Look, I am a big Positive Thinker. I believe that you get what you believe. A wise man once said: “As you believe so it shall be done unto you.” I have seen it work in my life (big time) , so I admire a guy like Willie Calhoun who is undersized and physically challenged in almost every aspect of the game of baseball… except hitting! When it comes to hitting, Willie Calhoun is a pure thoroughbred, but when it comes to running, defense and speed, he is a Shetland pony. He showed up weeks early to Spring Training where is continues to work on his conditioning, fielding, running and defensive positioning.
By all counts, he is hard worker and has an indomitable spirit. I admire that. I like that a lot. It will take him a long way in life. The only thing is, you have to have some physical talent in certain areas to accomplish great things. A person may like to run, but if they don’t have the requisite foot speed, they are not going to beat Usain Bolt in the 100 meters… no matter how good their attitude is.
I am sure that I would have been the Greatest NBA Center of all time. All I lacked was an additional 8 to 10 inches in height. I wanted to… I was determined… I was relentless…I was a beast in high school (17.1 ppg/17.7 rpg), but at 6′ 4″ and a natural “back-to-the-basket” center, I simply could not make it to the next level… no matter how much I wanted it or how good my attitude was. I lacked the requisite height.
Willie Calhoun lacks the requisite foot speed, agility, athleticism and defensive ability to play 2B and Andrew Friedman knows it. The Dodgers know it. Even Ray Charles can see it. They are just trying to drive up the price. Willie Calhoun needs to be a DH, but the Dodgers are trying to convince ONE TEAM that Willie Calhoun can play 2B. That’s all it takes – ONE TEAM!
One Team! One GM who believes Willie can play 2B and is willing to trade for him in the right package. I can’t confirm it, but I was told the Dodgers would have traded De Leon and Calhoun for Dozier, but the Twins insisted on Alvarez as well. I do not think Willie will play 2B for the Dodgers – he is way slow with his “tree trunk legs” and he’s not quick, nor does he have a “soft glove.” Now, I will be the first to admit that WANT TO goes a long way and it’s hard to beat someone who never gives up. It would be a miracle if he makes it as a second baseman… but miracles do happen! Maybe, he can learn to play LF – he would be a slow one, but if his bat plays like I think it will, maybe he can find a home there.
However since he is LH, I think it is more likely that he gets traded. If you look at the Dodgers lineup, you will see that they are very heavy with LH hitters going forward. Since A-Gon is Gone after 2018, I am not including him, but Seager is LH, so are Cody Bellinger, Joc Pederson, Gavin Lux, Mitch Hansen, Cody Thomas, Andrew Toles, Oneil Cruz and Alex Verdugo. Pederson does not hit lefties well and Seager has work to do in that area as well. I am watching Verdugo very closely this year – he needs to take another step-up. If he can take another step forward and if he can start hitting lefties better, he can be a Tony-Gwynn-Like Player.
I like just about everything about Willie Calhoun, especially his attitude, but the fact that he is defensively challenged and hits LH works against him considering the Dodgers plethora of left-handed hitters. I can see him and a couple of other prospects packaged for a power-hitter who is Right-handed. That’s my opinion – what’s yours?
Rants & Raves
- I like Brock Stewart a lot. I think he will be an excellent #4 or #5, but I think 2018 will be his year. He needs a full year at AAA. Maybe I am wrong, but I am scratching him from the rotation THIS year. Now, this could all change with a trade or two…
- Kike Hernandez was 2-3 with a BB. Two games in a row he has shown up. He is also saying he has a more mature attitude. You know what? I believe him and if it boils down to Taylor ad Kike, it will be Kike, because he has POWER! Taylor doesn’t. It’s early, but Kike is back on track.
- I am not convinced that Joc Pederson will hit LH pitching. I mean, last year he was at .125. I can probably do that. If Trayce Thompson is healthy, I see a platoon in CF.
- That means that LF will be somewhat of a platoon between SVS and either Toles or Ethier. They can send Toles down, but they would have to trade Ethier. Either on is possible. Of course, Toles is not playing with purpose right now.
- How about trading Alex Wood and Pedro Baez for Brad Brach? Baez partially replaces Brach and Wood gives them another starter that they desperately need. Or they can have McCarthy or Ryu or Kazmir instead.