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 Post subject: Harrison All Star worthy?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 2:58 pm 
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Mark Simon of ESPN thinks so: http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/ ... -hes-legit

And ... guess what ... he doesn't rely on gut feeling, eye test, general scrappiness or Harrison's "heart."

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 Post subject: Re: Harrison All Star worthy?
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Mark Simon of ESPN thinks so: http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/ ... -hes-legit

And ... guess what ... he doesn't rely on gut feeling, eye test, general scrappiness or Harrison's "heart."



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 Post subject: Re: Harrison All Star worthy?
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Excellent article. No one -- particularly on the national level -- seems to discuss Harrison's defensive abilities at multiple positions. I doubt you could find a single player in the majors who's brought more defensive value to the table at more than 3 positions (LF, RF, 3B, and 2B). Plus, he's hit great with RISP (unlike much of the team) and he doesn't strike out very often. His hard-hit ball percentage of 22% is certainly all-star worthy.

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 Post subject: Re: Harrison All Star worthy?
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No. 9 wrote:
Mark Simon of ESPN thinks so: http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/ ... -hes-legit

And ... guess what ... he doesn't rely on gut feeling, eye test, general scrappiness or Harrison's "heart."

I think that Harrison was a real borderline pick. Nothing to do with his performance, which has certainly been good, but because he just hasn't played that much. I don't know that I would have taken him if it was my decision, but I'm awful glad he made hit.

Hope I get to see crowd shots of his family at the All Star Game.

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 Post subject: Re: Harrison All Star worthy?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 12:45 am 
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I personally believe you can make a stronger case on numbers alone for Rendon and I certainly wasn't going to be screaming if Hatrison didn't make it. His selection says more about Hurdle's lobbying and Mike Matheny's willingness to listen to one of the coaches he selected.

While I'll never be able to prove it, I'm betting the players appreciate Hurdle advocating for a guys like Harrison and Watson.

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 Post subject: Re: Harrison All Star worthy?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 1:21 am 
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I think he deserves it on numbers alone (I like Rendon but don't begrudge Jay Hay his awesome half), I just don't think a half season of numbers should matter so much. And that seems to be the point of contention (along with Rendon being very versatile himself and somewhat better).

Didn't we learn anything from Locke last year? There were eye testers who were insistent his BABIP was sustainable because of the movement and location.

It's not that different than people who would prefer Posey over Mesoraco. Did Mesoraco have a ridiclous first half? Yes. Is he better than Posey? Hell no. Why reward Mesoraco until he proves it isn't an aberration?

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 Post subject: Re: Harrison All Star worthy?
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No. 9 wrote:
I personally believe you can make a stronger case on numbers alone for Rendon.

Sure, maybe, but not relevant since Harrison is on the team as an OF'er. Rendon is not an OF'er.

If you want to bring up Rendon vs. another IF'er, then Carpenter is the topic of discussion.


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