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 Post subject: Neil Walker: Start hitting
PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:39 am 
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and stop whining.

I like Neil, but to think there is some conspiracy against him and Bixler because they were brought in by Littlefield is asinine.

Neil, start performing and you will be everyone's guy.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09223/990013-63.stm

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 Post subject: Re: Neil Walker: Start hitting
PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:46 am 
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I'm thinking Cleveland may be a good match for him. They've needed a third baseman since they got rid of Blake. Or have they moved Peralta there...


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 Post subject: Re: Neil Walker: Start hitting
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Putting yourself in a category with Brian Bixler = instant failure.


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 Post subject: Re: Neil Walker: Start hitting
PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 11:00 am 
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urbanexplorer wrote:
Putting yourself in a category with Brian Bixler = instant failure.


Not exactly how you gain credibility.

Neil is from Pittsburgh. His dad should have an honest talk with him. He thinks that he has accomplished so much and performed so well. And he has compared to the high school kid he was 5 years ago. But to be an every day major leaguer, he has a long way to go.

Honestly I wonder what they will do with Neil. I assume Pedro will be the third baseman in Indy next year. Maybe you let Neil sit the bench for a few months or play first, let Pedro blow on by, then let Neil settle back into the spot. "Mind if I play through?"


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 Post subject: Re: Neil Walker: Start hitting
PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 11:09 am 
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Ralphie wrote:
urbanexplorer wrote:
Putting yourself in a category with Brian Bixler = instant failure.


Not exactly how you gain credibility.

Neil is from Pittsburgh. His dad should have an honest talk with him. He thinks that he has accomplished so much and performed so well. And he has compared to the high school kid he was 5 years ago. But to be an every day major leaguer, he has a long way to go.

Honestly I wonder what they will do with Neil. I assume Pedro will be the third baseman in Indy next year. Maybe you let Neil sit the bench for a few months or play first, let Pedro blow on by, then let Neil settle back into the spot. "Mind if I play through?"

I think they should move him to second at Indy. If his recent hitting upswing continues (1.225 OPS in his last 10 games), let him compete for the starting 2nd base job next spring. If the bat regresses to former levels, groom him as a potential bench/utility player.


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 Post subject: Re: Neil Walker: Start hitting
PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 11:12 am 
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If he doesn't think he is a fit in Pittsburgh, where the Pirates have one of the least productive 3rd basemen in the game...where could he possibly want to go?

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 Post subject: Re: Neil Walker: Start hitting
PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 11:26 am 
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From reading the article, I assume he wants to be handed a major league job, because he thinks he has earned it.


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 Post subject: Re: Neil Walker: Start hitting
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Just sounds frustrated to me. Proabably realizing there is real competition in front and behind for the first time in his career. And, for the first time in his athletic life his is facing failure. He's gotta know that he hasn't hit well enough.

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 Post subject: Re: Neil Walker: Start hitting
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Ralphie wrote:
urbanexplorer wrote:
Putting yourself in a category with Brian Bixler = instant failure.


Not exactly how you gain credibility.

Neil is from Pittsburgh. His dad should have an honest talk with him. He thinks that he has accomplished so much and performed so well. And he has compared to the high school kid he was 5 years ago. But to be an every day major leaguer, he has a long way to go.

Honestly I wonder what they will do with Neil. I assume Pedro will be the third baseman in Indy next year. Maybe you let Neil sit the bench for a few months or play first, let Pedro blow on by, then let Neil settle back into the spot. "Mind if I play through?"

I imagine that they'll eventually lose him as a minor league free agent, because I don't see any sign that his bat is ever going to make the cut.

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