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    • I have stated that I believe that he will improve. 100% I think he will improve but I also do not believe that he is ever going to be the best defensive option at the position and on a team like the O's who have gone out of their way to prioritize defense up the middle, I just don't see him being the guy there unless they give him the Manny treatment at the end of his tenure with the O's and potentially market him to other teams as a SS for trade value. Eventually I think they can they stick him there if they absolutely have to do so and he won't butcher the position but he's not going to be a good defender. That's my feeling. Perhaps they eventually can live with the subpar D there if it increases his trade value when the time comes. Maybe he will shock me and improve enough to be good there. I doubt it...although David Eckstein had a long career as a SS in the majors despite MAJOR physical limitations and generally poor defense as a SS.. and he was not half the offensive player that JH is going to grow into. 
    • I don’t think this discussions matters for what the team does this year.  In the NFL, elite tackle prospects get drafted and play guard their first year.    Zero about this conversation has to do with 2024, deal the first half of the season.
    • They believe he could play SS if that’s what the team needed him to do.  But it appears that’s not what the O’s think is best for the team now, and it’s likely he’ll be at 2B a long time if that’s where he gets most of his reps this year.   This really isn’t very different than when Manny came up.  He was drafted as a SS, played almost nothing but SS in the minors, but the opening was at 3B because the O’s had a very good defensive SS.   So he played 3B, excelled there, and when he tried moving back to SS 5-6 years later, he wasn’t all that good there and moved back to 3B.   It wasn’t because the evaluators were wrong about Manny when he was drafted.   It’s just how his career developed.     
    • I feel like every pitcher who ever gets in shape ends up basically being worse.  Didn't help CC.  Didn't really help El Sid.  There are others but they aren't at the top of mind at the moment.  Now, maybe with the pitch clock it could make more of a difference.  I am hoping for Irvin.
    • Longenhagen doesn't write about Gunnar or MLB'ers much anymore, but doing a compare-contrast in this afternoon's chat, he volunteers he now thinks Holliday projects more surely at SS than Gunnar did for him this time last year.      Gunnar's defensive growth was part of his 2023 success. 12:08 Angelus Novus: Why is Hollday (70) graded higher than pre-2023 Gunnar/Carroll (65s)? Who do you take over the next decade, from that group?     12:08 Eric A Longenhagen: Better perceived chance to stay at SS than I had of Gunnar at that point. Tough not to take Gunnar of those three in this moment.  
    • Totally agree.  I trust the guys making the decisions to put the best player at the best spot on the field.
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