I want to see what he can do in left field. I want versatile players. I think that's very important, especially in the National League, where there is double-switching, and there is a lot of stuff going on. You need versatility.
I think it's great. Why not get thrown right in the fire with Houston and New York, two teams that are picked to finish in the top of their division? I think it's a great experience for our young players. It's a measuring stick.
We're thrown right into the fire, Houston and New York. Why not? Two teams that are picked to finish at the top of their divisions. Obviously, we're going to have to play them at some point. Might as well play them the first week. I think it's a great experience for our young players.
He's put together a pretty good little stretch here. The thing we've talked about the whole way is consistency through the whole year, understanding you are going to go through some struggles. How are you able to get out of them? Are you able to get out of them quicker than other players? Those are the great players.
I don't think Hanley lacks confidence. I think Hanley is not surprised that he made that play last night. Now, he might have surprised some of his teammates who haven't seen him play on a daily basis. But I don't think Hanley is surprised he made that play. He went a long ways over. I'm not surprised at what he does.
Closers seem to be all over the place now. For a while the trend was to go with hard throwers, but if you have that one pitch that's a dominant pitch that can get people out, it's usually where you see the closers come from.
It would have been a great opportunity. I just wish the timing was different. I don't think major league coaches can be part of this tournament because it could last the whole month of March, when we're in spring training.
I love youth. Youth is fun to watch because you get to see them grow. ... When you see a player for the first time get a base hit in a situation that maybe he hasn't done before, that's pretty exciting.