• Sickels On Gardner

    Posted by on September 24th, 2008 · Comments (5)

    John Sickels thinks Brett Gardner is a fourth outfielder type…in the end. Click here to read what Sickels has to say on the matter.

    Me? I dunno. Gardner has a lot more skills than Luis Polonia had at the same age. And, Polonia was a full-time player in the bigs, just about, from the time he was 24 until the time he was 30-years old. Granted, Luis wasn’t a star. But, from 1989 to 1995, he wasn’t the worst player in the majors either.

    Comments on Sickels On Gardner

    1. antone
      September 24th, 2008 | 4:37 pm

      By the time Polonia was 24 he had already had 700 plus at bats as a league average player. Gardner has only 100 at bats through age 24 and hasn’t even been half of league average.

      To me relying on Gardner to start in CF next season with no backup plan, would be just as bad as counting on Hughes and Kennedy this year without a backup plan. Gardner hasn’t even proven he can hit as “good” as Melky and Melky is younger than him.

    2. Corey
      September 24th, 2008 | 4:49 pm

      check Gardner’s stats on his current hit streak, I have a feeling this is the real Gardner.

    3. Corey
      September 24th, 2008 | 4:54 pm

      To me relying on Gardner to start in CF next season with no backup plan, would be just as bad as counting on Hughes and Kennedy this year without a backup plan.
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      I think I could deal with a year of Damon/Melky in center if Gardner doesn’t work out…getting more outfielders isn’t the answer here. I have a feeling Melky is going to be practicing his swing this offseason, at least he should be.

    4. MJ
      September 25th, 2008 | 9:12 am

      What about Gardner makes you doubt Sickels’ report? Apart from being fast, he doesn’t show much talent with the stick.

      Didn’t you say last year that he’s a poor man’s Jacoby Ellsbury but not as good? If that’s the case then it certainly seems like Gardner fits the 4th OF mold.

    5. Jake1
      September 25th, 2008 | 11:39 am

      You can certainly survive with Gardner as an everday CF with his defensive skills and speed. He really does need to hit better and his minor track record says he can.

      I think they’ll go into next yr with Gardner because why trade for CF when you got Austin jackson here sometime in late 2009-2010.

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