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Forgot to mention: Hafner at first

Unread postby Steve Buffum » Mon Apr 30, 2007 2:01 pm

I assume that it was because it was a day game with an off day, in case the elbow barked, but I thought it was interesting that Hafner was the first-baseman yesterday and not the DH.

He actually looked acceptible on the highlight I saw (3-1 groundout). And word on the decision anywhere?
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Unread postby Mr. MacPhisto » Mon Apr 30, 2007 3:33 pm

I saw a blurb in the PD at the end of the game summary.

http://www.cleveland.com/tribe/plaindea ... thispage=3

That's about it. No discussion as to why Hafner started. They've had other times where he could have played prior to a day off. Maybe he just felt like his elbow was up to it.

I don't expect to see him much at 1B. It'd be nice and he's competent there - really no better or worse than all the other guys we could put there. Blake is probably a bit ahead of everyone on defense, but I think Garko, Martinez, Blake, and Hafner can all get the job done.
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Unread postby Steve Buffum » Mon Apr 30, 2007 3:46 pm

The speculation on another board is:

1) Wedge said he wanted to get Hafner a game a week at first. I don't remember that, FWIW.

2) Wedge wanted all four of (lefties) Choo, Nixon, Dellucci, and Hafner in the lineup.
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Unread postby pup » Mon Apr 30, 2007 3:58 pm

1) Wedge said he wanted to get Hafner a game a week at first. I don't remember that, FWIW


Was definitely mentioned, because a lot of people were confused about why this year? Showing he can play first might bring the NL into the bidding. We know he couldn't do it 150 times, so it wasn't really a big concern, but it was in the news.

2) Wedge wanted all four of (lefties) Choo, Nixon, Dellucci, and Hafner in the lineup.


That had to be someone else's idea. Makes too much sense for Wedge.

The speculation on another board is:


The sky is falling. Brady Quinn sucks. Phil gave up too much. Carmona is the favorite for the Cy Young. The Cavs will lose 4 straight. CC is on the block. Victor should play 3B. :mrgreen:
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Unread postby neoleo » Mon Apr 30, 2007 5:28 pm

Pup wrote:
2) Wedge wanted all four of (lefties) Choo, Nixon, Dellucci, and Hafner in the lineup.


That had to be someone else's idea. Makes too much sense for Wedge.


Ha Ha, that's funny.

It does seem like the reason though, as that's what I was thinking watching the game.
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Unread postby MadThinker88 » Mon Apr 30, 2007 10:19 pm

I thought part of the reason to get Hafner a game a week at 1B was to get him ready for the interleague games at NL ballparks.
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