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Ishmookie
04-23-2006, 11:46 PM
I know im going to get some negative responses due to his homer today but i'm not liking the way centerfield is looking right now, should we expect a trade midseason?

ShoelessJoeS
04-23-2006, 11:48 PM
I know im going to get some negative responses due to his homer today but i'm not liking the way centerfield is looking right now, should we expect a trade midseason?
:rolleyes:

Playing an almost perfect center field is good enough for our high-powered offense, even if BA is hitting .150

LuvSox
04-23-2006, 11:49 PM
Can we wait until mid season before we condemn Anderson?

beckett21
04-23-2006, 11:53 PM
Can we wait until mid season before we condemn Anderson?

Thank you. We just finished week 3.

Remember all of the uproar over the 'Jermaine Dye Experiment' early last season? That seemed to work out just fine. Granted Dye was a veteran, but BA will get his bat going sooner or later.

As long as he keeps bringing his glove to the park, that's all I'm concerned about. Any offense from him is gravy.

lostletters
04-23-2006, 11:54 PM
He is playing good defense, and that is all they expect from him right now. The offense will come around, and he has been looking better recently.

Chisox003
04-23-2006, 11:54 PM
:dtroll:

Jjav829
04-23-2006, 11:55 PM
I know im going to get some negative responses due to his homer today but i'm not liking the way centerfield is looking right now, should we expect a trade midseason?

Agree completely. I'm not liking the way centerfield is looking. I was thinking we should do something to give it a different look. Maybe a flag pole out there or a hill. Or both! Let's trade our centerfield to Houston for their centerfield! :bandance:

Scottiehaswheels
04-23-2006, 11:55 PM
I know im going to get some negative responses due to his homer today but i'm not liking the way centerfield is looking right now, should we expect a trade midseason?You didn't happen to call into the post game show today did ya? :smile:

Ol' No. 2
04-23-2006, 11:58 PM
Where's that "This Thread Sucks" guy? Oh, the hell with it.

THIS THREAD SUCKS.

TheOldRoman
04-23-2006, 11:59 PM
Thank you. We just finished week 3.

Remember all of the uproar over the 'Jermaine Dye Experiment' early last season? That seemed to work out just fine. Granted Dye was a veteran, but BA will get his bat going sooner or later.

As long as he keeps bringing his glove to the park, that's all I'm concerned about. Any offense from him is gravy. End the Brian Anderson experiment. NOW!!

Seriously, you are right, and this thread blows. Dye was counted on to be in the heart of the order. Anderson is hitting 9th. If he manages to hit .250 I will consider him a huge success. After all, Torrriiiii Hunter has a robust career average of .267, and he is one of the greatest of all time according to ESPN.

LuvSox
04-24-2006, 12:03 AM
Agree completely. I'm not liking the way centerfield is looking. I was thinking we should do something to give it a different look. Maybe a flag pole out there or a hill. Or both! Let's trade our centerfield to Houston for their centerfield! :bandance:

Very well done!!!! :D:

Scottiehaswheels
04-24-2006, 12:08 AM
I know im going to get some negative responses Disappointed yet? :cool:

Saracen
04-24-2006, 12:33 AM
You know what Rowand did last April? Hit all of .233 with 7 RBI's.

Sheesh, give BA a break. :angry:

TaylorStSox
04-24-2006, 12:34 AM
CF's fine.

oeo
04-24-2006, 12:38 AM
He's batting .178 right now. Sure, it's not great, but it's fine as long as the rest of our lineup is lighting up the ball. He's our #9 hitter, and he will be fine. Give him some time to get into a groove and he'll start putting up better numbers. His defensive game has been great, and I'll take his arm over Rowand's anyday. There's absolutely no problem with CF right now, it's not like he's losing ballgames for us.

LuvSox
04-24-2006, 12:39 AM
You know what Rowand did last April? Hit all of .233 with 7 RBI's.

Sheesh, give BA a break. :angry:

Good research.

