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 Post subject: Dear Kevin Towers
 Post Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:24 pm 
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Last year, in his age 24 season, Andrew McCutcheon hit .216/.330/.392 .722 OPS 9 HR 35 RBI over the second half of the season. His slump was a big reason why Pittsburgh slumped in the 2nd half last year and fell out of contention. Do you think the Pirates considered trading him because of that slump ?

He had a good first half, so for the season he ended up with a respectable but not great line of .259/.364/.456 .820 OPS with 23 HR and 89 RBI. Now look at him. With Votto getting hurt, Cutch is now the favorite for NL MVP.

His numbers are video game crazy...hitting .371/.423/.651 21 HR 64 RBI

In 2010, in his age 25 season Matt Kemp was having a terrible season. From June 2nd through September 27th, a stretch of 105 games and 413 PA's, Kemp hit .226/.288/.377 with 12 HR and 46 RBI. Only a final 5 game stretch with 5 homers and 12 RBI semi rescued his season batting line, as Kemp finished up at .249/.310/.450 28 HR 89 RBI

Here is a comparison of Justin Upton and Kemp.....Upton career to date, and Kemp through his age 25 season
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Rk         Player OPS+   PA HR  SO  BB   G   AB   R   H  2B 3B RBI IBB HBP SF GDP  SB CS   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS
2    Justin Upton  116 2745 98 650 278 663 2408 385 663 135 26 333  30  35 22  47  72 34 .275 .356 .475 .831
4       Matt Kemp  113 2469 89 581 176 626 2260 349 645 107 24 331  17   8 24  46 104 39 .285 .336 .472 .808


Of course Kemp went on to become the best player in the game for 7+ months until the hamstring injuries this year.
In his last 199 G, 842 PA's he's hit .322/409/.609 1018 OPS 51 HR 154 RBI

So with examples like this before you , I have to ask you a serious question ?

ARE YOU INSANE ?

You are on the verge of making a terrible mistake, and you and the organization are doing it for all the wrong reasons. As the song goes...."I wish you would step back from that ledge my friend:"

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 Post subject: Re: Dear Kevin Towers
 Post Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:29 pm 
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I think his desire to trade Upton isn't based on logic and statistics. There is some 'personnel' reason why he wants Upton out. He started shopping him the moment he became GM and Upton made him look like a fool with his 2011 numbers. Now that he's slumped Towers feels vindicated and is stepping up things.


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 Post subject: Re: Dear Kevin Towers
 Post Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:45 pm 
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matt wrote:
I think his desire to trade Upton isn't based on logic and statistics. There is some 'personnel' reason why he wants Upton out. He started shopping him the moment he became GM and Upton made him look like a fool with his 2011 numbers. Now that he's slumped Towers feels vindicated and is stepping up things.

Upton's not "his guy" and he needs to build a team with "his guys" to prove, as Frank Sinatra so famously coined, "I did it my way."

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 Post subject: Re: Dear Kevin Towers
 Post Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:49 pm 
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KT is insane if he wants to trade Upton, I don't even know what his motives could be.

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 Post subject: Re: Dear Kevin Towers
 Post Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:50 pm 
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TAP wrote:
matt wrote:
I think his desire to trade Upton isn't based on logic and statistics. There is some 'personnel' reason why he wants Upton out. He started shopping him the moment he became GM and Upton made him look like a fool with his 2011 numbers. Now that he's slumped Towers feels vindicated and is stepping up things.

Upton's not "his guy" and he needs to build a team with "his guys" to prove, as Frank Sinatra so famously coined, "I did it my way."

I understand what you mean, but wouldn't he be worrying about Kennedy's struggles too? He had nothing to do with the IPK trade and he could be making him look like an enigma too. I guess IPK has a pretty cool beard for a Caucasian though.

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 Post subject: Re: Dear Kevin Towers
 Post Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:29 pm 
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shoewizard wrote:
Last year, in his age 24 season, Andrew McCutcheon hit .216/.330/.392 .722 OPS 9 HR 35 RBI over the second half of the season. His slump was a big reason why Pittsburgh slumped in the 2nd half last year and fell out of contention. Do you think the Pirates considered trading him because of that slump ?

He had a good first half, so for the season he ended up with a respectable but not great line of .259/.364/.456 .820 OPS with 23 HR and 89 RBI. Now look at him. With Votto getting hurt, Cutch is now the favorite for NL MVP.

