Quick Hits: Kemp, Mijares, Teagarden

The Tigers overcame a tense ninth inning to cinch a 2-1 victory in tonight's Game Three, taking a 3-0 lead over the Yankees in the ALCS.  Justin Verlander allowed three hits and one run (a ninth-inning Eduardo Nunez homer) over 8 1/3 innings, while Phil Coke allowed two singles but held on to pick up the save.  Here's the latest from around baseball…


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27 Comments on "Quick Hits: Kemp, Mijares, Teagarden"


Tony DiQuattro
2 years 10 months ago

So… how is CF significantly more physically demanding than left or right?

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start_wearing_purple
2 years 10 months ago

Center fielders are traditionally expected to cover more territory than the other outfielders.

Lunchbox45
2 years 10 months ago

i still don’t buy the fact that a few less steps per ball hit to you could increase his health and longevity.

moving someone from LF to 1B I get, moving someone from CF to the corner really does make sense unless the dodgers have someone else who is better defensively

East Coast Bias
2 years 10 months ago

I’m with you. The difference of erosion or injury risk from CF to LF is probably minuscule, and not worth the move.

Lunchbox45
2 years 10 months ago

I wonder if crawford would be better defensively than kemp.. guess it comes down to what kinda shape cc has kept himself in

Double_Up
2 years 10 months ago

Maybe. But in CF you have to cover a lot more ground, back up SS and 2B, and back up LF and RF. If you run well and are a bit lax it isn’t more wear-and-tear to play CF, but if you play to win and play hard it is.

iheartyourfart
2 years 10 months ago

its not the amount of ground that they have to cover… it’s moreso the number of chances they get. centerfielders have to make more plays so there is more of a chance that something goes wrong. a hamstring pull, a collision, a broken wrist on a dive, etc.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
2 years 10 months ago

not sure i really buy that. More guys than not have a pull field, very few consistently put the ball right up the middle. I wonder if there are statistics about % of chances CFs get compared to the other corners, but Id think its fairly equal, and possibly even skewed towards LF because of the vast number of RHH in the league

Lunchbox45
2 years 10 months ago

do you have proof of that? I’ve never heard of that before..

in fact i would think center fielders have less work as opposed to more. most spray charts are pull happy are they not?

2 years 10 months ago

I will agree with you, but lets look at Carlos Beltran, he’s been healthy since been moved to RF

lakersdodgersyankees4life
2 years 10 months ago

Beltran is just a guy who got too old to play CF. Same with Torii Hunter. RF let them play every day without hurting their team with defense

Tony DiQuattro
2 years 10 months ago

I understand that, it’s the idea that covering a little less ground or having to make a few less plays will be anything more than marginally better at preventing injuries.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
2 years 10 months ago

Kemp has the speed and instinct to play CF. He has learned the position to a point that he can play it without being anything close to a burden. As far as the injuries, if he was in RF, LF or CF, if he hit that wall at the same speed and viciousness, he was going to be hurt. With the hammy, it seemed like something that was just unfortunate. He came back, after being completely cleared, and he was re-injured the next game. Just bad luck

Kevin Swords
2 years 10 months ago

There’s a reason that CF is a more demanding position–a lot of it has to do with the amount of ground that they are required to cover (also have to back up the other OF positions). CF provides different angles (or lack there of) than the corner OF positions. It is far less common for a corner outfielder to run directly into a wall at full speed. The angle of the ball coming off of the bat gives a corner outfielder a better idea of where it’s going to go and allows them to get a better view of the wall vs a ball hit directly over a center-fielders head. Additionally, hard hit balls to a corner outfielder are more likely to go off the wall before the outfielder can run them down–in CF the ball has further to travel and will hang up longer and allow the outfielder to run under it, thus more risk for injury (hard hit balls are the ones that are more dangerous because the outfielder has less time to look for the wall–on a deep fly they are able to momentarily take their eye off the ball in order to search for the wall).

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
2 years 10 months ago

Adding to this, Kemp tends to play shallow and make up the difference with speed. This may be why he often hits the warning track under full steam, and the wall awaits. Convincing him to play a little deeper might be a better idea than moving him to another outfield position where the same injuries could happen if he continues to play shallow. Even if first base was available, moving Kemp there makes no sense. Not only has he never played infield, his speed and arm would be totally wasted there.

Sco
2 years 10 months ago

We need to move Matt Kemp far away from the Center Field wall asap… we can’t afford to have his nemesis (the wall, of course) anywhere near him if he is fielding a play.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
2 years 10 months ago

catcher it is

rainyperez
2 years 10 months ago

Just tell Kemp not to run into walls and he’ll be A-OK.

N1120A
2 years 10 months ago

Crawford’s arm is not good, which has kept him out of CF in his career. TJS might not help that. Kemp has one of the strongest arms in baseball and is just about as fast as Crawford.

Tim Korey
2 years 10 months ago

Interesting managerial list. No current catchers on the list is kind of surprising.

sourbob
2 years 10 months ago

Current catchers or former catchers?

Tim Korey
2 years 10 months ago

Current. The list is 10 currnet players who might be a good manager someday. You just look around baseball and it seems a good number of managers at some point during their playing days were catchers. Scosia, Methany, Girardi, Bochy (I believe), etc

sourbob
2 years 10 months ago

My bad. My reading of this entry and another one on managerial searches kind of ran together. You have a good point.

John
2 years 10 months ago

I thought the new owners of the Dodger were rich. Instead of moving Kemp, why not just add padding to the walls?

N1120A
2 years 10 months ago

It wasn’t a Dodger Stadium wall that Kemp was hurt on.

jondogg2010
2 years 10 months ago

It would be ballsy but I think the Dodgers and Red Sox should work on a trade for Ethier. I think he would be a great fit in RF for the Sox. Great overall player, solid clubhouse presense and hey, he’s best friends with Pedroia! Then you place the ‘ol C on Pedroias jersey and have him be the leader. It matter less who you bring in as a manager as you do realize that the ballplayers will listen/take feedback/criticism as they feel not ‘who’s the manager’. I think as much as they are grown adults getting paid a lot of money if they feel like they are in school again getting watched over, it hurts their mentality and attitude.

Red_Line_9
2 years 10 months ago

Jason Giambi steroids mention funny quip.