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Thursday, June 19, 2008

J.P. Ricciardi trashes Adam Dunn on radio show

What is there left to say…

“Do you know the guy doesn’t really like baseball that much?” Ricciardi said to the caller. “Do you know the guy doesn’t have a passion to play the game that much? How much do you know about the player?

“There’s a reason why you’re attracted to some players and there’s a reason why you’re not attracted to some players. I don’t think you’d be very happy if we brought Adam Dunn here …

“We’ve done our homework on guys like Adam Dunn and there’s a reason why we don’t want Adam Dunn. I don’t want to get into specifics.”

...“He’s a lifetime .230, .240 hitter that strikes out a ton and hits home runs,” Ricciardi said.

“Yes, he hits home runs, which none of the Toronto Blue Jays are doing,” the caller replied.

That retort triggered Ricciardi’s shot at Dunn as a player who “doesn’t really like baseball that much.”

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   101. flournoy Posted: June 19, 2008 at 07:03 PM (#2826095)
I know that Chipper Jones leads the NL. I assume that Lance Berkman is up near the top, too. Beyond that, I couldn't tell you much about the "top hitters" in either league.
   102. vortex of dissipation Posted: June 19, 2008 at 07:05 PM (#2826098)
We watch baseball because we enjoy it. A professional baseball player, including spring training, will participate (either play or be ready to play) about 200 games a year. It's seven (eight, if his team makes the playoffs) months straight, with very few days off. No five day work weeks and two days off. I can understand why the last thing a player would want to is watch baseball. It must get to be a grind after a while.

During basketball season, I work several games a week. I enjoy it very much, and I've been told by higher ups that I'm very good at what I do, one of the best in the country. I like basketball, I really do. But I much prefer baseball, soccer, or F1, if I want to watch sports. I'll watch college BB games, specifically to watch upcoming teams that are going to be involved in games I'm working. But I never watch an NBA game, and rarely watch a college game if I don't have some professional reason for doing so. Does that affect how well I do my job? Not a bit.
   103. Conor Posted: June 19, 2008 at 07:16 PM (#2826112)
He does play defense, doesn't he? It would help him to know hitters on other teams for that reason alone.

What does knowing the hitters have to do with knowing who the top guys in the league in batting average are?
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