OT: Go Toreros!

I generally don’t follow college hoops. Then again, my alma mater generally doesn’t upset UConn in the NCAA tourney. Congrats and good luck against Western Kentucky!

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  1. Anybody know what is up with Johnson? It seemed like he was injured near the end of the game, or least they were talking about it during the telecast. It certainly seemed like he was injured as his defense wasn’t very good at the end although maybe that was the only time that UConn attacked him off the dribble.

    It was amazing that UConn kept giving Pomare that 15 foot jumper from the left side of the key. You figure that once he made 4 or 5 of those they would have started to guard him especially since UConn was so much bigger and USD didn’t really use a post player.

  2. Hey, Didi … anyone ever tell you that you don’t know squat about college hoops? ;-) I sure hope you don’t end up beatin’ me!

    Question: “C. Keach” … who are you?

  3. Fick and DaVanon officially released.


  4. Kind of surprised that Davanon got released. That leaves their outfield very left-handed until Headley gets called up (Edmonds, Giles, Gerut or McAnulty). I think that pretty ensures that Crabbe makes the team as he’s a switch hitter and he might be the only player on the Opening Day active roster that can play CF. If Crabbe makes the team, there is only two open bench spots — figure one will go to Gerut or McAnulty while the other would be either Stansberry or Rodriguez (can’t be Robles as he hits left-handed as well).

  5. 4 … I’ve seen Hairston play CF, so Crabbe is not “the only player on the Opening Day active roster that can play CF” … observations matter just as much as the historical record, imo … (ie. it takes both “scouting” and “statistical analysis” to see the full picture of what the status of a player and/or team is).

  6. Lots of good/interesting posts by TK @ UT recently …


    … including this update on Hampson: “Bud Black doesn’t expect left-hander Justin Hampson on a mound for at least seven days. He said an MRI revealed shoulder tendinitis in Hampson’s shoulder.”

  7. 5 … Iguchi with a 2-run HR off Royal’s starter (Bannister) … Padres up 2-1 after top of 5th …

  8. 5 … CY’s given up 2 solo HRs today … to Grudz and Butler …

  9. 2 runs in 7 innings is definitely a quality outing in my book… 5 H, 4 K, 1 BB … looks like he’s ready… I just wish they had pitch counts on those box scores.

  10. That’s why I said might. Gerut’s played some CF too so he’s another option.

    It would be great if Hairston can play CF. I thought one of the reasons that Arizona dumped him was that they thought he wasn’t going to cut it in the field (plus they had a ton of young OF’ers so they didn’t really need him).

  11. I’d almost rather have Crabbe starting in centerfield and Hairston in left field rather than having Gerut start on a regular basis.

    Gerut, not exactly tearing it up in Arizona this spring at .262, simply doesn’t bring much to the table. Decent speed and power but nothing exciting. Really not sure what all the hoopla is about this protypical 5th outfielder.

  12. Re: 13 You and Schlom have brought a great deal of negativity AND inaccuracy to ‘snorts. Are you the same person?

    Gerut is at .289 with a .632 slugging percentage this spring.

  13. I would suggest that diveregent opinions are a good and necessary thing, if a message board is going to be anything more than group think.

  14. Re: 15

    I didn’t realize statistics were opinion based.
    My bad.

  15. Re: 17

    CBS sports has .289 avg. with a .632 slugging.

    The point, if you missed it, was the flow of the blog has been derailed at every opportunity of late with pedantic and repetitive b.s.

  16. 18.

    I get the point, didn’t miss it. My prespective is a little different. I believe derailing is a good thing, that lively debate is a whole lot more intersting than full agreement on every point.
    If the holes on this team were not a hot button no one would respond, the posts would just hang there, but they are a hot button and people respond. In essence you can’t derail without willing participants.

  17. I would say that a lot of the OF problems would disappear if Hairston can handle CF. Personally, I thought it would be a longshot but he’s played out there a lot this spring and I haven’t read anything that says he’s terrible out there. If he can play CF they can slide Edmonds over to LF which is probably a better spot for him. They’d still have age and possible injury problems (plus Edmonds and Giles both were terrible against lefties last season along with Giles being terrible at home) but when Headley gets called up that would solve LF. They’d still need a righty to platoon with Giles/Edmonds.

    I think everyone realizes that I’ve been driving the dump Gerut bandwagon. What I don’t get is that when I said that I would have liked to sign Corey Patterson everyone ripped into me. But at least he’s played in the majors the past three season (granted one of them was awful). At least with Patterson you get a superior athlete how can cover a ton of ground in CF and can be used on the bases — neither of which Gerut provides.

    As I said, if Hairston can play CF then a lot of the OF problems disappear.

  18. 15: DS has always had divergent opinions and plenty of intelligent, critical thought, and it was a much more pleasant place without the belabored, constant negativity of some posters.

  19. Corey Patterson is not a very good player and he has history to back him up on that. Sure, one can say you know exactly what kind of a player you are getting with him. A serviceable CF. Unfortunately, he’s a below average player.
    I’d roll the dice with Gerut for a month or so, and yes, he can completely tank but he can also be good.

  20. LM: I’d be very suprised if I beat your picks in the tourney. It’s like this every year with my picks so, yes, you are right I know squat about the Madness. Still, it doesn’t stop me from entering a bracket or two. :) Heck, you invite, I participate.

  21. #15, 21: Divergent opinions are great, so long as they are supported by some amount of intelligence.

    #18: Exactly. I’d prefer not to spend my time moderating posts, but we need to do a better job of advancing the discussion. Saying the same thing over and over again isn’t civil discourse, and it isn’t welcome here.

    This has been added to the Comments Policy. Thanks to all for honoring it.

  22. 19: Derailing from the topic at had each day with the SAME EXACT comments each time isn’t a good thing. GY posts and we comment. Its not group thinks. Everyone isn’t in total agreement with their comments or even what GY posts. There is plenty of healthy intelligent argument about the day’s topic. But when the topic is, for example, Tadihito Iguchi, the thread shouldn’t be derailed with the same tired post (Loshe, Gerut sucks, Penny Pinching Moores, we are the Royals) as the previous 3 weeks of topics.