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1 hour ago, Stradling said:

No, I think it means he is moving well.  

Which is encouraging to read. We all know what kind of player Albert is at this point. I do think he has value, especially in the ways Maddon talked about in the story. The way he carries himself and prepares has hopefully rubbed off on his teammates, especially the younger players who are called up. There are ways he can still help. Whether we see value in that is more our problem than it is the team’s.

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A manager has to be ruthlessly pragmatic. Every player who makes the team has a role. The manager tries to put them in position to be able to perform as well as possible. 

He has to be encouraging and  yet realistic. 

Very smart to think of Albert positively and spread the word. No one takes what he says as a reference to Albert's speed. That's obvious. It's about flexibility, defensive agility, joint lithness, overall mobility.

And it's all relative to where he has been in recent years. Not absolute measures. I think it means that Albert will be improved and not favoring recent injuries. He will be a healthier forty year old than he was as a handicapped 35 - 39 year old. 

What that translates to is probably a slight upgrade at the plate and in the field when at first. Not a fountain of youth reversal, but a little better production. 

Maddon is really shrewd bringing this up now. It generates positive reinforcement and sets a higher bar for Albert. A message that if health isn't a detriment then more is expected. Delivered professionally and forward looking.

That's how you manage a long time great veteran with intense pride. Especially as a new manager dealing with a declining former great who still has a fairly important role on the team.

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Still laughing over the "somewhat productive" quote.

So, can we expect those choppers to third base to be harder hit now? 

The real suspense will be if he can get to 700 home runs before the end of next year. He's 44 away.

 

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19 minutes ago, fan_since79 said:

Still laughing over the "somewhat productive" quote.

So, can we expect those choppers to third base to be harder hit now? 

The real suspense will be if he can get to 700 home runs before the end of next year. He's 44 away.

 

It's refreshing to have a manager who calls things the way they are. Hopefully that translates into good strategic decisions not based on salary and career numbers.

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16 minutes ago, Vladdylonglegs said:

It's refreshing to have a manager who calls things the way they are. Hopefully that translates into good strategic decisions not based on salary and career numbers.

Then you must be pumped that we are going to the playoffs and we will soon be a championship team.  Because Maddon calls things the way they are and he said those things as well.  

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5 minutes ago, Stradling said:

Then you must be pumped that we are going to the playoffs and we will soon be a championship team.  Because Maddon calls things the way they are and he said those things as well.  

We're only a couple of front-line starters away from a nice playoff run.

And a better bullpen.

And a whole bunch of luck when it comes to injuries.

 

Okay...let me start over.

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5 hours ago, fan_since79 said:

We're only a couple of front-line starters away from a nice playoff run.

And a better bullpen.

And a whole bunch of luck when it comes to injuries.

 

Okay...let me start over.

Someone should tell that to the person who “calls things the way they are”. 

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7 hours ago, fan_since79 said:

We're only a couple of front-line starters away from a nice playoff run.

And a better bullpen.

And a whole bunch of luck when it comes to injuries.

 

Okay...let me start over.

 

2 hours ago, Stradling said:

Someone should tell that to the person who “calls things the way they are”. 

Hey @Lou Strad wants you to know about this...

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Maybe Thaiss or Walsh can actually hit enough to force the issue. That’d be nice. 

Who was the last Angel “power” hitting prospect (aka not Fletcher) to produce? Cron? Calhoun?

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