What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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Back in the late 70s the Braves took a 6'5", 215 lb. catcher and moved him to centerfield, where he gave them a decade of all-star quality performance. Dale Murphy. This, from EG, is why I'm looking around: "Julio Borbon threw a ball back to the infield that was neither to a cutoff man or a base. It just landed in the middle of the diamond." Chris Davis, maybe? He has an option, we are apparently set at first and third, Borbon isn't forcing himself on us, and Davis may have finally put it together. Let him prove it at Round Rock, but give him a chance at a position of need. We can always trade him later if he fails. Yes, it's crazy. But so was moving a giant-sized catcher to center.
Chris Davis in CF? Are you nuts?
The only way that CD makes it to the outfield is if Hamilton goes back to CF. Davis would make a good corner OF, imo.
Davis can play ALL corners, but CF? No, probably the #1 position on a team.
"Giant-sized catcher" does a disservice to what Murphy's physique. He definitely looked the part and had the speed to play center. If anything he wasn't husky enough to be a classic catcher in those days.
Ironic that he comes up after a guy has a problem throwing to someone in the infield since that's why Murphy got the boot from behind the dish.
I forgot about that throwing issue with Murphy. Unintentional irony. I wasn't really meaning to disparage his physique, just to point out that non-whippets have successfully played the position.
If you look at photos of him from the early 80s, he looks a heck of a lot more "whippet" than "giant catcher"...even in his later years, he was still long and lean...
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