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Gaby's bunt, Cameron's influence

   Surprised the heck out of us last night when we discovered that Jack McKeon didn't order the first-inning bunt try from Gaby Sanchez with runners at first and second and no outs. All of us assumed it was McKeon up to his usual bag of tricks.

    Here was a player (in Sanchez) who was hitting decently (.270) with runners in scoring position and had enjoyed good success against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick (7 for 13 with a double and a home run) going into the game. But Sanchez popped out trying to bunt and Hanley Ramirez grounded into a double play to end the inning.

    Two innings later, Sanchez came up with runners at first and second and two outs and ripped a single to right off Kendrick.

    While McKeon said he didn't order the bunt, he enthusiastically applauded it:

    "That was his own," McKeon said. "You've got to give him credit. He's an unselfish player trying to do something. He saw the third baseman (playing) back. He decided he'd bunt one and fill the bases for us. Very unselfish. Didn't work out, but gotta tip your hat to him. At least he's trying. In '03, we saw Pudge do that a number of times and the next guy came in and got the base hit and put us out in front a couple of times. I had no complaints with that. Just didn't execute right. But he had great intentions. We need more of that."

    Asked whether it was the best decision given Sanchez's successful track record against Kendrick, McKeon replied: "Yeah, but that's history. That's past. You live by the stats, you die by the stats. The way we are, heck, we need to score runs. We need to get guys in scoring position and hope we get a break. So I would rather have the guy on third. If he could have made the bunt, it would have been bases loaded and nobody out."

    Anyone care to offer an opinion on Sanchez's decision to bunt?

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    Not really sure what Mike Cameron has left in him at this late stage, and he didn't sound too convinced about his future when I asked him how long he intended to continue playing. But Cameron's presence is already being felt.

    Logan Morrison was raving about Cameron and comments the veteran made on the bench throughout the course of last night's game. And Cameron was conspicuously available to sign autographs for a group of kids beforehand.

    After Bryan Petersen's sketchy game in center last night (he watched one liner sail over his head after taking a poor route and had another ball get past him), it was no surprise to hear McKeon say that Cameron would be in the lineup tonight. We'll see. There's always a chance Cameron could be the next Jacques Jones, only with the extra clubhouse intangibles.

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laurelbowie

I posted my reaction to the Stanton pie-in-the-face episode on the previous blog (about Sanches' 78 pitches) and I'm curious whether you all think I'm overreacting. To me, it's unbelievable.

Clark

Good point, LB. I'm tired of the whole celebration fad, except under extraordinary circumstances(i.e. winning the World Series, pitcher throwing a perfect game, etc.) It's becoming tired and stale.

However, my guess is Ramirez and Bonifacio -- and anyone else who pied Stanton with shaving cream -- are probably unaware he is dealing with a vision issue. I mean, heck, McKeon didn't know about it until I brought it to his attention two days ago.

There are a lot of relatively new trends in baseball I'd like to see eliminated, though, and the walkoff celebration is one of them. Another is the constant racket blasted at eardrum-splitting levels over stadium loudspeakers between innings. Anyone else?


- Clark

Clark

As McKeon mentioned last night, Cameron would be in the lineup tonight. And here it is, with Cameron batting sixth:

1. Bonifacio, 3b; 2. Infante, 2b; 3. Sanchez, 1b; 4. Ramirez, ss; 5. Morrison, lf; 6. Cameron, cf; 7. Stanton, rf; 8. Buck, c; 9. Hand, p.

-- Clark

Glags

You guys sound like grumpy old men but I agree.

laurelbowie

Glags,
I am a grumpy old man and freakin' proud of it. And that's why I agree with Clark that the music could be turned WAY down. When there are 60,000 fans there for a football game, there are a lot of blubbery bodies to absorb the sound and it isn't so loud. But with only 7,133 skinny fans there for a Marlins game, the loudspeakers blast you out of your seat and can drive you to do something rash — like rush out and spend a month's rent on a horsemeat hotdog. Which may be the whole idea. I say, put on some Willie Nelson and turn it DOWN.
Clark,
What are the chances they'll actually play baseball tonight? The radar looks pretty bad down there.

Flav C

regarding Gaby's bunt: he is the #3 in the lineup batting close to .300 with good history against Kendrick. Hey, all numbers point out to going for a hit, but as some of us mentioned before, numbers/stats are not everything in baseball. I think he tried something different, didnt work, and will not try it again so soon. Good for him and for the Marlins!

Flav C

What most annoys me at the stadium is the smell of that cheese that come with nachos. nauseating.

