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Francisco Mejia

Quote from BoosterSD on November 4, 2019, 8:22 am
Quote from David Nevin on November 4, 2019, 7:57 am

Hedges was robbed.

To be honest MrP. kinda glad he was robbed on the award. Maybe this will make him realize that he has to be less of a one way player, especially on a team starved for offense such as SD. Cant win a gold glove when you are sitting on the bench.

 

Quote from BoosterSD on November 4, 2019, 8:22 am
Quote from David Nevin on November 4, 2019, 7:57 am

Hedges was robbed.

To be honest MrP. kinda glad he was robbed on the award. Maybe this will make him realize that he has to be less of a one way player, especially on a team starved for offense such as SD. Cant win a gold glove when you are sitting on the bench.

Nice...you're happy he didn't win an award like the gold glove......what a sorry person you are

Quote from BoosterSD on November 4, 2019, 8:22 am
Quote from David Nevin on November 4, 2019, 7:57 am

Hedges was robbed.

To be honest MrP. kinda glad he was robbed on the award. Maybe this will make him realize that he has to be less of a one way player, especially on a team starved for offense such as SD. Cant win a gold glove when you are sitting on the bench.

I think he knows his offense is an issue.

Unfortunately knowing doesn't necessarily equate to improving.

Hitting that round ball with a round bat is pretty hard with the best in the world tossing it at you all sorts of ways!

(:

Quote from David Nevin on November 4, 2019, 9:46 am
Quote from BoosterSD on November 4, 2019, 8:22 am
Quote from David Nevin on November 4, 2019, 7:57 am

Hedges was robbed.

To be honest MrP. kinda glad he was robbed on the award. Maybe this will make him realize that he has to be less of a one way player, especially on a team starved for offense such as SD. Cant win a gold glove when you are sitting on the bench.

I think he knows his offense is an issue.

Unfortunately knowing doesn't necessarily equate to improving.

Hitting that round ball with a round bat is pretty hard with the best in the world tossing it at you all sorts of ways!

(:

Totally get what you are saying MrP, and I understand how difficult it is to hit a baseball. However with Hedges, what bothers me is that interview late in the season where I paraphrase, "My defense is basically the only thing needed for me to be the starting Catcher." In my mind, it showed a lack of concern on his part to improve his bat. I appreciate that he has honed the defensive aspect of his game to the level that he has. And by definition, that should win him the defensive award, the Gold Glove. However, in this day and age, being the best defensive catcher is not what it used to be, and writers now take in account both sides of the ball when it comes to awards. Add that with our desire to see our team play in the post season again, Hedges needs to start working on the other side of his game, and become a complete player. Then the accolades will come. Hopefully this, along with the threat of reduced playing time, will motivate Hedges to at least get to a .225/.275 BA/OBP line. If he can do that, then his power IMO becomes a bonus to what he does behind the plate.

I truly believe that if he applied himself, a .25o BA with a .290 OBP is totally within his level of ability. Then with his defense and power, he is an All Star. And that is what I want for him and SD.

Quote from BoosterSD on November 4, 2019, 10:04 am
Quote from David Nevin on November 4, 2019, 9:46 am
Quote from BoosterSD on November 4, 2019, 8:22 am
Quote from David Nevin on November 4, 2019, 7:57 am

Hedges was robbed.

To be honest MrP. kinda glad he was robbed on the award. Maybe this will make him realize that he has to be less of a one way player, especially on a team starved for offense such as SD. Cant win a gold glove when you are sitting on the bench.

I think he knows his offense is an issue.

Unfortunately knowing doesn't necessarily equate to improving.

Hitting that round ball with a round bat is pretty hard with the best in the world tossing it at you all sorts of ways!

(:

Totally get what you are saying MrP, and I understand how difficult it is to hit a baseball. However with Hedges, what bothers me is that interview late in the season where I paraphrase, "My defense is basically the only thing needed for me to be the starting Catcher." In my mind, it showed a lack of concern on his part to improve his bat. I appreciate that he has honed the defensive aspect of his game to the level that he has. And by definition, that should win him the defensive award, the Gold Glove. However, in this day and age, being the best defensive catcher is not what it used to be, and writers now take in account both sides of the ball when it comes to awards. Add that with our desire to see our team play in the post season again, Hedges needs to start working on the other side of his game, and become a complete player. Then the accolades will come. Hopefully this, along with the threat of reduced playing time, will motivate Hedges to at least get to a .225/.275 BA/OBP line. If he can do that, then his power IMO becomes a bonus to what he does behind the plate.

I truly believe that if he applied himself, a .25o BA with a .290 OBP is totally within his level of ability. Then with his defense and power, he is an All Star. And that is what I want for him and SD.

I'm with Booster on this.  Hedges P*** ed me off when he said that.  Maybe if he wasn't BY FAR the worst offensive Catcher in MLB; a position where offense is secondary.   He was the entitled/enshrined starter in SD since Pads traded Grandal; this was the first year anyone has remotely "pushed" him.   He said something similar in the offseason; paraphrasing "I'm underrated as a hitter b/c of my elite power at the position"?  100% defensive, no acknowledgement he needed to change/improve!

Contrast his attitude about this to Renfroe who had multiple injuries and NEVER once said one word about it, even though it clearly negatively affected his performance to the point where people are saying cut/trade him (which is idiotic).  One handled his situation as a true pro; even though he had reason to blame his injuries, he didn't.  The other has yet to look in the mirror and say these words:

"My defensive abilities at C are elite in MLB.  I do NOT need to work on them.  My offensive approach HAS NOT WORKED FOR MY ENTIRE MLB CAREER.  I NEED TO ANALZYE IT, AND WORK ON WHAT I CAN TO DO A BETTER JOB TO HELP MY TEAM WIN, NOT FOCUS ON HITTING AS MANY HR AS I CAN TO BOOST MY ARB $$."   Great U-T column in Summer pointed out how Hedges & Myers were giving away much of their inherent advantage in AB vs LHP by never changing their approach.  I at least get Myers not changing his approach, b/c when he "finds" his swing he is an elite offensive MLB player.  But if you're Hedges, why NOT try something different....   I literally don't get it.   Not asking for .300 ... .280 ... or even .260...  .225 would be fine with everything else he brings; .240 = fantastic & he wins GG.

Hedges is 27 ... only 3 more years of control ... should get near $3MM in arbitration .... and a career .201 hitter. He was a question as a hitter when they drafted him a decade ago (not sure what the scouts were basing that on) ... been coached on hitting for a decade ... and in 2019 is worse offensively than his history.

Not sure how much is mental or physical (bat speed, vision?) but there a lot of poor hitters who will remain poor hitters ...

Time to go a different direction and work on Mejia’s defense (probably a better chance of improvement there ... and he has 5 control years and is cheaper) while continuing to cultivate Allen - Torrens - Campusano.

Apologies if I buried the lede ... but it seems like y'all are missing a big point (which I'm not yet sure is true) ...

The article I quoted says ...

... the Padres had a winning record when Hedges was their starting catcher

Seems to me that if that's true, then what's the problem with his offense?  Yes, they'd be better if/when he hits better ... but they can/did WIN already with him hitting his worst!

Is there an easy way to determine the Padres' winning pct when he was the starting catcher in 2019?  I'm interested to learn how ...

Quote from LynchMob on November 4, 2019, 1:56 pm

Apologies if I buried the lede ... but it seems like y'all are missing a big point (which I'm not yet sure is true) ...

The article I quoted says ...

... the Padres had a winning record when Hedges was their starting catcher

Seems to me that if that's true, then what's the problem with his offense?  Yes, they'd be better if/when he hits better ... but they can/did WIN already with him hitting his worst!

Is there an easy way to determine the Padres' winning pct when he was the starting catcher in 2019?  I'm interested to learn how ...

Right...and to play Devils advocate(not defending him) maybe this was his point in the article we are all upset about?

Obviously he doesn't think he shouldn't hit better.

He knows he sucked last year even moreso than normal.

But,like I said to play Devils advocate here...maybe his point was that it is his "defense" that helps

this team win games and any offense from him is "a bonus".

This isn't precedent setting.

Teams have carried very bad offensive Catchers due to their defense before.

The problem is the rest of our offense isn't good enough to "hide" his poor bat.

So lets say we add a Benintendi and a Dickerson...or even better bats.

Lets say Tatis plays 150 games and Machado has a MVP type season.

If this were the case  I would be perfectly fine with Hedges playing 80-90 games for us.

Especially if(as I suspect) our pitchers prefer him behind the plate.

I think we underestimate the confidence a guy like Hedges gives to our pitchers allowing them to throw balls in the dirt

more etc....

Bottom line....improve the offense and keep the elite defender.

 

 

BTW...I still haven't figured out why my posts all double space?

Sorry.

I think most of us have said that in the past, Hedges is fine if the rest of the offense is on point. But last year we had 4 "Hedges" bats, and we can live with that.

Quote from LynchMob on November 4, 2019, 1:56 pm

Apologies if I buried the lede ... but it seems like y'all are missing a big point (which I'm not yet sure is true) ...

The article I quoted says ...

... the Padres had a winning record when Hedges was their starting catcher

Seems to me that if that's true, then what's the problem with his offense?  Yes, they'd be better if/when he hits better ... but they can/did WIN already with him hitting his worst!

Is there an easy way to determine the Padres' winning pct when he was the starting catcher in 2019?  I'm interested to learn how ...

The difference in 2019 was playing time. Hedges was our full-time catcher in the first half when we were winning. Since he couldn't hit, we switched to Mejia in the second half when the team went into a tailspin. So, do you think that HEDGES was the reason we were winning in the first half and not the second? I do not.