Thursday, July 31, 2008
OC, SS; AJ, C; Q, LF; JD, RF; Thome, DH; Ram, 2B; Swish, 1B; Fields, 3B; Wise, CF. Danks pitching.
A little different look to the lineup today.
Thoughts on the Day
I think we helped ourselves with acquiring Griffey in the following ways …
Options for Ozzie (based on who is hot, who needs a day off, etc)
Rest (keeping everyone fresh down the stretch)
Flexibility (both in the field and in the lineup)
I will be interested in seeing Griffey in center. It seems to me we have some parks where CF is manageable (like ours) and others where there is a lot of space to cover.
Another school of thought … that having a chance to play for a postseason slot will re-engergize Griffey.
It is going to be a fun two months (and hopefully, three).
When I got into the car this morning at 7 am to come to the office, the first thing I heard on the radio was, “Ken Griffey Jr.” My heart skipped a beat. But the local host was saying that the Cubs should pursue Griffey, which brought a smile to my face.
We become the first team in baseball history to feature a 600 and 500 home run hitter at the same time (source: Elias).
Griffey also becomes the second 600 home run hitter to be traded in-season, joining Willie Mays.
Word out of Minnesota late this afternoon has Swisher passing uniform No. 30 along to Griffey and switching to uniform No. 1.
Griffey is expected to join the club in KC tomorrow. I may be a little off on the numbers, but he owns a 16-game hitting streak against the Royals and has homered in his last six games. Of course, that was in 1999.
This from the press release:
Griffey, who has hit safely in his last 12 games with the Reds (.318,
14-44) and owns a .927 on-base plus slugging percentage in July, is batting .245 (88-359) with 15 home runs, 53 RBI and a .355 on-base percentage in 102 games with Cincinnati in 2008.
That OPS is July would rank fourth on our club behind: Dye, 1.046; Thome, 1.004; Quentin, .941 and Missle, .933.
So let me know what you think of the trade. I’d love to hear your thoughts …
And best of luck to Nick and Danny with the Reds.
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