A JS Online Chat without Mr. Haudricourt is ok, but its not the same. The questions aren’t as good, the responses aren’t as witty, the atmosphere isn’t as heavy, the water has this weird taste, its just not the same.
This biggest concern here is that Mr Rosiak only answered 16 questions! This is probably a result of Mr Haudricourt emptying out the inbox last week and readers being too intimidated by Derek from Superior to send in questions, but it leaves me lacking for material.
With only 16 questions, here is a brief winners/losers rundown from this week:
WINNER: Q: Tom B, Madison, WI – You always do a great job keeping us updated, so thank you. Can you give us some possible return dates for Ramirez, Hart, Narveson and Rodgers?
This gets docked a little for the “Rodgers” thing, but decent question, get the updates out of the way.
LOSER: Q: Seth “The Monster” Jones, Fort Wayne, IN – Hey Todd, thanks for the chats and great coverage so far this season. Any word on what former Brewers Pitching Coach Rick Peterson is up to? Is he still teaching or training that biomechanics stuff? Ever been to Jeff Suppans bar/restaurant in CA? How disappointing was that for you? Bar Rescue needed
So Seth wants to know:
- What a former pitching coach is up to
- A follow up question to what the pitching coach is up to
- A question about a bar in California owned by a crappy former Brewer
Is Seth actually in 2010 and emailing the future? /mindblown
WINNER: (Bunch of questions about Segura/Ramirez/Rickie that weren’t offensively bad or really that interesting)
LOSER: Q: Ted , Milwaukee – What a job Yuni Betancourt has done! I don’t want to jinx him but he’s on a pace to hit 34 HR’s and drive in 135 RBI’s. From your dealings with Yuni does he like playing in Milwaukee? I liked Yuni the first time we had, it’d be nice to see Melvin sign him to a multi-year contract he can play multiple positions, he does have limitations* but he seems to know his.
Well we knew this was coming.
Ted Ted Ted TEDDDDDDDDDDD. Yuni’s been great, he’s had a crazy good 91 PAs with the Brewers and helped them win a few games along the way. He’s also had almost 4,000 PAs in his career that were pretty terrible. He’s not really doing anything different at the plate and still swings at everything. There’s no swing overhaul at work here or new approach he learned in the offseason. He’s in perhaps the best stretch of baseball in his career and still has a sub-300 OBP. One out of 5 fly balls he hits are leaving the park, its been fun, enjoy the ride, go crazy…but the idea of giving him multiple year contract because of this start is mind blowing.
Again, Yuni is awesome right now and we’re all having fun with the #voteyuni campaign, but let’s just all settle down a little.
*I’d like to address “but he knows his limitations” as I see this a lot with Yuni. What exactly does this mean? Yuni knows he has terrible plate discipline, so his swinging at everything is OK because he knows he’s bad at it? He doesn’t improve on defense, but since he knows he’s bad at it is OK? Its all very confusing.