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Alex Gonzalez

 

 

Bill Robinson

 

During last nights telecast of the Marlins/Expos game, the announcer said that Bill Robinson is working on Gonzalez's arm position when at bat.

 

Not being a coach myself, I am no expert. As a fan, I would maybe suggest to Gonzalez to swing hard at any pitch near the strike zone. Maybe if he makes contact, regardless of position, that it can pull him out of his hitting slump. Just swing the bat!

 

What's your view?

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He would do quite well if he would just stop swinging at pitches out of the strike zone. He is never going to get quality pitches to hit if he doesn't develop some plate discipline.

 

It's not that he can't hit, it's just he keeps getting behind by swinging at pitches that are way out of the strike zone.

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the guy's basically got his own personal hitting coach, and he's still struggling badly.

 

if he keeps it up, i think we should experiment with moving him back up--to #7 or perhaps even #6. sure it sounds counterintuitive, but the potential benefit is really starting to outweigh the risk.

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the guy's basically got his own personal hitting coach, and he's still struggling badly.

 

if he keeps it up, i think we should experiment with moving him back up--to #7 or perhaps even #6. sure it sounds counterintuitive, but the potential benefit is really starting to outweigh the risk.

That would work as I have said to my friends many times, AGon would do well in the 7 spot as he doesn't have the patience to take the garbage pitches the 8 spt gets....

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Just a discussion I had last night and it actually is some food for thought:

 

Gonzalez is still a starter because of his defense, but does he save more hits in the field than he doesn't make. My friend's contention is that someone like Mordecai or whoever we could trade for/pick up would presumably hit better than Gonzalez while not being able to play as good defense. Now, I said that defense is a hard stat to quantify so Gonzalez will always be judged by that low B.A. and not his defensive ability because it really is judgemental to "how good" you think he is. However, I did find it interesting that the greatest judge of defense is how many hits you "save," yet Gonzalez seems to give all those taken-away-hits back when he comes to the plate, negating his defensive contribution.

 

I'm still in favor of him starting and batting 7th when Red catches (Castro can't bat 8th), but this argument really made me think.

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