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Offline spidernat

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Re: Nationals @ Orioles, Game 2
« Reply #175: June 27, 2009, 08:49:45 PM »
I'm sure everyone's noticed how much of an airtime hog Palmer is. It seemed as if Dibble was frustrated about it a couple of times and insisted on getting his point across while Palmer was trying to talk over him.

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Re: Nationals @ Orioles, Game 2
« Reply #176: June 27, 2009, 08:50:10 PM »
did you read Chico's article about how Eckstein completely changed Bard's swing? pretty interesting stuff.

I don't read Chico's articles anymore. :lol:

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Re: Nationals @ Orioles, Game 2
« Reply #177: June 27, 2009, 08:50:28 PM »
I've noticed that it's open season on bums from our booth guys.  :clap:  They've rightly ripped on Belliard for being useless.  :clap:
yeah both Carpenter and Dibble aren't afraid to rip anybody. :clap:


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Re: Nationals @ Orioles, Game 2
« Reply #178: June 27, 2009, 08:51:11 PM »
I must be behind you guys by about 30 seconds or so...

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Re: Nationals @ Orioles, Game 2
« Reply #179: June 27, 2009, 08:51:34 PM »
I'm sure everyone's noticed how much of an airtime hog Palmer is. It seemed as if Dibble was frustrated about it a couple of times and insisted on getting his point across while Palmer was trying to talk over him.

That's Palmer's BIG flaw.  He's an extremely intelligent and articulate scholar of the game, but he just doesn't know how to get the pedal off the floor.

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Re: Nationals @ Orioles, Game 2
« Reply #180: June 27, 2009, 08:51:34 PM »
freak YOU DIBBLE.

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Re: Nationals @ Orioles, Game 2
« Reply #181: June 27, 2009, 08:51:47 PM »
I don't read Chico's articles anymore. :lol:

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About 1-1/2 months ago, Washington Nationals hitting coach Rick Eckstein approached Josh Bard and suggested that the catcher change his swing. Bard's swing, Eckstein said, had too many moving parts, too many variables that could betray him.

"It was hard to hear," Bard recalled.

Bard had always known his swing relied on lots of movement. But he'd used it successfully. In 2006, he'd hit .333 with nine homers in San Diego. "For a couple years since," Bard said, "I felt almost like I was chasing that swing."

After speaking with Eckstein, Bard stopped chasing his old swing and dedicated himself to learning something new -- a swing that relied on less hand movement and a shorter stroke. It took about two weeks for Bard to feel comfortable with the mechanics, and even then, he wasn't sure the basic movements could generate power. Then, on June 2, Bard homered against San Francisco's Tim Lincecum, the reigning Cy Young winner.

Bard, after that, believed in his swing. He also revived his season. Before June, Bard had a .174 average, splitting time with Wil Nieves. Ever since, Bard is hitting .400 (18-for-45). Tonight, he's starting for the fifth time in six games.

"We're trying to play the best team on the field right now, and we can't sit him right now," Manny Acta said. "He's playing well."

Bard, as he tries to maintain his new stroke, no longer takes on-field batting practice. The rapid-fire approach, with BP pitchers grooving easy-to-hit pitches, is counterproductive to what Bard seeks. Thus, he meets every day, in the early afternoon, with Eckstein. They head to the cages. Eckstein throws one pitch, waits, then throws another. He purposefully mixes in some balls.

"The swing I had before had a lot of movement," Bard said. "I've got long arms, long legs, so sometimes it's hard to get everything in unison. I think I was spending a lot of times worry about things that didn't matter. I spent so much time worrying about my swing that I never worried about what I was swinging at. Now I'm trying to slow down the whole approach."

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Re: Nationals @ Orioles, Game 2
« Reply #182: June 27, 2009, 08:51:55 PM »
Good pitcher here.  Pull Fat Ronnie and get someone who will put the ball in play.

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Re: Nationals @ Orioles, Game 2
« Reply #184: June 27, 2009, 08:52:31 PM »
That's Palmer's BIG flaw.  He's an extremely intelligent and articulate scholar of the game, but he just doesn't know how to get the pedal off the floor.
I agree with that. Dibble likes to talk a lot too though.

Can't stand Jim Hunter though.

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Re: Nationals @ Orioles, Game 2
« Reply #185: June 27, 2009, 08:52:34 PM »
Dunn is a slug.

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Re: Nationals @ Orioles, Game 2
« Reply #186: June 27, 2009, 08:52:41 PM »
belliard gets lucky to not hit into a DP.

way to go, FATASS

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Re: Nationals @ Orioles, Game 2
« Reply #187: June 27, 2009, 08:52:42 PM »
Fat Ronnie.

I hate you.

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Re: Nationals @ Orioles, Game 2
« Reply #188: June 27, 2009, 08:52:59 PM »
wow dunn

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Re: Nationals @ Orioles, Game 2
« Reply #189: June 27, 2009, 08:53:00 PM »
2-0 COUNT and he hits a ground ball to third base :bang: :bang:

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Re: Nationals @ Orioles, Game 2
« Reply #190: June 27, 2009, 08:53:13 PM »
Dunn is a slug.

That was definitely ALL Dunn's fault.

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Re: Nationals @ Orioles, Game 2
« Reply #191: June 27, 2009, 08:53:18 PM »
For once, please do some thing good AK25

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Re: Nationals @ Orioles, Game 2
« Reply #192: June 27, 2009, 08:53:52 PM »
Too bad Kearns already reached his hit and RBI quota for months starting with the letter J.  :?

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Re: Nationals @ Orioles, Game 2
« Reply #193: June 27, 2009, 08:53:57 PM »
That was definitely Dunn's fault.
was he walking to home plate? sure looked like it.

belliard is terrible regardless

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Re: Nationals @ Orioles, Game 2
« Reply #194: June 27, 2009, 08:54:01 PM »
Kearns had his first RBI in over a month tonight.  Dare we ask for 2?

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Re: Nationals @ Orioles, Game 2
« Reply #195: June 27, 2009, 08:54:10 PM »
freak this team. god freaking damnit

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Re: Nationals @ Orioles, Game 2
« Reply #196: June 27, 2009, 08:54:11 PM »
worst team in baseball

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Re: Nationals @ Orioles, Game 2
« Reply #197: June 27, 2009, 08:54:25 PM »
hahahahah screw you all. Kearns is the REAL joke.

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Re: Nationals @ Orioles, Game 2
« Reply #198: June 27, 2009, 08:54:26 PM »
freak YOU Manny Acta, Ronnie Belliard, and Austin Kearns. SONS OF nagES

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Re: Nationals @ Orioles, Game 2
« Reply #199: June 27, 2009, 08:54:30 PM »
was he walking to home plate? sure looked like it.

belliard is terrible regardless

I was kidding.