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What's great about Frazier, is that even through his struggles last year, there were moments day-to-day in which the coaching staff were pleased with his progress. Talent and hard work always pay off, and Frazier understands the game of baseball, and works pretty damn hard at it.

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I think Gomes has a ton of value, but likely more to the Indians than anyone else. Defensively, he's top five or six, and while some folks think is in decline this year defensively too, I disagree. Great arm, and really handles the hell out of our staff. That said, if Perez were healthy, and someone came a knockin', I'd be listening.

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Having a problem with "fast balls" and "soft stuff" is a helluva worry.

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So that last line-up does lump together switchies righties and lefties...but there's be some malleability there...obviously...

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Actually, according to the statistics, almost 300 people read this piece...

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I guess, in the end, I wanted a gamebreaker. All of these guys are flawed in one way or another, but Maybin is that one flawed player, that may come cheaper than expected, but could explode into a 5+ WAR player. Of course, hen could end up sucking too. Either way, I like the idea of getting a guy that could have been a Tiger, and watching him blossom...

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Joe, first and foremost, thanks for the comments...and for reading the piece. As I said in the piece, the two stances clearly resemble each other...from early in Longoria's career (I followed him in Durham prior to his days with the Rays, and his first few years in the bigs). His stance was upright, although I remember his hands up a couple inches higher. I also think you'll see that Longoria's foot started on the ground, and his timing mechanism was a bit later than Urshela's currently. That likely speaks to a quicker bat, or quicker recognition. Trust me when I say this, I wasn't trying to "garner attention." I had PLENTY of attention writing at my last writing gig at IBI, and chose to leave after five years. Now, just putting together something over here that's more fun than anything else. As per the visual representation, I almost posted a vid of Longoria, but it wasn't about him. I could have taken out the reference, actually had that conversation with two other columnists, but chose to leave it in, figuring that of the millions and millions that would read this, they would take a quick look on their own. The point of the article was Urshela's changing swing over the years, and how it now looks a lot more upright, and with a high leg kick which likely adds to his timing mechanism. The fact that it looks like another guy's swing here in North Carolina is likely a happenstance, and while there are clearly others that have a swing resemling Urshelas, obvioiusly, I paid a lot more attention to the pedigree of Longoria while he was here, so it stands out. As I said in the piece, it's just a stance, and it's not a dead end at all. It only detracts from Urshela if you let it. I will take your opinion into account though my man, as my writing over the years is always evolving (or devolving I suppose...;) ) Have a great one...

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Amen Andrew...and we wouldn't have to deal with him in the finals either. He was outstanding in the booth though...

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Here's the thing Mike, and you nail this: you can't expect performance in a game of preparation...when you've not had preparation. My biggest knock on the #Indians  over the years is handling of certain pitchers in particular, who can't seem to find normalcy. House has earned that. There are a lot of variables there that need to be taken into account. Is he elite? Likely no. Is he really good? I sure hope we get to find out...

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OUTSTANDING PIECE JOE!!!!! 
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