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There was a diving catch he made the other day that the announcers raved about, but it looked to me like he took a pretty circuituous route to the ball..... Not that he's not a good OF, but there's a reason Bourjos has remained the CF.
Not that he's not a good OF, but there's a reason Bourjos has remained the CF.
Eric Davis, when he was healthy and at his peak, was so good in a transcendent level.
Also, Bourjos is an insanely good fielder.
As an Angel fan, I've been blessed to see CF manned by Gary Pettis, Devon White, Jim Edmonds, Darrin Erstad, and a Torii Hunter who hadn't lost as much when he first got here as people tend to assume (though obviously he was down from his peak in Minnesota). Not a one of them lights a candle to Bourjos.
Eric Davis started in 158 games from June 13, 1986 to July 10, 1987 (he missed time in both years with injuries). Over that time (684 PAs), he put up the following numbers:
.310/.406/.630, with 50 homers and 98 steals (in just 109 attempts). Also, for good measure: 96 walks. 127 RBIs. 154 runs scored.
“He was a cold-weather kid (with) a little stiffness to his swing,” Byrnes said. “We probably didn’t see him that much against better competition, but the mechanics of the swing were not ideal.”
That said, "poor swing mechanics" sounds like something that can be corrected in A-ball.
Don't get me wrong, I love Mike Trout, he's great at 20 and likely to get even better.
But Eric Davis, when he was healthy and at his peak, was so good in a transcendent level.
You've probably seen clips of pre-NBA basketball, anywhere from the invention of the sport to the 1940's, where a 6'4 or 6'5 player is considered a giant, the game consists of slow passes and set shots. Now put Lebron James into that game.
That's how good Davis looked from about the 2nd half of 1986 to June 1987. He was like a baseball player from 2150 coming back with the sum total of all innovations in the sport and human conditioning.
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