His numbers are video game crazy...hitting .371/.423/.651 21 HR 64 RBI

In 2010, in his age 25 season Matt Kemp was having a terrible season. From June 2nd through September 27th, a stretch of 105 games and 413 PA's, Kemp hit .226/.288/.377 with 12 HR and 46 RBI. Only a final 5 game stretch with 5 homers and 12 RBI semi rescued his season batting line, as Kemp finished up at .249/.310/.450 28 HR 89 RBI

Here is a comparison of Justin Upton and Kemp.....Upton career to date, and Kemp through his age 25 season
Code:
                                                                                                           
Rk         Player OPS+   PA HR  SO  BB   G   AB   R   H  2B 3B RBI IBB HBP SF GDP  SB CS   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS
2    Justin Upton  116 2745 98 650 278 663 2408 385 663 135 26 333  30  35 22  47  72 34 .275 .356 .475 .831
4       Matt Kemp  113 2469 89 581 176 626 2260 349 645 107 24 331  17   8 24  46 104 39 .285 .336 .472 .808


Of course Kemp went on to become the best player in the game for 7+ months until the hamstring injuries this year.
In his last 199 G, 842 PA's he's hit .322/409/.609 1018 OPS 51 HR 154 RBI

So with examples like this before you , I have to ask you a serious question ?

ARE YOU INSANE ?

You are on the verge of making a terrible mistake, and you and the organization are doing it for all the wrong reasons. As the song goes...."I wish you would step back from that ledge my friend:"



Couldn't say it better, Shoe.

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 Post subject: Re: Dear Kevin Towers
 Post Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:12 am 
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Great stuff, Shoe. Preach it! Hopefully, KT will see the insanity of this.

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 Post subject: Re: Dear Kevin Towers
 Post Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:38 am 
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In my wildest fantasies, I envision Kevin Towers reading Shoe's post and taking it to heart.

However, I frequently get flooded with movie flashbacks... and the one coming to mind instantly is a Moneyball scene. I'm getting visions of Kevin Towers asking "Who's Fabio?" 8-)

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 Post subject: Re: Dear Kevin Towers
 Post Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:00 am 
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Good post, Shoe...really hope KT doesn't make a critical mistake.

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 Post subject: Re: Dear Kevin Towers
 Post Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:35 am 
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At least the bullpen is good... :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Dear Kevin Towers
 Post Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:52 pm 
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Anyone have Towers' email address? Presumably it's ktowers(at)dbacks.com ? We should all send a copy of Shoe's post to him.

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 Post subject: Re: Dear Kevin Towers
 Post Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:57 pm 
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Ryan wrote:
Anyone have Towers' email address? Presumably it's ktowers(at)dbacks.com ? We should all send a copy of Shoe's post to him.

I believe that would be his email.


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 Post subject: Re: Dear Kevin Towers
 Post Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 5:21 pm 
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Anybody else find it peculiar that the GM is playing mind-games with the youngest player on the team?

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 Post subject: Re: Dear Kevin Towers
 Post Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:18 pm 
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Good post, shoe.

Send a cc to Mr Hall. Maybe we could send Susan Powter to KT's office and she can shout, "Stop the Insanity!"

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 Post subject: Re: Dear Kevin Towers
 Post Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:54 pm 
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Good work guys, let's hope we can make an impression.

Earlier today I linked this thread to @dbacks, doubt the intern who monitors that page even cares.

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 Post subject: Re: Dear Kevin Towers
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dbacks_Nation wrote:
Good work guys, let's hope we can make an impression.

Earlier today I linked this thread to @dbacks, doubt the intern who monitors that page even cares.


A lot of people run that account, but it's mainly Josh Rawitch (@joshrawitch) Sr VP Comm.


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 Post subject: Re: Dear Kevin Towers
 Post Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 7:47 am 
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Hey Shoe make sure you attach your photo to the email to KT. :lol:

http://mgoblog.com/sites/mgoblog.com/fi ... 3961_n.jpg


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 Post subject: Re: Dear Kevin Towers
 Post Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:34 am 
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Ha HA...thats great. Never saw that one before.

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 Post subject: Re: Dear Kevin Towers
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It's spelled McCutchen. Where does everyone get the eon from?


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 Post subject: Re: Dear Kevin Towers
 Post Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:37 am 
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AARON wrote:
It's spelled McCutchen. Where does everyone get the eon from?


Simple typo, who cares.


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