Clark

I'm no good at making weather predictions, especially down here. But they've just removed the tarp, if that's any indication. They don't do that unless they're relatively certain they've got a window.

Samsons Boyfriend

The Manatee's are a gross embarrassment...When they come on the field to do their,ahem,act..They automatically trigger a Bowel movement in me ,so I dont have to watch them...Walk-off celebrations are Little-League..Boni couldnt even get it right.looked like an idiot...Havent eaten Stadium Food in years,bring in my own goodies..Gabys Bunt attempt was a good effort to try to catch Phillies by surprise.but I hate Bunting before the 7th inning,if at all..

Stan M

LB,
You are perfectly right about the pie in the face. And you are far from alone in your assessment of these ridiculous celebrations...especially when in last place. It would be my opinion that with this particular manager, these pie episodes will stop; let's hope so. It shows how young and immature these ballplayers really are. As a fellow oldtimer, I also question some of the high fives in the dugout; especially when an out is recorded.

Clark,
With regards to Gabby's bunt play, I think it was far from a smart move. First the question must be, is Gabby a VERY proficient bunter. The only instance when it would be a success is if he reached 1st base. If only a sacrifice, they could walk Hanley to set up a double play and work on Logan who has the lowest batting percentage of the 3 players in question with men in scoring position. There was just as much chance of running them out of the entire inning as there was that the bunt would allow him to reach 1st base himself. Bottom line: dumb play.

Just as an aside, I believe Vin SCully once said that Roy Campanella never once in his entire career failed to exercise a successful bunt when called upon to do so.

Samsons Boyfriend

Cameron could not catch up with fastballs last nite and fouled every one off before popping up to infield..Dont like him starting in place of Petey in CF..Cameron will be gone in a month

Glags

I know some of you are old men. I was just BS-ing. I'd avoid the 150 section on fiesta Fridays. It's very annoying even for a young buc like me.

Samsons Boyfriend

you mean Ricky Ricardo and the Babaloos?? Hate em..They should play in the parking lot...

laurelbowie

Petersen has looked solid at the plate, but it's clear he'd be more comfortable in a corner outfield spot. Those line drives coming straight at you in center are a nightmare for anybody until they get used to the position and he's had a problem or two. Still, I think he's going to do great in center, which begs the question, What does all this mean for Coghlan?

Samsons Boyfriend

Cogs has entered the Marlins witness protection program,and wont be heard from for a Whhhhile...

laurelbowie

Samson's Boy Toy,
The Manatees are gross, but if any of them can throw even a halfway decent fastball and slider, the Fish sure could use him.

Clark

There was no more painfully loud stadium on earth than Shea, with its jumbo-sized speakers in center aimed directly at the crowd, and I am glad the place has been turned to dust just for that reason. Look, why do teams feel there is this great need for "in-game entertainment" between innings? I thought the game itself was entertainment enough.

As for Gaby's bunt, we talked to him about it a moment ago and he gave the following reasons for his decision:

1) The team hadn't been scoring and he wanted to put two runners in scoring position for Hanley, who is finally starting to hit and drive in runs.

2) With Anibal on the mound, he felt confident that handing the pitcher a two-run cushion early in the game would hold up.

-- Grumpy

Stan M

In my post above I failed to mention that although not a good play, Gabby's bunt was decidedly unselfish.

Clark,
I personally like it when you pose a question or subject for discussion. It can be ignored if someone wishes to discuss something else, but it might help to keep down the "so in so is an idiot" type of posts.

laurelbowie

The bunt didn't pan out but hey, when you're 50 games under or whatever, it's obvious that what you've been doing ain't working so hot, so there's nothing wrong with thinking outside the box — or inside the batter's box.

Stan M

Must comment that finally Buck is hitting 8th. That's been my primary complaint for weeks.

Stan M

Oh my God! Some of us have talked abut being old. Well, Dick Williams died today at 82 years old. Believe it or not, I was actually listening to the Brooklyn Dodger game when he made his debut! If not mistaken, he went 4 for 5...that's why I remember. Hope I'm not wrong and misinforming. Going completely by memory.

'witz

I was there the night the Fish beat the Diamondbacks in June and again for the 14-2 loss to Phils, and I have to say that my enjoyment of both games was greatly diminished by the non-stop yapping and hyping over that great sound system.
The fat guys dance team is, to say it as kindly as I can, thoroughly revolting. As for the dancing girls, they are somewhere south of mediocre. I wish the Fish would take a poll of the entire crowd (it would take only 2 or 3 innings) to find out who wouldn't come if they dropped all that foolishness. I would be there more often if they did.

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