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Friday, January 25, 2008

(1/25/2008 05:32:00 PM) - Al

Al,

I love your blog and check it everyday. I was at the Bullfrogs dinner in Green Bay where Doug Melvin spoke at.

Melvin didn't have any earth shattering news. Here are some of the things he said.....

  • About Carlos V in the bullpen, Melvin said he liked Carlos V in the bullpen, and felt the bullpen took a hit last year when Carlos was pulled out of the bullpen. (what he failed to say was Carlos was struggling badly the second half in the bullpen when he was pulled from the bullpen)
  • Bill Hall will not play CF during the first month of the season (Gwynn, Gross and/or Kapler will man CF will Cameron is out the first month)
  • said they will wait until the end of the season to determine what to do with Sheets as far as resigning him or letting him go. Mentioned there are other variables to look at such as other players reaching arbitration and their salaries go from $500,000 to $2-$3 million in one year.
  • Said Ted Simmons will be able to handle some of the media responsibilities that Yost had.....basically saying when the media wants to hang out in Ned's office before a game, Simmons will be able to pull them out of there and tell them lots of baseball stories.
  • Said Kendall will make the pitching staff better because he works with pitchers and calls the game to their strenths....specifically mentioned that Suppan, Capuano and Bush like to work with a catcher so he calls a game to their strenths and the hitter's weaknesses. (I took this to mean that Estrada didn't work well with the pitchers). That Kendall and the pitchers will be watching film of opposing hitters to find weaknesses. Pointed out the A's pitching staff ERA went up a run after Kendall was traded to the Cubs. Kendall is also a hitter who works the count.
  • Really likes the bullpen and the hard-throwers in the pen. Pointed out Turnbow was second in the league in Holds last year.
  • At least twice he mentioned that fans should come out to watch this special group of young players play, because once they get closer to free agency and reach free agency, he can't guarantee what will happen. Tough decisions will have to be made. (My interpretation....."We can't resign all of these players and will lose some in free agency.")
  • If I think of any other things, I'll let you know.

    Thanks.

    Bert

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