i actually had a dream about the brewers last night, which is pretty cool. what is less cool, is that the dream started with them having a 4-2 lead and ended with them down 5-4. anyhow, in the dream, jj hardy made a couple awesome throws, which got me to thinking...
there was a lot of talk this off-season about moving hardy to third and inserting the slick-fielding alcides escobar at short. now, hardy is a pretty good fielder himself and one of his best attributes is that he almost never bounces a throw. additionally, he tends to throw the ball very hard and very straight every time, never really lolly-gagging one over to first.
we all know that our first baseman is... uh... less-than-awesome as a gloveman, with a particular weakness for scooping throws and moving off the base to collect errant throws. what i'm wondering is if having a fielder of hardy's type-- maybe a tick less range but very accurate arm-- is more valuable to the brewers than one of escobar's type-- a bit more range, but more prone to uncorking errant throws. i'm not sure it's something that could be measured or not, and i'll admit that my assessment of hardy's arm is basically anecdotal, but it's something to look for as the season gets under way later today (hopefully).
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