Philadelphia Phillies (MLB): The "Ruf"fled Offseason Thread
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12-06-2012, 02:19 PM
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With Rollins it should be simple, change your approach or hit in the 8 hole, which is where guys who hit .250 should hit.
For Victorino, he should never be allowed to hit left handed as his stats on that side of the plate are just brutal.
As for Howard, he's always been an RBI/HR machine, however his approach absolutely has changed since his ROY and MVP seasons. He used to go the opposite way quite a bit, especially for HRs, but now all he tries to do is pull the ball. His physical conditioning has also gotten much worse.
With Rollins, yes, it should be simple. But it's not because for whatever reason, Charlie thinks he'll lose him if he puts him in his place. I understand it at the surface level, though I don't know why some players are too stubborn for their own good to take criticism and advice. I sometimes think if Rollins never won that MVP, it'd make things easier for Charlie.
Howard changed because he got paid. It was ingrained in his head, you are the slugger of this team, now knock off that opposite field crap and hit more long ones. I'm not saying it's right, but that's what happened and it's too late to go back now.
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