Put Me In Coach! Reds Center Field Dickerson and Taveras

And welcome back to Put Me In Coach!

The articles that talk about the individual instead of just the team as a whole, because after all there is no “I” in team, but there is “me”…like that one…yeah let’s try again.

There is no “I” in team, but there is one in “win” and that’s what we’re trying to do!

Okay skip it.

 So let’s get to our stars…
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You see unlike you so called “professional” bloggers I don’t only write the articles I take the pictures as well  ha!  (ok next time I’ll use a better picture I promise..it was short notice…really)

What can I say about Chris?  So far…I like him!  He’s brought an unexpected bat as he’s hit a couple homers in spring training.  At least it was unexpected to me.  When I met him in January he was very nice, and as far as I can tell he will fit in well.  Now he does have a problem though, he’s currently in the line up for a position that we’ve paid a lot of money for someone else to play, that being Willy Taveras (more on him later, and the term a lot of money is based on money the Reds pay for a player not so much in comparison to some pinstripe wearing individuals from New York  but back to Dickerson, he’s bringing a good bat to the team. The good news is there could be some space for him in left field.  This is his first major league season, and his stats from the minors show an average player with 14 hr, and 30 steals, but his first couple at bats here in spring training definately show he’s ready to play in the bigs.  This is a story of we will wait and see.

on the other hand…

We have Willy.

Willy was our big winter pick up, a player setup to be one of the leading base stealing machines of this year, good experience, stong background in baseball, did wonders for the teams he was on when that one special special thing happened.

He gets on base.

You see Willy has a problem and his first run during spring training hasn’t shown quiet yet that the change of venue has fixed the problem.  Willy can’t hit.  If he can make a career out of being a pinch runner I think life would be grand for Willy, but that doesn’t happen too often.  He is the center piece of our small ball, hit and run goal for 2009 and as of yet he hasn’t been really able to show it off.  Is this something he can overcome?  Is this something that a good hitting coach can resolve?  Dusty thinks so, and I’m not to the point to doubt his judgement on this one, because as wel all know he listens to me.  (laughs) He’s quoting that his goal is 100 steals for 2009, an impressive number and is possible for him if he stays healthy, which I don’t believe there are any signs of that being an issue for this year. 

On a personal note, Dickerson doesn’t make my fantasy list, but Taveras certainly does later on in the draft as good lock for those steals, so for those apart of our MLB Blogger’s Fantasy league….hands off!


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