his own?"

                  Doug made a tough "offense vs defense" choice a rather simple one, I like to believe.
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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Evangelion
                    Youkillis is common position is 3B, not 1B. We don't know how good he will be at 1B next season. Gold Glove playing 1B in the late innings is going to be nice. Youkillis could be a Gold Glove winner in the future? Doubt it, but could happen, but right now, he's an un-proven 1B defensively and we don't know what to expect from him yet either.
                    I'm sure Youkilis will be fine at first and at the very least, a step up from Millar. It's nice to have a slick fielding first baseman, but it's the easiest position to get by with just an average fielder. The difference between a good fielder and an average fielder doesn't matter nearly as much at first base as it does in the rest of the infield. So Youkilis should be fine (if the Sox starting trotting Ortiz out there regularly, then there should be pause for concern).

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                    • #25
                      Fire Larry Luchinno.
                      Cristobal

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by wilkerson_rulz
                        Fire Larry Luchinno.
                        How exactly is that comment on J.T. Snow, the six time gold glover, signing? :noidea

                        DoubleX, I also believe Youkillis will be fine at 1B and also playing some 3B, too. We know Lowell will not start every game at 3B next season, so Youkillis will start some 3B and give Snow some start at 1B next season. I really like that system myself. So, I have no problem with this setup and this is why I like the signing on J.T. Snow starting a few games at 1B during the season and also being a good solid defensive replacement during the late innings.

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