Ah, screw it, let's start one up tonight.
Your dreams were your ticket out
To that same old place that you laughed about
Well the names have all changed
Since you hung around
But those dreams have remained
And they're turned around
Who'd have thought they'd lead ya
Back here where we need ya?
Yeah, we tease him a lot
'Cause we've got him on the spot
Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back
This might surprise you, but I'm fine with Conine being on the team. I think it's a bit of a waste of time to bother with Niner at this stage of his career and in the place where we're at, but I just hope he contributes some and does the job we brought him back to do as a leader.
Here are his last four years:
AB AVG OBP SLG HR BB 2002 BAL 451 .273 .307 .448 15 25 2003 BAL/FLA 577 .282 .338 .459 20 50 2004 FLA 521 .280 .340 .432 14 48 2005 FLA 335 .304 .374 .403 3 38
I always found Conine's loss of walk-rate in 2002 to be peculiar, and it appears to have been an aberration. Last year, besides the power loss, he hit very similarly to his 2001 season with us, when he went .311/.386 with 14 homers and 97 RBI and stole 12 bases. Conine also has been caught stealing five times in the last four years and they all happened in 2004. Otherwise, he's a perfect 15-for-15.
Like Hernandez, include ABs in Conine's projection. I'm of the same mindset that I've seen a couple of you mention before: The more Conine plays, the more likely it is that the team isn't doing well. So the line: AB, AVG/OBP/SLG, HR, BB.