BA will be fine. LEAVE HIM ALONE

The Dude
04-24-2006, 12:40 AM
I know im going to get some negative responses due to his homer today but i'm not liking the way centerfield is looking right now, should we expect a trade midseason?
Anderson has a cannon for an arm and plays a good defense. He will only get better with time and his swing will come. Judging a player after 3 weeks is just plain dumb. Going by that, we shouldve dumped PK, Dye, Crede, Viz, and Contreras last season after slow starts.
And while were on the subject of CF, remember how slow Rowand started his career?? He didnt exactly light it up at the plate or in the OF in his first couple season.
Make this post in april 2007 and we'll talk.

PS- The only thing iffy is your post! Sorry, i just had to go there!:D:

FedEx227
04-24-2006, 12:51 AM
remember how slow Rowand started his career?? He didnt exactly light it up at the plate or in the OF in his first couple season.

Well he took lots of steroids remember... thats the only way you can have a spike in batting average and home runs!

getonbckthr
04-24-2006, 12:52 AM
I'm curious how did Robin Ventura start as a rookie? How did Ryne Sandberg do? Isn't Ryno a hall of famer? Not saying Brian is a future HOF'er but he is the future. We have to deal with the growing pains.

LuvSox
04-24-2006, 12:56 AM
I'm curious how did Robin Ventura start as a rookie? How did Ryne Sandberg do? Isn't Ryno a hall of famer? Not saying Brian is a future HOF'er but he is the future. We have to deal with the growing pains.

You're damn right. I'm curious as to how everyone else did at first in their chosen profession. HOF right off the bat? I doubt it. I wasn't, I'll admit it.



Now? I'm Cy Young, Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth :D:

balke
04-24-2006, 01:00 AM
As long as we have an actual CFer fielding like Rowand was, I'm happy with whoever is at that position. The last thing we need is Podsednik in CF, and Gload in LF!! ick.

Brian will be fine, probably not for a long time... but as soon as he gets some confidence and adjusts to the bigs, Chicago is going to love this kid. Joe Borchard he is not.

ondafarm
04-24-2006, 01:07 AM
I know im going to get some negative responses due to his homer today but i'm not liking the way centerfield is looking right now, should we expect a trade midseason?

Welcome to Carl Everett's 98%.

fuzzy_patters
04-24-2006, 01:23 AM
I predicted on my blog Friday night that Anderson would hit a homerun against the Twins, and he did. How did I know? He jammed himself on a pitch Friday night and pulled another one foul. This means he has stopped taking the defensive swings that he had been taking. Now that he is getting more comfortable, he will turn it around. Why look for someone else just when he is starting to swing the bat better?

Bobbo35
04-24-2006, 08:03 AM
3 weeks into the season and this man wants BA banished to the minors. I'll tell you what, there are some hard customers on the SouthSide. How long did it take Rowand to be a decent offensive supporter? BA will be fine. He is already ahead of Rowand in center because of his arm and will only get better. He is going to be a good player. Brian just needs to get the timing down of major league pitching.

jabrch
04-24-2006, 08:16 AM
I know im going to get some negative responses due to his homer today but i'm not liking the way centerfield is looking right now, should we expect a trade midseason?


This is another spineless, gutless post. It makes me sick. Our "weakness" is a rookie who has loads of talent, and needs a chance to show it. Teams don't just give up CFs better than Mackowiak/Anderson in April. And, in case you didn't notice, we are in first place with the best record in baseball. Maybe BA/Mack have done good enough?

I'm tired of the cowards. It was bad enough last year before we won it all. But now it is completely ridiculous.

kittle42
04-24-2006, 09:06 AM
At the game Saturday. Woman next to me, after Mackowiak misplays a ball..."Aaron would have had it." Later in the game, Thome hits a two-run bomb. Me to the woman: "Excuse me, would Aaron have had that one?"

oeo
04-24-2006, 09:15 AM
At the game Saturday. Woman next to me, after Mackowiak misplays a ball..."Aaron would have had it." Later in the game, Thome hits a two-run bomb. Me to the woman: "Excuse me, would Aaron have had that one?"

