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  • Apperently Riccardi's experimenting with Cloning...

    Eric Hinske has worked in the OF most of the spring, and taken flyballs most of the winter. he is expected to split time between LF, 1B, 3B, and DH, with a bulk coming in the OF.

    i find this greatly amusing. the Blue Jays are basically trying to clone Russell Branyan, but without the offensive force and at a much higher cost.

    when Branyan was non-tendered by the Brewers he was signed to an $800,000 contract by the D-Rays. i don't understand Riccardi's logic in not offering the same (or similar) deal to Branyan, rather than try to teach Hinske a new position while he is making $3.1 million.

    Branyan's always been offensively superior to Hinske, and surprisingly, a bit better defensively at third and first than Hinske.


    Code:
    Hinske
    Age	AB	TPA	AVG	OBP	SLG	OPS	ISOD	ISOP	IOS	RC/27
    25	566	650	279	365	481	846	086	202	288	6.88
    26	449	514	243	329	437	766	086	194	280	5.29
    27	570	634	246	312	375	687	066	129	195	4.06
    28	477	537	262	333	430	763	071	168	239	5.32
    Total	2062	2335	258	335	430	765	077	172	249	5.36
    
    Split	AB	AVG	OBP	SLG	OPS
    Right	1549	267	349	445	794
    Left	513	232	294	384	678
    
    Position	FPCT	RF	ZR	G
    3B		952	2.46	718	425
    1B		993	9.81	905	100
    LF		YTD	YTD	YTD	0
    
    Branyan
    Age	AB	TPA	AVG	OBP	SLG	OPS	ISOD	ISOP	IOS	RC/27
    24	193	220	238	327	544	871	089	306	395	6.77
    25	315	361	232	316	486	802	084	254	338	5.82
    26	378	435	228	320	458	778	092	230	322	5.49
    27	176	205	216	322	438	760	106	222	328	5.61
    28	158	182	234	324	525	849	090	291	381	5.77
    29	202	242	257	378	490	868	121	233	354	7.31
    Total	1464	1691	232	327	480	807	095	248	343	6.13
    
    Split	AB	AVG	OBP	SLG	OPS
    Right	1249	235	334	480	814
    Left	215	219	286	479	765
    
    Position	FPCT	RF	ZR	G
    3B		944	2.77	737	229
    1B		994	9.93	800	39
    LF		968	1.96	897	136
    RF		971	2.64	909	17

    i don't quite understand Riccardi's logic, and the best i can come up with is it's because Hinske's not far into arbitration. of course, i didn't understand Riccardi's logic of brining in Koskie and Hillenbrand to join Hinske at 3B either. wouldn't last year have been the more oppritune time for the Jays to attempt to clone Branyan?

    but it brings me to one last point...how can a guy who's been in the majors at younger age, and been better offensively and defensively than Hinske have so many fewer plate appearances? just doesn't make sense to me.
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  • #2
    thanks for stopping by ravenlord, i'll try to answer your question.

    The Jays are stuck with Hinske's contract, it's a bad deal and everyone knows it. If we did sign Branyan, we would have to designate Hinske or stick him at the end of the bench which for a guy making 3+ million, wouldn't be so great. Hinske is still young too and the Jays don't really want to give up on him yet.

    As for last season, the Jays signed Koskie to play 3rd and Hillenbrand to play 1st and platoon Hinske between the two of them. Hinske had never played 1st to my knowledge before that. This year, after we brought in Overbay and Glaus, there would be no room for Hinske in the infield. So, they thought to get Hinske in the line-up, he would have to shag balls in the field.

    I hope that answers your question, if it didn't just post it again, usually takes me a while to get the question.

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