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[ENEMY LINES]
Josh Elliott
March 26, 2001
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Giants
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March 26, 2001

[enemy Lines]

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Giants

If we're picking teams, and I have one choice of a player, I take Jeff Kent over Barry Bonds. You look at Kent's attitude, what he does as a whole. You have to try to keep him off balance and hope he chases something. If you make a mistake inside, he'll kill you. Bonds is a great player. His problem is his head. He'll never be a good player in prime time because of what's happened in the past. He thinks about it so much. He had the Mets' Bobby J. Jones throwing 86-mph fastballs by him in the playoffs last fall....

Dusty Baker is the best manager in baseball. You can't find a player who wouldn't play for him. He deals with every player as an individual, and he handles the ego of Bonds with a very deft hand. He makes very few mistakes....

The Giants don't have a true No. I starter. They have a bunch of No. 3 and No. 4 starters....

Stuffwise, Shawn Estes is off the charts. Great breaking ball, great changeup, solid fastball. But there's no consistency....

It's been sad watching Joe Nathan throw this spring—81-83 mph. He has nothing....

I look at the centerfielders around the league, and Marvin Bernard doesn't rate. He isn't a Gold Glove, and he's not a legit leadoff hitter. He's a better No. 2 hitter....

They're gonna miss Bill Mueller at third. He should have won a Gold Glove. Each year Russ Davis has declined defensively....

Robb Nen is so deceptive. Nothing he throws is straight. He has a 91-93 mph slider. That's just unheard of....

Felix Rodriguez would be a great closer. He's 95-96, plus movement. And look at his body—he could pitch for 15 years.

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