I'm just going to start asking people who Aaron is when they say that. We don't have an Aaron on our team...

hellenicsoxfan
04-24-2006, 09:49 AM
I'm curious how did Robin Ventura start as a rookie? How did Ryne Sandberg do? Isn't Ryno a hall of famer? Not saying Brian is a future HOF'er but he is the future. We have to deal with the growing pains.

Agree completely. I'm pretty sure Willie Mays was another player who started out really poorly. If Brian Anderson turns out to be half the player Mays was he'll have a good, long career. If a player only gets 3 weeks to prove himself, many great players would have never made it.

rdwj
04-24-2006, 09:55 AM
At the game Saturday. Woman next to me, after Mackowiak misplays a ball..."Aaron would have had it." Later in the game, Thome hits a two-run bomb. Me to the woman: "Excuse me, would Aaron have had that one?"

You could have told her BA would have had it too

wdelaney72
04-24-2006, 09:59 AM
I agree with ON2...

:threadsucks

spawn
04-24-2006, 10:34 AM
Ventura went through an 0-41 slump and commited 25 errors.
Ryne Sandberg endured a 1-32 slump as a rookie.
This team has won 8 straight, 12 of 13, and someone makes a post about his batting average? So far, the guy has played an above average center field IMHO, which is primarily what he's there for. I agree with other posters here...any offense he gives us is gravy.:rolleyes:

Gavin
04-24-2006, 10:48 AM
This is another spineless, gutless post.

:rolleyes:

Don't forget to take your blood pressure pills.

sullythered
04-24-2006, 10:52 AM
Give the kid a chance.

This is like (but not quite as ridiculous) as the people calling the post game and asking for us to cut Politte and Cotts.

Ol' No. 2
04-24-2006, 10:56 AM
Give the kid a chance.

This is like (but not quite as ridiculous) as the people calling the post game and asking for us to cut Politte and Cotts.Cotts didn't record a single out yesterday. He's got to go.

viagracat
04-24-2006, 10:59 AM
There were those who wanted to throw Podsednik and Garland overboard earlier due to slow starts, but no one is singing those choruses anymore. Give the kid a chance. Yes, a starting outfielder has to hit at least .260 or higher, and I think he will if he feeds off the confidence Ozzie is giving him. He got a couple hits yesterday, which is encouraging, and he is throwing some leather around out there. And if he's fulfilling his job as captain of the outfield, more power to him still.

If he continues to struggle, he'll get a game or two off. That happened to Pods, and he seemed to respond to the challenge. If BA does not respond, he'll get sent down. But that scenario is at least several weeks off. Right now he's going to play, I think he'll be fine, and it's way too early to say the sky is falling.

Steelrod
04-24-2006, 10:59 AM
If we continue at this pace, Anderson will be fine if he doesn't get another hit this year!
Come on guys, we're the World Champs, and in 1st place with the best record in the American League. No one has 8 all stars except the yankees, and where did it get them!

ws05champs
04-24-2006, 11:25 AM
BA is doing a great job in the field right now. It's not always how many runs you get, it's also how may runs you keep the other guys from getting. People were worried about us loosing Jose Valentine's bat but it almost seems like he gave up a run for everyone he got.

spiffie
04-24-2006, 12:02 PM
I have seen two things that have started to turn me around on Anderson:

1. I watched him run his ass off for balls the last few days. The first 10 or so games whenever he was out in CF he seemed skittish, afraid of making a mistake. The last few games he has turned on the jets a few times going for a ball, and yesterday he really used his arm for the first time and it was a cannon.

2. I sit in Sec. 101, Row 2 so I'm very close to CF. Yesterday after hitting his HR Anderson came out for the top of the next inning and the crowd in CF gave him his ovation. He looked up at everyone and yelled "It's about time!". I like that his confidence is there and he seemed to really enjoy getting his props from the crowd. He seems much more at ease out there now, joking with the crowd after the shot by Hunter (I think it was Hunter) that went off the wall behind him. He was relaxed and able to deal with the fact he couldn't get there even though he busted his hump to it. If Anderson stays relaxed I'm sure his fielding will stay at a high level. I don't know about his bat, it's not easy to hit major league pitching. But we'll have a good CF.

