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December 29, 2001

Mo Vaughn is God
Point-Counterpoint

LouV (Yankee fan):

Mo Vaughn is god.

Lawrence Schneier (Met fan):

Mo Vaughn is too fat, too slow, and too expensive. Plus he plays first base (when he is healthy), so what happens to Zeile. Giving up a quality right handed pitcher like Appier for Vaughn is a bad trade. Juan Gone is the man.

LouV:

Well Tod Zeille is not God. That's for sure.

20 years ago there was a ballplayer named Fred Lynn. Played for the Red Sox. One of the great all-around centerfielders ever. Great defense. Strong arm. 330 hitter with power. Good speed.

He left Boston and went to play for the California Angels as a free agent. The rest of his career he was a .270 to .280 hitter.

That's what Fenway Park can do for a ball player.

Look at Mo Vaughn his first 6 years with Boston. 320 to 330 hitter with power. Then he goes to.. California Angels. Since then -- 270 to 280 hitter.

Playing half his games at Shea, Vaughn will give the Mets these overall numbers: 35 110 .280

I believe in having great pitching, but for some reason, I'd rather have Vaughn if I'm a Met fan. It'll make Piazza better, and give the Mets a juggernaught of an offense. Estes replaces Appier.

By the way, think about the above the next time you hear someone talking about how great Garciappara is.

Lawrence Schneier:

And at Yankee Stadium, the short porch doesn't pad HR numbers?

Estes is a Lefty. The Mets will have all lefties in their rotation. That's not good.

Zeile is definitely not God. But, I can't see him in the outfield. Especially if his elbow is still not good.

LouV:

only pull hitters. Derek Jeter does not make out well, HR wise, playing there. Shane Spencer makes out well. Yankee stadium is a pitcher's ballpark by today's standards. Shea is death valley.

Zeille is going to the outfield?

Lawrence Schneier:

If they don't trade him, where else would he go?

LouV:

minor leagues.

Lawrence Schneier:

he's not that bad, and I don't think the Met's want a $6.5 million minor leaguer.

To be continued.

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