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Les: It's obvious you dont know shit about baseball. As for my suggestion about Kins or Profar catching eviddently sarcasm doesn't translate to fools like yourself.
les writes: There are plenty of lefty batters catching, like JOE MAUER, who by such absurd thinking, like you suggest, are forced to learn to throw with their other unnatural arm. What truly is absurd though is your suggestion to have Kinsler or Profar catch.
Dude, you don't get it. Mitch Moreland throws left-handed. You can't teach him how to throw right-handed in the middle of a pennant race. You can't teach him how to play catcher in the middle of the season.
I bet Les could.
I mean, the only problem is the logic. I, too, like to think you could just plant a player at any position you wanted and everything would be fine -- that's why I play video games. But defense does matter, and there are legitimate growing pains to moving infielders to the outfield (Kinsler), or 1st basemen to catcher (Moreland).
I'm left-handed. I write with my left hand, eat with my left hand ... do mostly everything with my left hand. And as terrible as that sounds, that's not how I mean it. Point is, I throw right-handed, and I bat right-handed. That's it. Just because Joe Mauer is a left-handed hitter does not mean he's a natural left-handed thrower who had to teach himself how to throw righty. Some things are a priori and you can't help it.
In baseball, handedness is relavent. In the abstract, we could discuss the merits of lefty-throwing catchers, but in reality it's just not reasonable.
Eric, come on your smarter then that to think of such nonsense that I would suggest moving Mitch this season. Your very logical mind is lost in the flow of these last posts. The whole scenario goes baxk to a topic you, me and many else have discussed nearly all off season. What to do with Profar, and as I type he just parked one in right center to go ahead 2 to 1 in the bottom of the eight. Play him at second, move Kinsler possibly to first , then what do you do with Mitch. The Rangers are solid at catcher this year with A.J.. There is so much that goes into being a catcher, you know that having played high level baseball. That Mitch learning the catching role is not as absurd as it sounds, there was thoughts in that direction, knowing his baseball background, that the Rangers had thought about, a mere thought but a thought, back in Surprise in 2011 when the Rangers needed to move MY and they had Davis at the time. IF I would suggest the most likely scenario: Cruz is not signed for 2014 [and you never know with free agency or contracts / who would think Andrus would sign a long term, even if Boras got in a few key clauses], Kinsler moves to first and Moreland goes back to his #1 position from 2005 to 2011, right field, with AJP resigning and Profar, of course at second. What you jumped into was a very poor gambit on my part to get JD talking about baseball, bringing up the name of the even today considered the greatest catcher in the history of the MLB, and he reponded as if to say 'never heard of him'. So ti was attempt to get this forum back to talking baseball and only baseball, was a dismal failure, and on my part will not be tried a second time. But at least you, myself, many others, even JD are at least talking baseball instead of some other totally unrelated subject.
God damn les-grow a brain
les, Mitch Moreland is left-handed, and slow. He's not moving to catcher or right field.
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Eric, Moreland is slow as molasses. So unless you move him to DH, which will be his position in 2015, and Berkman has a good year and takes his option for 2014 to return as DH, what is the solution? You are very good at critiques, even if you over use pasting others post, you seldom offer solutions. So here is your opportunity. What then is the Rangers starting 9 for 2014 as you see it?
JD, I hold two B.S., a M.A, AN EdD, AND A PhD. What is your educational level? inquiring posters want to know.
Impossible to predict at this stage, but it would look something like this:
1. Andrus - SS2. Profar - 2B3. Gonzalez - LF4. Beltre - 3B5. Kinsler - 1B6. Berkman - DH7. Suzuki - C8. Martin - CF9. Beltre - RF
Bench: Shoppach (C), Gentry (OF), Garcia (IF), and someone else to play the 4-C role.
Mitch is an above average defensive 1B. If he was to ever be a catcher, he needed to switch positions in A ball. Mitch was considered better defensively that Davis and equal to Smoak. IMO...If Ian position switches, he should go to LF and get Murphy back to 4th OF. Martin/Gentry platoon, Cruz in RF until end of contract year.
Les: You can hold those "degrees" in one hand and shit in the other. That would make about as much sense as the drivel you post on here.
Mitch is an above average defensive 1B.
No he is not.
Did you really get up at 3:00am to take another shot at Mitch Moreland!
Mitch is a very functional first baseman, the type that Wash appreciates, but he does not have the range of the top echelon first baseman, like Pena, Tex, Votto or even Davis. He knows this, so he works hard on hid defense and shows improvement, but still at times his footwork resembles an outfielder or catcher playing first. He still finds a way to make the play. His arm is top rate, and should be having been a budding lefty power pitcher out of Mississppi State. So is Mitch an above average first baseman, he is trending in that direction. To say he is not is essentially incorrect and overllooks major strides in improvements. First base is a position of technique, quite teachable, but it starts with a player with soft hands. Mitch has and will always have limited mobility compared to a Pena or Tex, but that is a less significant point when teamded with a second basemqn with excellent range, which Kinsler and Profar both have. So if Mitch keeps learning foot technique, he stays at first and is not a defensive hole.
Yes, he is.
Les,Go work on your twitter skills. I skip your shit as much as I skip JD's...
P1Stefeni: Wow you're a "shit skipper"? Does that pay well?
Mitch has posted a positive UZR this year and last year. This year he's currently 9th in UZR among 1Bs. By UZR, he's a little above average. He's not terrible defensively, but nor is he elite.
Andy: As a poster you are not terrible but again you are not elite.
How does a past/present bag of tricks including pitcher, 1st base, and outfield yield a conclusion that he could learn to a major league-quality catcher on a contending team (in under a year at that)? From all the discussions on this site and others regarding the scarcity of quality catchers, what makes you think he can simply be plugged in and learn all the niceties of catching? Also, how does one look like a "catcher playing 1b?" Does he crouch in between plays? Maybe if he was 17 and hadn't spend his career honing the craft of playing first and wasn't left handed and many other things, this could be considered a possibility. But there are so many holes in this idea that it is nothing but a pipe dream based on unfounded conjecture
This talk about Moreland catching is insane drivel coming from idiots. And if you say it is NOT then you are one of the idiots.
I've got an idea............Why don't we make a catcher out of Jorge Alfaro
Maybe we could get Pudge and Les to work with him and accelerate his progress
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