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Jim Thome is embarrassing himself and the team is suffering because of him


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OOO Maybe Thome would be better than those guys in the lineup on offense, but don't you think that it's a tad disingenuous to refer to him as "the Hall-Of-Famer," as though he were still hitting 45 HR's a year, and he were 10 years younger ???
Who would you rather have in the lineup, Thome or one of those three guys. I will take the HOFer.

Had Davis and Reynolds been able to hold down the defensive positions they were given on Opening Day I would love having Thome. You'd alternate him with Betemit depending on the pitching matchups, and we'd probably be giving Avery a shot to start in LF and bat leadoff.

As-is, Davis has been too good a hitter to not be starting 4 out of 5 days. So we're sorta forced to take our defensive lumps as they come knowing that when Davis is in the lineup you're going to want Thome in there as well. I know I could get crucified for this, but I actually wish they'd just put Reynolds back at 3rd, Davis back at 1st, and bring up someone (cough, cough, Avery) who can bat leadoff, provide a little speed, and push Hardy out of the two hole.

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Had Davis and Reynolds been able to hold down the defensive positions they were given on Opening Day I would love having Thome. You'd alternate him with Betemit depending on the pitching matchups, and we'd probably be giving Avery a shot to start in LF and bat leadoff.

As-is, Davis has been too good a hitter to not be starting 4 out of 5 days. So we're sorta forced to take our defensive lumps as they come knowing that when Davis is in the lineup you're going to want Thome in there as well. I know I could get crucified for this, but I actually wish they'd just put Reynolds back at 3rd, Davis back at 1st, and bring up someone (cough, cough, Avery) who can bat leadoff, provide a little speed, and push Hardy out of the two hole.

Yeah, when Thome steps to the plate, as an Oriole fan, I feel a veteran presence there that makes me fairly confident that he will probably give us a good at-bat, even if he doesn't get on base. In fact, when we played the Phillies earlier this year, Thome made me nervous when he came up to bat, which is another barometer for gauging what you really think of a player. I just don't think that we should act like he's the Jim Thome that played for the Indians, the Phillies (first tenure), or even the White Sox though, which the post that I responded to insinuated with the "HOFer" reference.

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I would have been more concerned if the OBP wasn't there. The guy can slug in his sleep.

Davis should watch his AB's, take notes and follow him around the clubhouse. Maybe the Orioles have a mentoring program. He can forget all the stuff Vladdy taught him last year.

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