So yeah, I worried and I moaned...but I'm sold. As long as his attitude stays good I think we'll be ok with Anderson.

soxinem1
04-24-2006, 12:38 PM
Where's that "This Thread Sucks" guy? Oh, the hell with it.

THIS THREAD SUCKS.

THIS THREAD BLOWS BIGTIME!

Corlose 15
04-24-2006, 12:45 PM
I have seen two things that have started to turn me around on Anderson:

1. I watched him run his ass off for balls the last few days. The first 10 or so games whenever he was out in CF he seemed skittish, afraid of making a mistake. The last few games he has turned on the jets a few times going for a ball, and yesterday he really used his arm for the first time and it was a cannon.



Yeah, that throw to 2B on the double in the ninth inning yesterday was very impressive. Strong and accurate.

Lip Man 1
04-24-2006, 12:59 PM
Anderson is really going to have to tank before Ozzie and Kenny give up on him.

Regarding mid season...the Sox will be looking for bullpen help before anything else including center field. All Anderson has to do is catch the ball and play the game the way Ozzie wants him to do. With this lineup, they can carry him.

Lip

34 Inch Stick
04-24-2006, 01:00 PM
His first half stats should not be a concern to anyone. The first 400 at bats are for learning and adapting. After that, you can begin to scrutinize his play.

Any moments spent in anxiety over the guy are worthless. He has KW's fullest confidence, which means he will be there throughout this year.

Tragg
04-24-2006, 01:14 PM
Can we wait until mid season before we condemn Anderson?
I'd say off-season at the earliest; he's handling the D. Giving up on a player so soon is ridiculous. We'd have no Crede or Garland.
And who are we going to get in his stead? At best, some mediocre veteran, which is a sure way to turn a good baseball team into slop.

Theanticub
04-24-2006, 02:06 PM
Guys, the sox have won 8 striaght, and have the 4th best B.A. in the majors...STOP COMPLAINING ABOUT CF.

hawkjt
04-24-2006, 02:42 PM
I am going to assume the guy that started this thread is a big BA fan and knew it would turn into a BA tribute thread. Which it has with not one dissenter to the notion that he is fine.

Keep it going BA. You are one lucky kid on a great team.

BeviBall!
04-24-2006, 02:52 PM
http://www.thurrock.gov.uk/environment/images/thumbsdown.jpg

Send this thread to the lions!

SoxFan76
04-25-2006, 12:31 AM
3-3

:wink:

beckett21
04-25-2006, 12:32 AM
3-3

:wink:

Iffy my ***. :cool:

LuvSox
04-25-2006, 12:38 AM
Iffy my ***. :cool:

Well said.

EndemicSox
04-25-2006, 01:18 AM
If Anderson is hitting below the mendoza line come June, a change will be made. The kid has all the tools, so I don't believe he will continue to hit as poorly as he has. This is going to be a tough year for the kid, .250 wouldn't be too bad of a year for him.

voodoochile
04-25-2006, 01:21 AM
If Anderson is hitting below the mendoza line come June, a change will be made. The kid has all the tools, so I don't believe he will continue to hit as poorly as he has. This is going to be a tough year for the kid, .250 wouldn't be too bad of a year for him.

If Anderson continues to play defense like he has and continues hitting home runs (especially those ones that tie the game when down to the team's final strike) I don't care if he hits .198 this season.

KRS1
04-25-2006, 01:26 AM
http://www.maximumeyewear.com/productfolder/celebrity-sunglasses/movie-sunglasses/matrix-sunglasses/agent-smith-sunglasses/agent-smith-sunglasses.jpgMr Anderson, Welcome back, we missed you.

http://mlb.mlb.com/images/2004/03/30/sVuPdbiN.jpgIt ends tonight!

EndemicSox
04-25-2006, 08:34 AM
If Anderson continues to play defense like he has and continues hitting home runs (especially those ones that tie the game when down to the team's final strike) I don't care if he hits .198 this season.

You can find good defense. .198 isn't acceptable unless the OBP is over .300, in fact, it is piss poor. IF you are willing to accept piss poor, then so be it.

