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deepsouthside
05-02-2006, 11:16 PM
Although Pods had a great night stealing bases against Cleveland, the running game seems a bit bogged down. I am not complaining because the Sox are winning in spite of it. I am enjoying every minute of it. It just seems that too many of our basestealing attempts are caught and we are even getting picked off the bag way too often.

I can appreciate that Baines and Raines should be exposed to all facets in coaching to further their development. However, Raines is one of the greatest basestealers of all time. His experience would seem more valuable at first where he can help baserunners pick up pitchers' tendencies more quickly.

Harold is great, but Raines at first seems a better fit.

ilsox7
05-02-2006, 11:19 PM
Raines has more of an impact being in the dugout. There, he can talk with the players at much more length about tendancies and whatnot. How much do you think a 1st base coach can say to a guy on 1st base? First, you've got crowd noise to deal with. Second, a guy is at 1st base for a short period of time. Third, the 1st baseman is standing right there, so it's not like you can have an extended conversation about a pitcher's tendancies and his pick-off move.

Putting him back in the dugout allows Raines more time with each player and the opportunity to have extended conversations, where any tips he may pass along can be used later in the game.

DannyCaterFan
05-02-2006, 11:22 PM
This has been bothering me also since spring training. I just can't understand why we moved one of the best base stealers of all time off of coaching first base. Things seemed to work pretty well with Raines there last year. I have always been a fan of Harold's, but I don't see what he adds over at first.

TheBull
05-02-2006, 11:32 PM
I thought I read some articles during the off-season that intimated that Harold might not be around after this year on his own accord. Perhaps the plan is to prepare Rock for bench coaching duties by switching spots with Harold. I am probably wrong on both counts, but Harold's leaving the Sox as a coach sticks in my mind.

sodfatherjunior
05-03-2006, 01:46 AM
I've also heard that Harold doesn't want to coach after this year b/c he wants to spend time with his family, which I don't blame. Next year Rock might move back to first or we'll get another solid former White Sox player to coach first base, perhaps 1 Dog. Who's your choice to coach first?

StockdaleForVeep
05-03-2006, 01:49 AM
we've matched last years record at this point and scored more runs, whats wrong

BainesHOF
05-03-2006, 03:32 AM
Podsednik is clearly not running as fast as he did before he got injured last year and our running game hasn't been needed as much with the addition of Thome. It's ludicrous to blame Baines for our lack of stolen bases.

ws05champs
05-03-2006, 10:39 AM
Who's your choice to coach first?
Rudy Law

Hangar18
05-03-2006, 10:41 AM
I've also heard that Harold doesn't want to coach after this year b/c he wants to spend time with his family, which I don't blame. Next year Rock might move back to first or we'll get another solid former White Sox player to coach first base, perhaps 1 Dog. Who's your choice to coach first?


If onedog comes back, he will take the uniform #1 im sure. Not to hijack a thread here, but I think its kind of corny for coaches to be wearing uniform numbers

viagracat
05-03-2006, 10:56 AM
I don't think good base stealers, like Pods, needs a lot of help from the first-base coach. Sounds like Rock is a big presence in the dugout, which can only be a good thing.

lumpyspun
05-03-2006, 10:59 AM
Singleton at first base next year?

voodoochile
05-03-2006, 11:17 AM
If onedog comes back, he will take the uniform #1 im sure. Not to hijack a thread here, but I think its kind of corny for coaches to be wearing uniform numbers

You want a guy in a suit standing in the coaches box?:tongue:

Iwritecode
05-03-2006, 11:27 AM
If onedog comes back, he will take the uniform #1 im sure. Not to hijack a thread here, but I think its kind of corny for coaches to be wearing uniform numbers

It's technically part of the rules. The coaches and managers are supposed to wear the same uniform as the rest of the team. I guess that would include #'s on the back.

Actually the official rules only specify 1st and 3rd base coaches but it's more of a traditional rule that most managers follow.

MisterB
05-03-2006, 12:13 PM
Rudy Law

Julio Cruz. I believe he's still under contract.

Chicken Dinner
05-03-2006, 12:49 PM
It's technically part of the rules. The coaches and managers are supposed to wear the same uniform as the rest of the team. I guess that would include #'s on the back.

Actually the official rules only specify 1st and 3rd base coaches but it's more of a traditional rule that most managers follow.

You do see a few managers wearing those pullovers that aren't part of the uniform of the day.

FedEx227
05-03-2006, 01:21 PM
You want a guy in a suit standing in the coaches box?:tongue:

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