Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
Under the weather this morning... posting just enough to get a discussion going...
113 days until opening day.
According to Rotoworld[i], the Mets did/do have some interest in SS Jung-Ho Kang[ii] and most probably bid something yesterday when his name went up on the bard. Remember now, all this means is they could be bidding for the honor of approaching him to sign a contract to play in New York.
I just don’t see how you can calculate and translate a guy that hit .354/39-HR, 115-RBI in a bush league like this, into an MLB projection
Scouting report[iii] –
. One of Kang’s biggest tools is his raw power. Although the shortstop position puts heavy emphasis on defense, Kang has been one of the best sluggers in KBO for years, hitting at least 20 HR in three straight seasons (the only shortstop in the KBO to do so). He also makes good contact and can get on base. Defensively, Kang is known for his strong arm. Although he is not very agile in the field, his strong arm makes up for it in his ability to play the shortstop position. However, he has committed errors in routine plays at times, which has led some experts to doubt whether he can be an everyday shortstop in MLB.
He’s 27-years old and Greek to me, and all you’re doing here is pissing into the wind by spending money to a team rather than the player.
I’m sorry, but posting sucks and I pass on stuff like this
I know history always proves me wrong on investments like this, but, one again… I’m sticking with Wilmer Flores on opening day…
Erik Hudson sent me a very interesting article on Mike Piazza and his thoughts about the 2015 Mets:
“I think that the offense situation will be addressed. David Wright obviously has to come back, hopefully he’s healthy the whole year. He is a big keystone in that lineup, he’s the big guy and you need to put good hitters around him, guys that can get on base and manufacture runs. I never enjoyed playing for a team that was so streaky offensively. The team that we were on, was one thing you can say is that we were able to manufacture runs when we weren’t swinging the bat that well. That does two things: 1) It allows you to win those games that you should win—one run games that will get you to the playoffs and beyond; and 2) It gives the pitching staff a break. It takes the burden off of them because they know that they’re going to get those games. You know when you win the 7-1, winning the 8-1 games, that’s great but those 1-0, 2-1 games are the ones you need to really prove that you can win and will give the pitching staff more confidence. So I’ve always wanted to do my job offensively for the pitching staff so that they felt more confident.
Check out the entire article[iv]