TornLabrum
04-25-2006, 08:43 AM
You can find good defense. .198 isn't acceptable unless the OBP is over .300, in fact, it is piss poor. IF you are willing to accept piss poor, then so be it.
I'll bet you said exactly the same thing when Robin Ventura went 0-40 to start his rookie year. Boy, it's a good thing Torborg benched him!

Frater Perdurabo
04-25-2006, 09:16 AM
I'm willing to bet my left nut that more than half of the Anderson haters are still pissed off that Rowand got traded. Nothing Anderson does - whether it be improved fielding, a better arm, or eventually better hitting - will be good enough for to appease them.

I can't wait for Jim Thome to hit is first slump. Then these particular Rowand worshippers will be calling for KW's head....

Anderson haters = :kukoo: + :whiner:

kobo
04-25-2006, 09:21 AM
You can find good defense. .198 isn't acceptable unless the OBP is over .300, in fact, it is piss poor. IF you are willing to accept piss poor, then so be it.
I'll accept a .198 BA if the team keeps winning and Anderson can continue to play a solid CF. Anderson isn't here for his bat, he's here because of his defense.

Frater Perdurabo
04-25-2006, 09:28 AM
Anderson isn't here for his bat, he's here because of his defense.

Agreed. Thome's torrid performance greatly reduces the need for offense out of the CF position. Crede and Pierzynski also are helping the offense right now, which further gives the Sox the luxury of starting a center fielder simply for his defense. Any offense Anderson provides is gravy. I don't care if he hits .198 as long as he's moving over runners via sac flies, bunts and grounders to the right side of the infield.

Tragg
04-25-2006, 09:49 AM
You can find good defense. .198 isn't acceptable unless the OBP is over .300, in fact, it is piss poor. IF you are willing to accept piss poor, then so be it. Who do you think can replace him? The choice is Anderson or some mediocre ballplayer with .050 more on the batting average who can't play D that some team wants to dump at midseason. I can see it now - jeremy burnitz and shift pods to center. Yuk. And we'll have to lose players to get that mediocrity. That's how the Cubs, Pirates and Royals build teams....we stopped doing that years ago.

TommyJohn
04-25-2006, 10:02 AM
Some dope on a blog wrote about his "concern" over Anderson after the
4-3 win in Detroit. Anderson had trouble with a flyball in the 9th, it dropped
for a hit. THe next guy homered to make it 4-3.. This got blog boy all upset,
he wrote Rowand would've had it. I wanted to spit and then some. Yeah,
Ken Berry would've had it, too. I'm still pissed that he had to get old and
retire. He didn't even bother to mention that the margin of victory was a
2 run blast by Jim Thome, the other end of the deal.

Then again, it IS hard to follow in the footsteps of a legend, just ask
the guys who replaced Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle.

voodoochile
04-25-2006, 10:06 AM
He didn't even bother to mention that the margin of victory was a 2 run blast by Jim Thome, the other end of the deal.

Then again, it IS hard to follow in the footsteps of a legend, just ask
the guys who replaced Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle.

Two points...

1) That is a GREAT point about Jim Thome. For all the guys crying about the loss of Rowand and ripping on BA, how many games has that trade WON for the Sox this year? 6?

2) Please let that be the LAST time someone mentions Rowand in the same sentence with Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle. I assume you were being sarcastic even without the teal, but it should never happen, even in jest...:tongue:

soxfan13
04-25-2006, 10:31 AM
Looks like the last 2 or 3 games BA is getting more comfortable at the plate. Huge homerun last nite to extend the game. Maybe, the BA bashers will start to quite down a little bit.

Randar68
04-25-2006, 01:31 PM
Looks like the last 2 or 3 games BA is getting more comfortable at the plate. Huge homerun last nite to extend the game. Maybe, the BA bashers will start to quite down a little bit.

Nevermention the great defense. He got to that gapper late in last night's game with ease after it looked like it was going to the wall...

soxfan13
04-25-2006, 02:09 PM
Nevermention the great defense. He got to that gapper late in last night's game with ease after it looked like it was going to the wall...

defense is a given:smile: