Monday, June 18, 2007

D-backs leave report behind

After the Diamondbacks were swept by the Yankees last week, they left their scouting report behind in the dugout by accident. It was found an an AP writer. Some of the excerpts were:

--Alex Rodriguez: "HOT right now. ... Chases a lot of BB's w/2-strikes, both away and in dirt. CH is fine when away. ... (vs. left-handers) Hard in, soft away. Ladder FB w/2-strikes."

--Derek Jeter: "Will bunt and H&R. ... Runs early. ... Struggles w/ball down/in and will chase SL away. ... Get ahead. Fairly aggressive so will need to mix pitches and locations 1st pitch."

--Bobby Abreu: "HOT right now. ... Good guy to crowd once you're ahead. Hammers 1st pitch FB's away w/RISP."

--Johnny Damon: "(vs. right-handers) Struggling w/soft stuff. ... (vs. left-handers) Keep honest w/FB up/in."

--Jorge Posada: "Sits on off-speed when pitcher is ahead. ... Good cripple hitter."

--Melky Cabrera: "Need to ladder the FB w/2-strikes. Chases up A LOT! ... Hacker throughout count

Considering the D-Backs won't see the Yankees again for a few years, I am not sure why this is such a big deal. But if I was still managing, I would leave a fake scouting report behind. What better way to get a batter out then with a fastball inside when they think an outside breaker is coming.

This reminds me of the time I offered Riddick Bowe some food stamps to go three rounds. Once the bell rang, I faked a punch to the head then kicked him in the nads, only to see him rolling in pain on the canvas. He should be thankful though; on my way out I left behind a mustard packet for him to eat for dinner.

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