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Cabrera's errors are piling up

 

By Juan C. Rodriguez

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Posted May 1 2006

 

MIAMI GARDENS ? Miguel Cabrera was regarded as a Gold Glove-caliber infielder before transitioning to the outfield three seasons ago. Back at third base now, he is having a difficult time maintaining that reputation.

 

Sunday, Cabrera made his second error in as many games and sixth this season, matching Mike Lowell's total at third from all of 2005. In the second inning, Cabrera's errant throw on a Garrett Atkins' routine grounder pulled Mike Jacobs off the bag.

 

Atkins eventually scored the Rockies' first run.

 

Saturday's throwing miscue was more fluky, but Sunday's resulted from Cabrera throwing off his back leg and not following through. He worked on the technique between innings.

 

The Marlins now have 23 errors, one less than the league-leading Cincinnati Reds.

 

"I see some stuff that happens that makes me think maybe they're thinking about a play a couple of innings ago," manager Joe Girardi said. "You're going to make some errors, but don't let that one error destroy your day, especially one in the first or second inning. You have to move on. Sometimes that's hard for young players to do. That comes with experience."

 

Interest in Borchard

 

Saddled with the worst production in the majors from their center fielders, the Marlins have expressed interest in Mariners outfielder Joe Borchard.

 

Borchard, 27, was designated for assignment on April 23 after appearing in just six games for Seattle. He must be traded, released or passed through waivers by Wednesday.

 

Marlins center fielders entered Sunday's game last in the majors in on-base percentage (.195) and tied for last in batting average (.154).

 

Hermida begins rehab

 

Jeremy Hermida (hip flexor) will begin a rehab assignment today in Jupiter. After tonight's game against the Daytona Cubs, Hermida will participate in an extended spring game Tuesday. If all goes well, Hermida will be activated before Wednesday's game at Washington.

 

Assuming he plays then, Hermida will have missed 18 games.

 

Girardi said the Marlins are likely to send down a position player and keep 12 pitchers when Hermida comes off the disabled list.

 

 

MINOR MATTERS

 

Optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on March 26, right-hander Travis Bowyer has yet to pitch an inning in the minors. Bowyer is suffering from shoulder tendinitis and has been rehabbing.

 

Right-hander Scott Tyler, the other pitcher acquired from the Twins in the Luis Castillo trade, was 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA, seven walks and seven strikeouts in seven innings for Double-A Carolina.

 

Shortstop Robert Andino played his first game at second base Friday for Albuquerque.

 

Staff writer Mike Berardino contributed to this report.

 

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/basebal...-sports-marlins

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oh, I'm sorry, am I supposed to be excited. He's a Bum!!!! He obviously doesn't bat for average, he isn't a base stealer and he has less than 15 HR in the majors. What exactly does he bring to the table? Nothing!!! Thats what!!! We should stop scrambling to scout other teams rubbish and go after a decent prospect that will be a long-term solution not a "stop-gap finger in the dike" player. Its frustrating, but probably not going to change any time soon.

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I'm pretty sure Joe Borchard signed one of the largest bonuses in history when he was drafted. I also know that he sucks. Those stats are UGLY.

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There really is no advantage to bringing him in. It's not like Reed or Abercrombie would feel the need to party up because Borchard might take their place.

 

Why make the least productive CF in MLB worse by bringing in someone who's not and never will be productive himself.

 

That is counterproductive.

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Ya but whats the next step? No one worth a crap out there that we wont have to give an arm and a leg for, and I dont think there's any cheap veterns or even journeyman floating around that will improve the situation.

 

The current 2006 CF situation is about as good as it gets.

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There really is no advantage to bringing him in. It's not like Reed or Abercrombie would feel the need to party up because Borchard might take their place.

 

Why make the least productive CF in MLB worse by bringing in someone who's not and never will be productive himself.

 

That is counterproductive.

 

 

As bad as Borchard's numbers have been, they are still better than our current options. I don't see why it would be counterproductive. Neither Reed nor Reggie are our future in center, so we may as well give Borchard, a once big-time prospect a shot.

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Wish we would've given CoPat a shot. He's doing pretty well in Baltimore.

 

Despite being pretty bad himself, Borchard would be an upgrade over tweedle dee and tweedle dum.

 

As for the future 2B situation I believe Andino will eventually displace Uggla there if he can transfer his GG calibre SS defense over there. He'd hit for less power than Uggla, but likely a higher average, excellent defense, and more SBs. Never know though. Uggla will at least be a nice utility player for us in the mode of Damion Easley.

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What about Jeremy Hermida? Can he play any CF?

 

 

I think he *can* but then who plays in Right?

 

I guess we're screwed either way. I was thinking...what about calling Stokes up, putting him in LF, and moving Willingham to RF...but playing three guys out of position in the outfield is probably not the best idea...but it would keep you on the edge of your seat for any ball hit to the outfield :)

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What about Jeremy Hermida? Can he play any CF?

 

 

I think he *can* but then who plays in Right?

 

I guess we're screwed either way. I was thinking...what about calling Stokes up, putting him in LF, and moving Willingham to RF...but playing three guys out of position in the outfield is probably not the best idea...but it would keep you on the edge of your seat for any ball hit to the outfield :)

 

Yea. I would rather have the guys in their normal position. It might become Uggla if we change them around. We just need to find a decent CF'er and we will be okay. *hopes*

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