What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
MJH on accountability
My dad and i came out to Surprise AZ for this week of Spring Training. After watching the game on Wednesday afternoon we hung around the stadium so I could try and get a couple more signatures on my program. Mitch Moreland was down the first baseline signing along with Chris Davis. I got Mitch to sign my program and then scurried off to see the greatness that is Nolan Ryan, but I noticed that Mitch was still down the line after I walked away from Nolan without a signature on my program from the day the Rangers retired his number. I just love Mitch because he just stayed and stayed and talked to fans and interacted with them and even ran back to sign a ball for a kid when he had already headed out of the stadium. He is now my favorite player besides guys named Josh Hamilton and David Murphy! Keep that heart Mitch!
I like seeing a player go out of their way to make a fan happy. I also wonder what it's like to be in that situation. I mean, at some point, the players have to get tired of standing around and doing that stuff.
Another reason to like Mitch is always nice. I like him more now after that story.
That's a good point Adam. Even if you sign 100 autographs, fan #101 thinks you're an asshole.
Moreland has proven his worth in many ways. He translates it all on the upside too. I love "over achievers", as Mitch. A player that can take those fleeting moments and understand where they're at in life. Good story, for even a greater guy, like Mitch Moreland.
Mitch Moreland may be the most valuable infielder the Rangers have right now.After starting off 2010 with a question mark at first base,he has proven to be a solid starter.He has the potential to be a gold glove winner.I hated the early talk this spring training about platooning Napoli and Young there.Sorry but Moreland has earned the position as his own.It would be a big mistake to try any other player there this season
Even assuming Moreland continues to produce like he did for 2 months in 2010, that's still projects to slightly below average for an AL first baseman. And as I see it, that is his ceiling. I just don't look at Moreland and think, "OK, first base is taken care of for the next five years"
Five years?? Which of our position players charts out with an upside or incline in your projections? Are we talking league average? The highest would be our future core in your system? Much discrepancy or fall off between 3yrs to 5yrs?
make it 3 or even 1 if you like. Was hyperbole about how comfortable everyone seems to be about Moreland at that position...
My point is that the guy has a two month track record that over a full season still adds up to pretty mediocre for an AL 1B. Yet, despite hand wringing at nearly every other position and pitching slot, Moreland is just assumed to be the guy at 1B.
LOL- Assumed? OK, your point made... but for some reason I see it- Mitch won the position of 1B over three others. With the SELL of Matt to KC, Moreland has pretty much been given that position in strength. I guess I am just blind to the full spectrum of numbers, but I do remember the stress of his WS hitting. That may seem trite to some also. It's a glass half full, instead of half empty cliche'. I'm not seeing many nicks in the armor, unless you're looking for perfection or a better fantasy pick for your team. Are you waiting for a train wreck? Sometimes an over achiever happens in a great way. It's always a nice story for me, not a wait on a fall from grace.
Question: is Moreland still considered a rookie when it comes to MLB service time, & status for awards?
I think it's 130 at bats, and Mitch had 145.
130 ABs50 IP45 days on 25 man roster
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